Fourth of July Celebrations

Summertime in Branson means red hot fun for the whole family, and there's no Independence Day celebrations like those in the Ozarks. Whether you call the area home or you're planning a visit, you won't want to miss out on any of the festivities. And even though the city hosts several separate events, with a little planning, you can experience most, if not all of the fun, whether you're attending a concert or watching fireworks displays from your boat. Check out some of the Branson's Independence Day hot spots in 2017:

Branson Ferris Wheel's 1-Year Celebration and Fireworks

One of Branson's most recent attractions is celebrating its 1-year anniversary on June 23. The Branson Ferris Wheel, formerly Chicago's Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, features 40 gondolas and 16,000 LED lights and offers a spectacular view of the Branson city limits and the surrounding Ozark Mountains. Stop by The Track's Family Fun Parks Track #4 at 10:30 p.m. on June 23 for a special fireworks show by the Branson Ferris Wheel. It will certainly be a light show to remember. 

College of the Ozarks

The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks is known for its special events complete with all the bells and whistles, and visitors should expect nothing less at the center's Honor America All-American Barbeque June 25. Visitors will enjoy a gourmet dinner, children's activities and reserved seating for the Honor America fireworks display. Keeter Center events often sell out, so reservations are a must! Call 417-690-2146. 

White Water's Night Water

If you're looking for the perfect way to cool off from the summer heat, White Water kicks off its annual Night Water extended hours July 1. The park will be open until 10 p.m., allowing you to splash and find relief from the heat late into the evening. Brave the drop of the Kalini Towers, splash to your heart's content in Splashaway Cay or relax by floating the Aloha River. White Water's Night Water is the ultimate way to stay cool while celebrating the peak of summer.  

For booking and ticket information, call 1-800-532-7529.

Chateau on the Lake

Come July, summer will be in full swing in Branson, and the Chateau on the Lake is one of the most popular resorts. Its Fourth of July Celebration – actually held on July 2 – will feature an outdoor barbecue event, complete with live music, as well as a spectacular fireworks display to light up the evening sky. Contact the Chateau for reservations so you don't miss out on a Branson holiday full of fun and activities.

Branson Landing

You won't want to miss the Branson Landing's ninth-annual Liberty Light Up celebration on July 3. This year's event will include the Liberty Light Up concert, featuring Jason Pritchett & The Steel Horses on the Branson Landing stage at 7 p.m. After the show, the Liberty Light Up will fill the night skies over Lake Taneycomo with an amazingly choreographed fireworks display that's sure to leave spectators in awe. 

Food, Fireworks, and Fun! Zipline to the SKY deck to view the Fireworks at Parakeet Pete's Waterfront Zipline! Tickets are limited so call 417-561-2500.

Main Street Lake Firework Cruises

Fireworks don't only have to be viewed from land in Branson. For an unforgettable view of 4th of July festivites in Branson, hop on board the Main Street Lake Queen or Branson Landing Princess July 3 and and 4. Whether you choose to board the historic Lake Queen paddleboat or the luxurious Landing Princess yacht, both cruises are sure to provide patriotic views and memories of a lifetime across Lake Taneycomo. Both cruises are popular during the holiday, so be sure to book your voyage early.

For more information, contact Main Street Cruises or call 417-239-3980. 

Firecracker 5000

Looking to start July 4 by burning some energy? Register for the 17th Annual Firecracker 5000, featuring 5k and 10k races at the Branson Landing. A 1-mile race is also offered to walkers and children. To register, visit the Firecracker 5000 webpage by clicking here

Hughes Brothers "it"

"it." Those two letters may make a small word, but they also equal a big show at Branson's Hughes Brothers Theatre, and it's Independence Day Celebration is one you won't want to miss. Beginning July 4 at 1 p.m., the theater will host a traditional family picnic with plenty of games for everyone. Then, at 3 p.m., it's cast of more than 50 amazing singers, dancers and musicians will present a patriotic Independence Day show like no other, followed by a special fireworks display.

52nd Annual "Rockin' 4th of July" at Rockaway Beach 

Rockaway Beach, just a little over 10 miles from Branson, will be kicking off the holiday with its centennial car and bike show on July 1. For its grand finale, the "Rockin' 4th of July" celebration will feature craft booths, food trucks, games, a lawn mower parade, and end with a fireworks display at dusk on July 4. The "Rockin' 4th of July" celebration continues to be a local favorite patriotic event of the year. 

64th Annual Hollister 4th of July Celebration 

A favorite local July 4 celebration includes the fireworks show and Little Miss Firecracker Pageant in Hollister, Missouri. The pageant will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the oldest fireworks exhibit in Taney County. The celebration is presented by the Hollister Fire Department and will be held at the Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Park. 

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock features spectacular views of the Ozarks in addition to world-class dining and incredible entertainment. July 4 visitors are sure to enjoy an unforgettable night at one of Top of the Rock's restaurants overlooking Table Rock Lake as they honor America's independence with an awe-inspiring fireworks show at dusk.

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