Fourth of July is just around the corner and hopefully so is the summer heat. Do you have plans for this Independence Day yet? We don't want you to feel like you are missing out anything so we have compiled our top five Fourth of July events in and around Bozeman in one convenient spot.

  • Gallatin County Fairgrounds Red White and Boom

    Starting at 9am, you can come out and enjoy food and drink with the whole family. Not only that but there will be live concerts and a car show. Then beginning at dusk (7pm - 11pm) the fireworks are set to go. This is one of Montana's largest firework displays and it's right here in Bozeman. If you can't be at the Fairgrounds, we recommend you do everything you can to be outside come dusk on July 4th in Bozeman.

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  • Float the Madison

    I've never been on the 4th of July myself, but I've heard floating the Madison on a hot 4th of July is one the best ways to spend the day. Grab some friends, some beer, a designated driver (might have to pay him or her for their troubles), some snacks, a flotation device and head out to the river! If you have never been, here is the best explanation of how to get there and back safely. Drive down Huffiene Lane until you get to Four Corners. Keep going straight and the road will become Norris Road. Go just over 16 miles and you will see a turn to the right with a dirt parking lot most likely full of cars. This is where you will leave one car. Then take the tubes up to the drop-in area. To get there go back on Norris Road and drive West just about 6 miles and the turn will be to your left into another dirt parking lot. Load in, lock your car and have a fun safe float on the river.

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  • Livingston Parade and Rodeo

    Livingston has a great three day festival that with the weather agreeing, you will enjoy in the sun with watermelons and lots of sunscreen. Starting on July 2nd the town gets together for a parade down Main Street from 3pm - 5pm. Also beginning on the 2nd is The Livingston Roundup Rodeo. Professionals and amateurs from around the country gather and compete for the big bucks. The rodeo goes all three days, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. With all this going on it will be tough to squeeze in much else this fourth of July weekend but we are sure you won't be disapointed by the festivities of Livingston. For even more information on these Livingston events, visit www.golivingston.com

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  • Backyard Barbeque

    My favorite part of last year's Fourth of July was the BBQ we had over at a friends. Everyone brought a snacks, fruits or dessert and the hosts provided the main course. Burgers, chicken, corn on the cob, umm it was all good. We just sat around talking, playing a little bocce ball and lighting off our own personal fireworks all day long. If that's not the way to celebrate your countries birthday then you're not American! Just kidding but it's a great way to relax and just enjoy the day in the sun.

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  • 4th of July Celebration at the Big Sky Community Park

    It's a bit of a drive to Big Sky, about an hour from Bozeman, but once you arrive, they have a great list of events to celebrate Independence Day. Registration for the events begins at 9am and include a 5 mile and 10 mile mountain bike ride, tennis, 1k kids run/walk, kid's activities, duck race, flag football, and a disc golf tournament. There is also a bbq from 11am to 2pm with proceeds going to the parks committee for BSCC. Then in the evening Freddy Pink, a funky blues band, will perform all the way up to one spectacular fireworks displays. All the events are free of charge as well. Have fun!

    Freddy Pink