Best 4th of July Events in Southwest Montana
It’s time to celebrate the birth of our nation, our day of independence, and our deep sense of American pride. Luckily, in Montana, we’re privileged to be surrounded by some pretty fantastic celebrations. While people will be out in droves across the state at their favorite parades, rodeos, and firework shows, here’s our list of some of the best 4th of July celebrations in southwest Montana.
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One of the most popular 4th of July events in the area, the Livingston Roundup is a tradition not to be missed. This three-day event has a history dating back to the late 1920s. Every year from July 2-4, you can catch some of the best rodeoing in the state of Montana including bareback riding, bull riding, team roping, and more. There’s a huge parade that takes over downtown Livingston and the fireworks the rodeo shoots off are second to none. Livingston is also holding their Festival of the Arts in conjunction with the rodeo events! Check out the current Livingston Roundup Schedule and the Festival of the Arts information.
Ennis 4th of July Rodeo
Here’s another rip-roaring 4th of July Montana rodeo! Taking place on the 3rd and 4th of July, the town of Ennis has a load of events planned. With the first round of rodeo on the night of the 3rd, the 4th of July kicks off with a pancake breakfast. From there, you can enjoy a car show, the parade, a BBQ in the park, live music, and more. Finish the honkey tonk night with the rodeo at the Ennis Rodeo Grounds and fireworks shot from Virginia City. This is definitely a fun way to celebrate Independence Day. Check out the Ennis 4th of July Rodeo full schedule.
Bozeman’s Festival of the Fourth
The really cool thing about this particular 4th of July celebration is that it’s free! Yes, completely free to all who choose to take part, though donations are encouraged to keep the fun of the 4th alive in Bozeman for years to come. The Gallatin Empire Lions Club heads up this event. So after a day of fun in the sun, you can head over to the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, spread out a blanket with the family, and just relax. Thankfully, there will be local food trucks on hand to feed your crew. This year, live music starts at 9 and the fireworks show follows at 10:30. Find out more details about Bozeman's Festival of the Fourth.
West Yellowstone 4th of July Festivities
Celebrate America on the edge of America’s first national park. The day begins with something wonderful: food! Begin with a BBQ and then have Pie on the Porch at the Yellowstone Historic Center. The music and parade happen in the evening, which I actually kind of like because it gives you time to enjoy the day and then sit and relax at the parade. Heck, if you’re motivated enough you might be able to check out two parades in one day thanks to this scheduling. And of course, you can finish with fireworks. Honestly, what’s better than fireworks on the edge of Yellowstone National Park? Get more information on West Yellowstone’s celebration here.
Butte’s Freedom Festival
My favorite thing about Butte’s 4th of July celebration? The fireworks actually happen on July 3! I think that’s so smart because people can see two fireworks displays in two days! Double the American pride! Personally, I think Butte’s fireworks are a must-see. Set off from the base of their “M”, there’s nothing quite like seeing that town lit up all night long. It’s spectacular! Keep the party going with a parade the next day, live music, and tons of other family events. See what Butte has to offer on the 4th of July here.
Even if you can’t be in Montana for the 4th of July, we hope you enjoy the day celebrating America with your friends and family wherever you are. Now, start planning your trip to get to Montana for the 4th of July next year:)
Written by: Cassi Miller