Fourth of July Festivities in 417-land

Independence Day calls for a celebration, and 417-land knows how to celebrate. Here’s where to find some explosive Fourth of July festivities.

Cape Fair Fireworks Display
Free, July 3, at dusk, Cape Fair Marina, 1500 Shadrack Rd., Cape Fair
This water-or-land show offers viewers the chance to pick their viewing spot. Either grab the boat or hunker down on land—your choice.

Chateau on the Lake’s Annual Fourth of July Backyard BBQ Celebration
$27 for adults, $13.50 for ages 5–12, ages 4 and younger are free, July 4, 6 p.m.–9 p.m., Chateau on the Lake, 415 N. State Hwy 265, Branson
Enjoy an all-inclusive, traditional outdoor barbecue with all the trimmings at this celebration of America’s independence. The price gets you dinner and a fireworks show over Lake Taneycomo after dark.

Hollister’s Fourth of July
Activity prices vary, fireworks show is free, July 4, activities on Downing Street, fireworks at dark, Hollister
Head down to Hollister this Fourth of July: The town celebrates the nation’s birthday with children’s activities, live entertainment, a beer garden and of course a fireworks show. What makes this fireworks show unique? It’s still hand-lit! 
 

Fire & Thunder
Free, July 4, 9:30 p.m., one mile east of the Shell Knob Bridge, Table Rock Lake, Shell Knob
Now in its 37th year, the Fire & Thunder fireworks show has a special quirk—it’s meant to be viewed from Table Rock Lake. Most of the fireworks are shot from a platform on the lake, but others are launched directly from the water.

Fireburst
Free, June 30, 4 p.m., just north of the Kimberling City Bridge on Hwy. 13, Kimberling City
Grab the kids, and spend the afternoon playing, listening to live music and enjoying some tasty eats, all in anticipation of the evening’sfireworks display. Nearly 5,000 people attend this lake-and-land show, which begins at 9 p.m. and is choreographed to music and broadcast via radio signal. That way, you can tune in even if you decide to watch the show from your car or boat.

Fireworks at the Field
$8 in advance, $10 day of, July 4, Hammons Field, 935 E. Trafficway St., Springfield
Fourth of July fun doesn’t have to begin when the sun goes down. Come out before dark and have fun with inflatables and ice skating at Mediacom Ice Park, arts and crafts at The Creamery Arts Center and hands-on activities at the Discovery Center of Springfield. Head to Hammons Field to see the Springfield Cardinals take on the Midland Rockhounds at 5:08 p.m., and stick around for the fireworks at 9:45 p.m.—and it just takes one ticket to get you in to everything.

Fireworks at Shepherd of the Hills
$37, July 4, 8:30 p.m., Shepherd of the Hills, 5586 W. Hwy. 76, Branson
Take in the live, outdoor version of Harold Bell Wright’s classic story of The Shepherd of the Hills, filled with Old Matt, Sammy Lane and the rest of the cast. After the show is over, a fireworks display erupts above the stage.

Fourth of July at Big Cedar Lodge
Prices vary, July 4, noon, Big Cedar Lodge, 612 Devil’s Pool Rd., Ridgedale
Start your Fourth of July celebration off with an old-fashioned picnic and a plethora of games, attractions, contests and crafts from noon until 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., the Clay Self Band strikes up a complimentary special performance. At 9 p.m., embark on a sailboat cruise on Table Rock Lake, and round off your evening with great seats to see the fireworks show. Or, bring your lawn chair or blanket and take in the complimentary fireworks show.

Liberty Light Up
Free, July 3, 8 p.m., Branson Landing, 100 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson
Spend the day shopping and dining, and spend the evening sky gazing as bursts of color illuminate Branson Landing. Before the fireworks begin, however, enjoy the sounds of Chain Reaction, a five-person group straight from Nashville, in their Journey tribute concert. After the concert, stick around for a sky-filling synchronized musical fireworks extravaganza.

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