Fargo was recently ranked as the most patriotic city in North Dakota, so we obviously go all out for our Independence Day celebrations.
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.
Thursday, 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, train rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, bouncy houses, kids’ crafts, historical children’s games, face painting and an assortment of live demonstrations fill the day until the big 4th of July parade at 2:00 p.m.
1351 Main Ave W, West Fargo | (701) 282-2822
5656 Ooh & Ahh: Fireworks!
While the day belonged to Bonanzaville, the evening is all about the premier fireworks display in the city.
Food trucks will be on the grounds from 6:00 p.m. until dusk while one of Fargo’s most entertaining bands, Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome will take the stage when the gates open at 8:00 p.m.
Then, right before the fireworks begin, the Star Spangled Banner will be performed. Fireworks kick-off at 10:30 p.m. sharp!
Scheels Field at MSUM | 1700 9th Ave S, Moorhead
Brought to you by the Moorhead Business Association | (218) 284-4643
Friday, July 5th: A day celebrating our heritage
Since the 4th of July celebrates our American pride, spend the 5th 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 War, Flu, and Fear exhibit showcases what it was like for those who lived in the Fargo-Moorhead area during World War I, then 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
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
While you’re nearby, hit up Stabo (newly relocated to Downtown Fargo); this is your one-stop shop for all things Scandinavian.
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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.
Saturday, July 6th: America’s pastime
1515 15th Ave N, Fargo | (701) 235-6161
Sunday, July 7th: Day in the park
To wrap up the weekend, 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
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!