If you’re in town for the day or the entire weekend, here’s an itinerary to find the best 4th of July events near you.
Saturday, July 2nd: A day celebrating our heritage
Since the 4th of July marks our American pride, spend July 2nd at the different places around town that highlight the Fargo area’s heritage.
1st stop: The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County. The Ihdago Manipi exhibit examines Clay County as it took form on the western edge of Minnesota 150 years ago; its tallgrass prairies and forested rivers supported a unique ecosystem that included bison, wolves, beaver, and communities of Dakota, Ojibwe, and Métis people.
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 erected following Norway’s independence from Sweden.
9th St & 4th Ave N, Fargo
Next, hit up Stabo. This store is your one-stop shop for all things Scandinavian.
Check out these top 21 places to shop in Downtown Fargo for more shopping inspiration.
Summer Chalk Fest
Make sure you stop by Chalk Fest at Broadway Square while on your historical stroll. Festival themes and chalk, cement, and art instructors are provided. This Fargo Park District event is free and open to all.
213 Broadway North, Fargo | (701) 551-5898
Try one of our many locally-owned American spots in Downtown Fargo for dinner. Choices vary from burgers to fancy entrees and even grown-up grilled cheese.
Sunday, July 3rd: All-American day
This diner is the perfect All-American stop to start your day. Being a 50s-style restaurant serving up German and American dishes since 1969, order Grandma Kroll’s French Toast with kielbasa. Check out these other great breakfast spots while you’re in town.
We recommend a relaxing day in the park to continue the patriotic weekend. 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
4600 32nd Ave S Suite 128, Fargo | (701) 639-7152
RedHawks Baseball Game
Capping off a week of ‘Merica with a baseball game just makes sense. The FM RedHawks play against the Lincoln Saltdogs at Newman Outdoor Field throughout the weekend. Be one of the first 500 fans and receive a voucher for an official RedHawks Firework at a Memory Fireworks location!
1515 15th Ave N, Fargo | (701) 235-6161
Monday, July 4th: Independence Day Activities
Bonanzaville: Carnival & Fireworks
To start your Independence Day, head to the pioneer village, Bonanzaville, USA, for a day full of patriotic (and historic) fun!
The historic celebration kicks off the day at 10:00 a.m.
Carnival-themed games from Games Galore, food vendors, trivia, and bingo will all be a part of the big day. Fireworks will also be in attendance, beginning at dark.
1351 Main Ave W, West Fargo | (701) 282-2822
Between games and fireworks, why not grab a pizza? Try a local ingredient creation at Blackbird, a fan favorite on the roof of Rhombus Guys, or check out the newest pizza players at Punk Chef Pizza + Bar.
206 Broadway, Fargo | (701) 478-1968
606 Main Ave, Fargo | (701) 540-4534
801 Main Ave Suite 10, 2Moorhead | (218) 303-1576
Fireworks in Moorhead
While the day belongs to Bonanzaville, the evening is about the city’s premier fireworks display.
Moorhead Business Association will host Moorhead’s 49th 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.
Horizon Middle School and the Moorhead High Career Academy parking lots will open at 7:30 pm for pre-partying including games, bouncy-house, car show, food trucks, and more. Stick around for prime viewing of the show!
Right before the fireworks begin, make sure to tune in on BOB 95.1 for corresponding music for the show. Fireworks kick-off at 10:25 p.m. sharp!
Horizon Middle School | 3601 12th Ave S, Moorhead
Moorhead High Career Academy | 2800 27th Ave S, Moorhead
Brought to you by the Moorhead Business Association | (218) 284-4643
Spending the 4th of July in Fargo means a weekend of fireworks, events, and outdoor activities. Happy birthday, America!