Every 4th of July, we celebrate America’s independence with barbecues, parades, picnics, and more. Nothing brings out that patriotic spirit more than a festive fireworks display! Please remember that other than novelty fireworks (sparklers, party poppers, snappers, and toy caps, personal fireworks are banned in Rapid City (and a one-mile radius around the city limits), Hill City, Keystone, and Wall. That’s okay—letting somebody else do the work gives you more time to “ooh” and “ahh” over the colorful displays.
Prime spots to enjoy fireworks In the Black Hills include:
Executive Golf Course 210 Founder’s Park
You can’t help but feel patriotic in the City of Presidents! Main Street Square’s Independence Day celebration starts at 2 p.m. and features food, games, and music. The annual fireworks display in Founder’s Park kicks off at 9:30 p.m. on July 4. In the event of poor weather, the rainout date is Friday, July 5.
Arrowhead Country Club 3675 Sheridan Lake Rd
Don’t want to fight for a parking spot downtown? Head to Arrowhead Country Club for a fireworks display starting at dusk.
Pageant Hill Drive
Come for Custer’s Old Time Country Fourth Celebration (featuring a parade, live music, old-fashioned games and races, and an arts & crafts festival) and stay for the fireworks! The display from Pageant Hill begins at dusk (approximately 9:30 p.m.).
Manuel Brothers Park
Lead’s Gold Camp Jubilee is always a fun time for the family and features live entertainment, vendors, and a 4th of July parade. At dusk, the largest fireworks display in the Black Hills occurs over the Homestake Gold Mine Open Cut.
Downtown Hot Springs
A Fourth of July Celebration in Hot Springs begins with an early morning 5K/10K at Chautauqua Park, followed by a parade, community picnic, and rubber duck race. The festivities conclude with a fireworks display that kicks off at dusk.
The Barn 16220 Spring Valley Rd.
Piedmont Valley American Legion Post 311 hosts an annual Fourth of July Parade at 10 a.m. followed by concessions, games, and a hot rod and antique car show at Piedmont Park. Fireworks begin at dusk at The Barn.
Eighth and Canal Streets
If your Independence Day plans include the Badlands, there’s no need to hurry home; Interior’s Frontier Days celebration includes a parade, street dancing competition, rodeo, free barbecue and hog roast competition, and fireworks at dusk.
Lake Waggoner 22271 Lake Waggoner Rd
The Philip Volunteer Fire Department hosts a fireworks spectacular over Lake Waggoner beginning at dusk. Residents miles away are able to enjoy the colorful display.
For more Independence Day activities in the Black Hills and surrounding communities, check out our events page!