Photo courtesy Arts Council of Big Sky
Fourth of July celebrations come at the pinnacle of summer and the people of Yellowstone Country do it up right! The weekend is full of music, food, art, and the quintessential western rodeos. No matter where you are vacationing, it’s a short jaunt to explore nearby towns, so check out the line up of events and get ready for some serious summer fun!
Photo, Rich Addicks courtesy of Visit Big Sky
Kick off the weekend with the 4th of July Festival in Town Square. Family activities, live music and fireworks fill the day. The fun continues through the weekend with the Peak to Sky Festival. Two days of curated music by Mike McCready from Pearl Jam include performances by Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Duff McKagen, Guns n’ Roses, Taylor Hawkins from Foo Fighters, and Brandi Carlile!
Photo, Loretta Hurley
If you’re looking for a fun motorcycle trip, join in the Crazy Mountain Poker Run on Saturday, July 6, 2019. Pick up a card at each stop and whoever has the best hand at the end wins! The route takes you to some of our charming small towns you may not have visited: Harlowtown, Ringling, Wilsall and Big Timber, Montana.
Photo courtesy Bozeman Downtown Association
Start off the celebration with Music on Main, the summer concert series loved by the locals. Fourth of July features Tris Munsick and the Innocents, playing some serious country dance music ranging from barroom classics to edgy original works.
End the night at the Festival of the 4th; a fireworks display the whole town comes out for. Front row seats are at Denecke Park at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, but the show is visible from most anywhere in town.
Don’t miss the Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market, Saturday, July 6, 2019 from 9:00 am-noon. You’ll find more than just locally grown produce and grass-fed meats, the market is full of art, crafts, and ready-to-eat foods.
The celebration in Livingston begins on July 2, 2019, with the Livingston Depot Festival of the Arts. Artists from around the region gather for three days to showcase their art which includes photography, painting, ceramics, woodworking, jewelry, fiber, glass and more. The Livingston Roundup Rodeo, also July 2-4, draws crowd from around the region. Starting in 1925, this PRCA sanctioned rodeo is a favorite of cowboys across the nation.
Photo courtesy Red Lodge, Montana
Red Lodge also gets the party started early! Events take place July 2-4, 2019, with daily parades starting at noon followed by the Home of Champions Rodeo. The Thursday night fireworks display starts at 10:00 p.m. and can be seen throughout town!
Photo courtesy Destination Yellowstone
Located at the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park, West Yellowstone packs a punch. Celebrating America: 4th of July Community Events, begins with the Fire Department BBQ at 11:00 a.m., followed by Pie on the Porch at the Yellowstone Historic Center. The parade commences at 6:00 p.m. (anyone can join!) A free concert in the park featuring Jenna Paulette starts at 6:45 p.m. The Wild West Rodeo starts at 8:00 pm followed by fireworks at 10:15 p.m.!
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