If you’re in town for the day, or for the entire weekend, here’s an itinerary to find the best 4th of July events near you.
Saturday, July 3rd: A day celebrating our heritage
Since the 4th of July celebrates our American pride, spend the 3rd of July at the different places around town that highlight the Fargo area’s heritage.
1st stop: The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County. The Atomic Alert exhibit examines how people reacted to the atomic bomb scares in the 40s and 50s and how everyone prepared themselves. Also, make sure to check out the Hjemkomst Viking Ship and the Norwegian Stave Church while you’re there.
202 1st Ave N, Moorhead | (218) 299-5515
Sons of Norway
Next, head over to Sons of Norway and their Kringen Lounge for lunch. Start with some Scandinavian specialties (they’ll be happy to explain anything on the menu).
After you refuel, it’s time to continue on your tour of all things Scandinavian.
722 2nd Ave N, Fargo | (701) 232-9222
Rollo Statue & Shopping Downtown
While you’re nearby, check out the Rollo the Viking Statue across the street, this was one of five Norweigan monuments that were erected following Norway’s independence from Sweden.
9th St & 4th Ave N, Fargo
Next, hit up Stabo (newly relocated to Downtown Fargo); this is your one-stop-shop for all things Scandinavian.
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Kickstart your patriotic activities by flying kites at Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site.
Bring your own kites and fly them on the parade grounds, or create your own kite at the Interpretive Center for free!
935 Broadway N, Abercrombie, ND | (701) 553-8513
For dinner, try one of our many locally-owned American spots in Downtown Fargo. Choices vary from burgers to fancy entrees and even grown-up grilled cheese.
Sunday, July 4th
Bonanzaville: A Historical Independence Day
To start out your Independence Day, head out to the pioneer village, Bonanzaville, USA for a day full of patriotic (and historic) fun!
The historic ‘shooting of the anvil’ kicks off the day at 10:00 a.m.
After that, there will be historic games, live historic demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides, patriotic crafts for the kids, train rides, a 2-station Bungee Jumper, and bouncy houses from Games to Go, Terry & Jerry’s food truck, snow cones, and a parade at 2 p.m.
1351 Main Ave W, West Fargo | (701) 282-2822
Fireworks in Moorhead
While the day belonged to Bonanzaville, the evening is all about the premier fireworks display in the city.
Moorhead Business Association will host Moorhead’s 48th Annual Independence Day Celebration at the 5656 Ooh & Ahh Fireworks! The celebration will take place at Horizon Shores Park. The park and its parking will be closed after 3 p.m. for preparation, but you can view the fireworks display all around Moorhead.
Grab a VIP parking spot at Horizon Middle School and Dorothy Dodd Elementary starting at 7:30 p.m. for $10 with proceeds going to milk and snacks to students in need.
Right before the fireworks begin, the Star-Spangled Banner will be performed. Fireworks kick-off at 10:00 p.m. sharp!
Horizon Middle School | 3601 12th Ave S, Moorhead
Dorothy Dodds Elementary School | 4400 24th Ave S, Moorhead
Brought to you by the Moorhead Business Association | (218) 284-4643
RedHawks Baseball Game
1515 15th Ave N, Fargo | (701) 235-6161
Monday, July 5th: Day in the park
To wrap up the weekend, and if you happen to have the next day off, we recommend a relaxing day in the park. Rent a kayak at Lindenwood Park and hop on the Red River for an afternoon of leisure.
1905 Roger Maris Dr, Fargo | (701) 499-6060
Scoop N Dough Candy Co.
Once you’ve burned off plenty of calories, add them back on with a decadent scoop of ice cream with a side of cookie dough at Downtown Fargo’s Scoop N Dough Candy Co.
206 Roberts Alley, Fargo | (701) 639-0910
Spending the 4th of July in Fargo means a weekend of fireworks, events, and outdoor activities. Happy birthday, America!