Happy Fourth of July!
Okay, so I’m technically early as Independence Day is still a few days away…but I’ll tell you what, this national holiday is coming in HOT. As in, it’s going to be here before you know it!
Along with the Fourth of July comes American traditions and celebrations that include parades, BBQs, fun on the water, family bonding time, street dances and fireworks. And because nearly every town in Montana has their own unique spin on the Fourth of July (and quite frankly, sometimes there are so many options it’s hard to choose one), this messy-haired girl has rounded up the best Fourth of July celebrations in Western Montana’s Glacier Country.
St. Regis July 4th Festivities
This cute Montana town celebrates our nation’s birthday with a parade, pancake breakfast, logging contest, softball tournament, street dance and fireworks.
Montana’s second largest city celebrates the Fourth of July in style, with activities that include a pancake breakfast, children’s games and historic demonstrations at Fort Missoula. During the afternooon and evening, make plans to take in “Downtown ToNight” at Caras Park from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., with music from Kung Fu Kongress. Rounding out the day: Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks at Southgate Mall, with music at 9 p.m. and fireworks at 10:30 p.m.
Arlee Fourth of July Celebration and Pow Wow
The 115th annual Arlee Celebration is held July 3 – July 7, with festivities including old style dress, dancing, drumming, singing, a parade and stick games.
Troy’s Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration
Head to the charming town of Troy in the northwest corner of Montana, for fun that includes a parade, quilt show, antique car show, live entertainment and a fireworks display.
Kalispell’s July 4th Parade & Thursday!Fest
Gather in downtown Kalispell and enjoy the parade as it passes through town at 10 a.m. Round it off with an ice cream social at The Conrad Mansion. An added bonus: Thursday!Fest runs from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and includes live music, a farmers market, arts and crafts and more.
Bigfork Fourth of July Celebration
Fill your tummy with a free pancake breakfast at 9 a.m.. Afterward, make your way to downtown for the old fashioned parade at noon, followed by live music and food at the Bigfork Fire Station, as well as duck races on the Swan River.
Gather your friends and a blanket and head to Whitefish City Beach for a fireworks show, starting at dusk.
Polson Parade & Fireworks
Head to the Flathead Lake community of Polson and celebrate the Fourth of July in style. The parade starts at noon, followed by a fireworks display at 10:30 p.m.
And if you’re looking for a place to watch fireworks lighting up the night sky from Flathead Lake to Columbia Falls, plan to view fireworks from Lone Pine State Park near Kalispell. The park will be open until 11:30 p.m. to provide prime viewing.
Wishing you a happy, fun and safe Montana Fourth of July!