SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -

Many communities in the Ozarks will celebrate Independence Day with fireworks displays. Here are some of them:

  • The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield hosts Freedom Fest on July 4.  It begins at 6 and features fireworks at dusk.
  • The city of Battlefield holds its annual Independence Day Celebration on July 4 at Trail of Tears Park.  It begins at 5 and culminates with a fireworks show.
  • Fordland's parade and festivities start at 5 on July 4 on Main Street and at Fordland's City Park.  A fireworks show at dusk caps the activities.
  • Chateau on the Lake in Branson has a July 4 celebration highlighted by fireworks at dusk.
  • Marionville's God and Country Celebration begins at 5 on July 4 at the city park and wraps up with fireworks following a flag retirement ceremony at 8:45.
  • Hollister's annual fireworks show takes place at dusk on July 4 at the Chad A. Fugua Memorial Park. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chairs.
  • Marshfield's  Independence Day celebration begins with its annual parade at 10 a.m. on July 4 and culminates with fireworks at dusk at the fairgrounds
  • On July 4 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., the Midtown Neighborhood Association stages the 24th Annual Springfield’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July Parade & Celebration. The event is free.  The parade route forms at 9 at the Drury parking lot off Benton Avenue (north of Central High School), starts at 10 a.m. and travels north on Benton Avenue to Calhoun Street, east on Calhoun Street to Washington Avenue, north on Washington to Locust Street, east on Locust to Washington Park. The parade concludes at Washington Park, (established 1869 as one of Springfield’s first two parks) where the festival continues until 1.
  • Galena's celebration is on Saturday, July 5, starting at 5 in the city park, with fireworks at dusk.
  • The Salem, Ark., celebration is July 4 at the City Park.  Local businesses provide free hot dogs, chips, drinks, watermelon, and popsicles starting at 6 for the first 500 people. There will also be musical entertainment from the local group “4 His Praise”, and two bouncy houses with $1 per use or $5 armband for unlimited play time. There will also be vendors selling BBQ, snow cones, kettle corn, and more.  In conjunction with the Fireworks in the Park, Hall Rodeo will be at the Fulton County Fairgrounds arena at 7. Admission to the rodeo is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 12, and children 5 and under are free. The view of the fireworks from the arena grand stands is spectacular.
  • The City of Rockaway Beach is hosting its annual celebration on July 4 starting at 2.  New this year is a Horseshoe Tournament and the World’s largest connect 4 game tournament, plus a Hole-in-One Golf tournament. and the largest fireworks display in eastern Taney County!  Three stages of entertainment will go all day long.
  • The Springfield-Greene County Parks Department offers discount admission to three outdoor pools during the Independence Day Splash & Sizzle event, on Friday, July 4, noon to 5:30, at Fassnight, Grant Beach and Meador pools. 
    Admission is $1, or free with a canned food donation. All donations go to Ozarks Food Harvest. Last year, Splash & Sizzle events generated nearly 12,000 lbs. of canned food items.   Splash & Sizzle Weekends begin Saturday, July 6, with extended hours at Grant Beach, Westport and Silver Springs pools, Fridays and Saturdays throughout July, 5:30-8; and Saturdays only at Meador Pool, 5:30-8.  Fassnight Pool is open late Saturdays only, 5:30-10.
  • Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield offers free admission to active military personnel and members of their immediate family (with an ID) on Military Appreciation Day, Sunday, July 6, 9 - 5.  Dickerson Park Zoo is at 1401 W. Norton Road.  For more information, call Dickerson Park Zoo at (417) 864-1800 or visit www.dickersonparkzoo.org.
  • The 2014 Springfield Lasers World TeamTennis (WTT) home season opens Sunday, July 6, as the Lasers face the Philadelphia Freedoms.  The match begins at 7 at Mediacom Tennis Stadium, in Cooper Tennis Complex, 2231 E. Pythian St.  Gates open at 5:30, with live music 5:30 - 6:30. Concessions and the VIP Food Center both open at 5:30.  Grandstand tickets are $10.  To purchase tickets, call Cooper Tennis Complex at (417) 837-5800.
  • Bethel Freewill Baptist Church in Marshfield will host a July 4 lawnmower race at the pastor's house.  These lawn mowers have been modified, some going up to 50 mph.  There will be food, music, fellowship, and races. The event begins around noon and goes into the evening. The actual race is at 2 at 3328 Highway CC, Marshfield.

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