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July 2012

Branson: It's Your Summer Vacation

Plan the perfect trip for your family to Branson this summer! Looking for bright lights, amazing shopping bargains, live shows, nonstop fun and adventure? We have you covered. Looking for a calm, rustic vacation filled with fishing, relaxing and down-home cookin'? Branson is the place to be. 

From the iconic, exciting Hwy 76 "Strip" to our three pristine lakes, Branson has something for everyone. 

Branson Celebrates America's Independence in 2012

Branson is red, white and blue every day, but our nation's Independence Day takes on special importance, and several of the region's longest-running patriotic celebrations can be found here.

The week of July 4th is packed with activities for your family, including a number of picnics, sales, concerts and fireworks displays.

The week's patriotic fun begins Tuesday, July 3, with a free concert at Branson Landing from Chain Reaction - A Tribute to Journey, followed by the 5th Annual Liberty Light Up Fireworks Show.

And on Wednesday, July 4, Branson's celebration of America and independence continues with a day of events and more fireworks Wednesday night. See the Independence Day calendar of events here for all the details!


2012 Independence Day Events

Tuesday, Jul. 3 Branson Landing's 5th Annual Liberty Light Up Concert and Fireworks, Branson Landing
Tuesday, Jul. 3 Chain Reaction - A Tribute To Journey - Live In Concert, Branson Landing Fountains
Wednesday, Jul. 4 Shepherd of the Hills July 4th Fireworks, Shepherd of the Hills Amphitheater
Wednesday, Jul. 4 Chateau on the Lake 4th of July Celebration, Chateau on the Lake
Wednesday, Jul. 4 Big Cedar Patriotic Picnic, Sunset Cruise and Fireworks, Big Cedar Lodge
Wednesday, Jul. 4 Silver Dollar City's Independence Day Celebration, Silver Dollar City
Wednesday, Jul. 4 12th Annual Firecracker 5000 Race, Branson Landing
Wednesday, Jul. 4 Rockaway Beach July 4th Celebration, Rockaway Beach
Wednesday, Jul. 4 59th Annual Hollister 4th of July Celebration, Historic Downtown Hollister
Saturday, Jul. 7 Branson Centennial Fireworks, Lake Taneycomo Bridge between Branson and Hollister


Festival Fun and Fireworks to Celebrate 100 Years of Branson, Missouri

Branson, Missouri, celebrates 100 years as a city in 2012, and a city as unique as this one deserves a summertime centennial celebration that is truly one-of-a-kind.

On top of the new Taneycomo Bridge, and in the adjacent Branson Landing parking area near the cool waters of Lake Taneycomo, this evening event will deliver family-friendly entertainment, food, fun and fireworks in an amazing “only in Branson” location.

Admission is FREE!

5:00 p.m.

Live musical entertainment on the outdoor stage throughout the evening.
        The World Famous Platters
        Wade Landry Cajun Show
        Austin Wilson and the MSU Horns
        The Cat’s Pajamas
        Lennon Cathcart Trio
        Dance Branson

Some of Branson’s best restaurants will make a variety of culinary treats available along with traditional festival treats, from Kona Ice to cotton candy.

In the Branson Arts Council tent, see area artists demonstrate and display their work. The Artist Gallery will feature high-quality painting, woodcarving, stained glass, basketry and unique jewelry. Come see artists in action.

8:00 p.m.

Branson’s first “Blessing of the Fleet” and “Boats Aglow” with beloved Bob Hubbard, of the Foggy River Boys, doing the honors from high atop the Taneycomo Bridge.

More than a dozen boats (from Kanakuk Kamp, Bass Pro Shops, Lilley’s Landing, Scotty’s Boat Dock and Ride the Ducks) will be led down the Branson Lake Queen Paddle Wheeler, where a number of Branson dignitaries, entertainers aboard will lead the fleet.

10:00 p.m.

Fireworks set to music will light up the sky, reflect in the water, and blast Branson forward into our next 100 years!

Welk Resort Theatre announces Bob Goen as the host of the new “The Price is Right LIVE!”


