BRANSON, Mo., June 6, 2012 – From picnics and BBQ, to concerts with fireworks and other magnificent firework displays, fireworks will be soaring into the skies around Branson in celebration of America’s Birthday. Stephanie Milton, Director of Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center points out that although the majority of the firework displays will be on the 4th of July that Branson’s celebration of America’s Independence will start with a picnic, concert and an exciting fireworks display with the College of the Ozark’s “Honor America” celebration on June 26 and continue with events through July 4.”
Listed below, sorted by date, is a list of the major Branson area events celebrating America’s Independence and the 4th of July. Each also includes a contact number for the event:
Name: Honor America
Place: College of the Ozarks by Lake Honor
Phone: College of the Ozarks – 417-690-2212
Date/Time(s)/Comment(s): June 24, Picnic 4:30 p.m., Entertainment 5:00 p.m., Patriotic Program & Concert 8:00 p.m. with entertainment provided by the cast of Red, Hot and Blue and others. The program and concert will be followed by Fireworks. Please bring your own chairs and come early.
Name: 25th Annual Fireburst Fireworks Display
Place: Kimberling City
Phone: Kimberling City Table Rock Chamber of Commerce – 1-800-595-0393 or 417-739-2564
Date/Time/Comment(s): June 30 at dusk. Good Viewing Area: Right on Route 13 in downtown Kimberling City, near Kimberling City Shopping Mall, about 6 miles south of Branson West. It can also be viewed very well from Table Rock Lake near the north end of the bridge.
Name: Treasure Lake Resort
Place: Treasure Lake Resort behind the IMAX
Phone: Treasure Lake Resort 417-334-1040
Date/Time/Comment(s): June 30 at dusk. Advice is come early and bring a chair.
Name: Branson Landing 5th Annual Liberty Light Up
Place: Branson Landing Town Square by Fountains
Phone: Branson Landing – 417-239-3002
Date/Time(s) /Comment(s):July 3, Concert featuring “CHAIN REACTION A Tribute to Journey,” at 8:00 p.m. followed by an “amazing choreographed Fireworks Display Show, produced by Gateway Fireworks Displays, over lake Taneycomo.
Name: Main Street Cruises’ Lake Queen or Landing Princess
Place: Branson Landing
Phone: Tickets and info through Branson Tourism Center 800-785-1550
Date/Time(s) /Comment(s): This is a unique and exciting way to see the Branson Landing fireworks display while cruising on either the Lake Queen or Landing Princess on Lake Taneycomo. On July 3rd these cruises will depart at 9:00 PM and be positioned to provide a spectacular and unique view of the Branson Landing fireworks display. Both cruises will offer snack refreshments(available for purchase). A Cash bar will be available on these memorable cruises. Although there is still availability, it is advisable to make reservations as early as possible in advance by calling the Branson Tourism Center at 800-785-1550. (It should be noted that the 4th of July Cruises to the Rockaway Beach Fireworks display on the 4th is sold out.)
Name: Silver Dollar City’s Independence Day Celebration
Place: Silver Dollar City
Phone: Branson Tourism Center 1-800-785-1550
Date and Time: July 4, 9:30 AM to 10:00 PM. From a special ceremony at its opening to an ice cream social, fireworks display and street dance, in addition to everything else one would expect from an award winning theme park, the park will celebrate our Nation’s Birthday in spectacular Silver Dollar City style. Silver Dollar City requires a paid admission. Those purchasing their tickets through the Branson Tourism Center will get two days admission to the park for the price of one.
Name: Hollister’s 59th Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration
Place: Historic Downing Street in Hollister
Phone: Hollister Chamber of Commerce – 417-334-3050
Date/Time/Comment(s): July 4 at dusk. Good Viewing Area: Along Business Hwy 65 in Historic downtown Hollister.
Name: BBQ and Fireworks at Chateau on the Lake
Place: Chateau on the Lake – North of Table Rock Dam on State Highway 165/265
Phone: Call the Branson Tourism Center at 800-785-1550 for information on the fireworks or to make reservations at the Chateau on the Lake for the Fourth of July Weekend.
Date/Time/Comment(s): July 4 at dusk. A paid BBQ event, complete with live music will be followed by the fireworks display which is free to the public and easily viewed from Table Rock Lake via boat, the “park in loop” just south of new overrun floodgates on Table Rock Dam or the Chateau’s public areas.
Name: Showboat Branson Belle
Place: Showboat Branson Belle
Contact: Tickets and information through Branson Tourism Center 800-785-1550
Date /Time/Comment(s): July 3, 8:00 p.m. dinner cruise. There are no guarantees and you take your chances, but the 8:00 PM Dinner Cruise on the night of the Chateau on the Lake’s Fireworks display has been known to stop and provide passengers with a spectacular view of this fireworks display as part of the cruise. This cruise is generally sold out so the further in advance reservations are made the better.
Name: Shepherd of the Hills
Place: Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre
Phone: Tickets and info through Branson Tourism Center 800-785-1550
Date/Time/Comment(s): July 4th immediately after the presentation of the outdoor drama “Shepherd of the Hills.” It will be only for those who viewed the outdoor drama. Milton advises that tickets for “Shepherd of the Hills” are available through the Branson Tourism Center.
Name: Big Cedar Fireworks Display
Place: Big Cedar Lodge
Location: Off State Highway 86 in Ridgedale, MO
Phone: Big Cedar – 417-335-2777
Date/Time/Comment(s): Following a paid “picnic,” there will be entertainment starting at 7:00 PM with the fireworks display starting at dusk. There is good viewing from the area in front of Registration Building or from Table Rock Lake.
Name: Rockaway Beach 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Display
Place: Downtown Rockaway Beach
Contact: – Rockaway Beach Chamber of Commerce – 417-561-4280
Date/Time/Comment(s): July 4 at dusk. Entertainment, games and, kids activities start at 3:00 PM with the Fireworks starting at dusk.
BTC’s Milton said, “One thing’s for sure, in addition to all the other shows, attractions, shopping and other things there are to do in Branson on a daily basis, those wanting to see exciting spectacular firework displays will not be disappointed.” She advises those planning on attending these events to allow plenty of travel time, arrive as early as possible and, except for paid events, to bring their own chairs etc. It should be remembered that the period around the Fourth of July is one of the busiest of the year in Branson and that advance reservations are advisable to ensure not only availability, but the best choice of seats and accommodations.