Fargo was recently ranked as the most patriotic city in North Dakota, so we obviously go all out for our 4th of July celebrations.
If you’re in town for the day, or for the entire weekend, here’s an itinerary to fill your days.
Wednesday, 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 10am.
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 2pm.
5656 Ooh & Ahh: Fireworks!
While the day belonged to Bonanzaville, the evening is all about the premier fireworks display in the city.
One of Fargo’s most entertaining bands, Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome takes the stage a 9pm.
Then, right before the fireworks begin, the Star Spangled Banner will be performed. Fireworks kick-off at 10:30pm sharp!
Thursday, July 5th: A day celebrating our heritage
Since the 4th of July celebrates our American pride, spend the 5th of July checking out different places around town that highlight the Fargo area’s heritage.
1st stop: The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County. The new Skal! Scandinavian Spirits exhibit shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in the Scandinavian countries, then make sure to check out the Hjemkomst Viking Ship and the Norwegian Stave Church while you’re there.
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) and then make sure to indulge in one of their pieces of pie.
After you refuel, it’s time to continue on your tour of all things Scandinavian.
While you’re nearby, hit up Stabo (newly re-located to Downtown Fargo); this is your one-stop shop for all things Scandinavian.
For dinner, move away from Scandinavian to German (another major heritage in the area) and try out Wurst Bier Hall for German fare and beers. The rabbit with rattlesnake bratwurst is a must-try along with a boot of a local beer to share with your friends.
Friday, July 6th: America’s pastime
Capping off a week of ‘Merica with a baseball game just makes sense. The FM RedHawks play on Friday evening against the Winnipeg Goldeyes. And, if you haven’t gotten enough fireworks throughout the week, they will be shooting some off after the game!
Saturday, 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.
Once you’ve burned off plenty of calories, add them back on with a decadent scoop of ice cream at Downtown Fargo’s Silver Lining Creamery.
Spending the 4th of July in Fargo means a weekend of fireworks, events, and outdoor activities. Happy birthday, America!