The Welk Resort Branson is excited to announce the celebrity host of “The Price Is Right LIVE!”. Starting July 9, 2012 Bob Goen will host the live interactive version of the popular television show, Monday through Saturday at 8 pm

The decade-long co-host of television's syndicated hit "Entertainment Tonight," Bob Goen is among the best-known broadcast personalities in the world. For global audiences of hundreds of millions, he has been seen hosting the "Miss Universe," "Miss USA" and "Miss Teen USA" Pageants. 

Goen joined "ET" as a correspondent and weekend anchor in July 1993, but shortly took over for John Tesh at the “ET” anchor desk where he remained beside the legendary Mary Hart until 2004. His disarming charisma and journalistic expertise made him the show's most accomplished interviewer, demanded by such icons as Jim Carrey, Julia Roberts, and Harrison Ford. 

After starting his career as a sportscaster in radio and television, Goen made the transition to his life-long dream ... game shows. Among other games, he hosted the daytime version of “Wheel of Fortune”, and then followed that up with the prime-time show, “The Hollywood Game”. Currently, Bob has been hosting both “Family Feud Live” and “The Price is Right Live” in Las Vegas and other locations. And now he joins the show in Branson, Mo.

Celebration of Andy Williams’ 75 years in Entertainment


The Andy Williams Moon River Theatre is excited to announce a “Celebration of Andy Williams’ 75 Years in Entertainment” with seven weeks of stars. The celebration begins September 10th and runs through October 23rd and features superstar performers, who cross all styles of music and entertainment.

The guest lineup includes Country Music Superstar Clint Black, Teen Idol Frankie Avalon, Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Debbie Reynolds, as well as Grammy Award winners Jack Jones and Ray Stevens among the group. The Osmonds also return to Branson, as do Pat and Debby Boone who will take the stage together for the first time since 1999, when they performed at the Moon River Theatre.  

The performers are:   

Debbie Reynolds September 10-15
Frankie Avalon September 17-22
Jack Jones  September 24-29
The Osmonds October 1-6
Pat and Debby Boone October 8-13
Ray Stevens      October 15-20
Clint Black    October 22-24

Tickets for all shows are available now online at or by calling 800-MOON-094.

Cheering Crowds Welcome Nik Wallenda Back to Silver Dollar City

Just days after his historic high-wire walk across Niagara Falls in the dark of night, aerialist Nik Wallenda was welcomed back to the Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson, Missouri with a cacophony of celebration. Costumed performers led a parade amid cheering fans, confetti and all-around American fun in a welcome back to the daredevil legend.

Having just days earlier opened his high-wire show at Silver Dollar City, a show that includes his wife, mother and other family members, Wallenda left for the Niagara Falls event with an attitude that whether a wire is 30 feet above the stage, or strung across the Falls, he must treat it with intense care. “I could get hurt just as easily on a wire here as walking over Niagara Falls – I never want to get complacent,” he said.

Wallenda performs in Branson through August 4th, marking his second summer in the southwest Missouri town known for live entertainment, and one that is already familiar with Wallendas’s first-ever stunts.  Last summer he performed acrobatics, including hanging by his teeth, 200 feet above the ground on a trapeze suspended from a helicopter over the park’s packed 4,000-seat amphitheater. 

Silver Dollar City is open daily throughout KidsFest. More information is at 800-831-4FUN(386) or

Peace, Love & VW Bugs

Get in groovy spirits and join us for a VW Parade and Display down Branson Landing’s Promenade on Saturday, July 28.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take an up-close look at the many faces of VW bugs, vans and more – all on display for the judges from 1p to 4p with the Awards Ceremony taking place on stage at 6pm!

Make sure to stick around for the Groovy Concert featuring America’s Best 70’s Rock Tribute Show, featuring The Devonshires! The Concert will begin at 8 PM, down by the Branson Landing Fountains – with two unique shows, 70’s classic rock and America’s Favorite 60’s!

Do YOU have a VW that you’d like to share with the guests visiting Branson Landing? If so, click here to find out more about this exciting NEW Event at Branson Landing.

Extra, Extra, Read All About It! Branson Has a Blog!

Learn more about this picturesque city in the Ozark Mountains — one of America’s top vacation destinations, hosting more than 8 million visitors a year. And discover Branson from a more personal side. This is a place where you can read the most recent information about Branson before your trip to the Live Music Show Capital of the World.

Recent posts include "Six Reasons to See SIX", "The Baldknobbers Jamboree Show", and "A Table Rock Lake Wedding."

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