4th of July in Fargo: Fireworks, Events, & Things to Do

4th of July Fargo
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Make a plan to celebrate the 4th of July in Fargo! From checking out an old-fashioned carnival to a number of fireworks shows, there are a number of fun events to do for the 4th of July in Fargo & Moorhead!

Fireworks Shows In & Around Fargo


Red River Valley Fairgrounds (July 4th)

Within One Hour of Fargo

Detroit Lakes (MN) City Beach (July 4)

Nome, ND (July 4)

Grand Forks, ND (July 4)

Things to Do 4th of July Weekend in Fargo

Celebrate at Bonanzaville

Date: Thursday, July 4th

Bonanzaville will have their annual 4th of July Carnival & Fireworks starting at 10:00 a.m. on July 4th. Come for old-fashioned carnival fun pony rides, bingo, food vendors, and more. See their website for more information on tickets and pricing.

Party at Drekker Brewing

Date: Thursday, July 4th

Join the fun at Drekker Brewing’s ‘Merica: We the (Party) People on July 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. They’re throwing a party with bouncy houses, games, lots of treats, and star spangled fun for all ages. See their events page for more information.

Games to Go Independence Day Party

Date: Thursday, July 4th

Head to Minnesota State Community & Technical College on July 4th for some bouncy house fun! Cost is $10 per jumper and hours are 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. See details here.

Attend the Red River Valley Fair

Dates: Thursday, July 4th – Sunday, July 7th

This year, the fair is spanning 3 long weekends in June & July, including over the 4th of July! Visit their website for full details and a schedule for the weekend. Please note gates do not open until 5:00 p.m. on July 4th (all other days they open 11:00 a.m.). Fireworks will start at dusk.

Hairball at the Red River Valley Fair

Date: Thursday, July 4th

Get ready to rock your red, white and blues at the Hairball concert! This high energy rock cover band brings all the noise and fun. With free show and gate admissions, this ones a no brainier! Check out Facebook for more details.

Catch a $3 Movie

Date: Thursday, July 4 & Sunday, July 7th

West Acres Cinema & Century Cinema are showing $3 kid’s movies on July 4th (Trolls: Band Together) and July 7th (The Spongebob Squarepants Movie). Details here.

Detroit Lakes 4th of July Fireworks

Date: Thursday, July 4th

Head over to DL and enjoy a day at the beach, then stay for the spectacular fireworks display set off on three barges on the mile-long city beach! This event is free and starts approximately at 10:15 p.m. Make a day trip of it – there are so many things to do in Detroit Lakes!

Nome’s City-Wide 4th of July

Date: Thursday, July 4th

Head one hour west to Nome, ND and enjoy a day of fun, finished with fireworks at dusk! Activities include a parade, kid’s activities at The City Park, cornhole tournament, horse and wagon shuttle, boutique shopping, art projects for kids and teens, and more! Visit their Facebook event for a full schedule and to find out more.

Grand Forks 4th of July Festival & Fireworks

Date: Thursday, July 4th

Head one hour north to Grand Forks and enjoy their annual 4th of July celebration at Sertoma Park! activities include crafts, kids games, free watermelon, musical entertainment, and more. Fireworks will be at South Middle School. See their Facebook event page for more information.

Shop The Market at West Acres

Date: Saturday, July 6th

Shop a wide variety of produce and products from regional vendors at The Market at West Acres. This event is a partnership between The Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society and West Acres. Visit the West Acres website for more information.

For a full list of weekend events, visit our Monthly Events Guide HERE!

Other 4th of July Fun Ideas

Go Swimming

Beat the heat and visit a local splash pad or pool. See our guide for splash pads and pools in Fargo. Feel like being on a beach instead? No problem! Check out our guide to beaches near Fargo.

Go Camping or Hiking

Pack up the family for a 4th of July camping trip. Enjoy camping spots near Fargo. New to camping? No problem. Here are 5 camping tips for beginners! Feel like going on an adventure? Check out some family hiking spots near Fargo.

Take a Day Trip

We’ve got a list of lots of fun local day trips to take with the kids. Find them all HERE!

Local Museums and Landmarks

Celebrate not only our nation’s history but local history and culture. There are plenty of historic landmarks and museums to visit in the Fargo-Moorhead area (just check hours to make sure they are open).

Enjoy Ice Cream

From traditional ice cream to Thai ice cream, Fargo has a range of places you can enjoy frozen treats and ice cream. 

Enjoy Something Free

Looking to save money over the 4th of July in Fargo? Check out our list of free things to do in Fargo.

Find a spot to go Berry-Picking

Berry-picking season begins ramping up in July, and we’ve got a guide to help you find a local farm to head to for the day! Make sure to call ahead to make sure availability for picking and hours.

Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!

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Katina Behm
Katina grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and played field hockey at the University of Connecticut, and has never been in as good of shape since. She met her husband, Justin, at a bar in Pittsburgh and, despite many romantic Skype dates, found a long-distance relationship to be a drag and moved to Fargo in 2010. She's a bonus mom to Justin's son, Owen (2005), and they have twins Augie and Delphi (2016) and two Great Danes, Rainy and Moose. She's a Speech-Language Pathologist & Certified Brain Injury Specialist who enjoys helping her patients improve their quality of life. She is also a Certified Sculpt Instructor at Mojo Fit Studios. Katina loves showing the world to her kids (but also seeing the world through their eyes), trying new foods, listening to live music and publicly mocking her little brother on Instagram. On most weekends, you can find her at one of her kids' many activities by day, and by night on the couch in sweats, eating a homemade charcuterie board and drinking cheap wine she bought at Costco. She still has Skype dates, but now they're with friends and family who live all over the place.


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