It’s almost time to celebrate America’s birthday! Our community takes this holiday very seriously, hosting multiple fireworks shows and tons of fun, family-friendly events leading up to the big day.
We rounded up some of our favorite happenings in Omaha, Council Bluffs, Lincoln and the surrounding areas this year to help you plan your celebration. Attend a fireworks show, spend a day at the local pool with your family, or step back in time at a living history event—there are so many ways to celebrate!
Where: 2021 U Street
When: June 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Join Heartland Hope Mission for a block party this Independence Day! Head over to 2021 U Street on June 26th, for a family-friendly event for all ages that will include live music, free food, water slides, yard games and much more. Any proceeds and donations from the event go to support Heartland Hope Mission and their goal in serving the working poor.
When: June 26, 10-11 p.m.
We can’t wait to kick off Independence Day-week with a massive fireworks display in Eagle! Drive-in to Eagle Park and enjoy the show before heading over to the beer garden to finish off the night.
When: July 1-4
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Seward is a tiny town west of Lincoln offering fun things to do all year long. In fact, we even named it on our list of Towns in Nebraska You Should Visit This Summer! But if you can, we highly recommend stopping by during the Fourth of July weekend! Seward is also known as “Nebraska’s Official Fourth of July City,” which means they go all out for this patriotic holiday with celebrations like parades, car shows, craft shows, bike tours, 5Ks, fireworks and so much more. Click here for their entire 2021 itinerary.
All summer long, Ditmars Orchard in Council Bluffs is offering free Friday night movies under the stars! On Fourth of July weekend, they’ll be offering a film that showcases America’s favorite pastime: baseball. Rookie of the Year, the 1993 film starring Thomas Nicholas, will start playing at dusk. While you’re there, don’t forget to take advantage of their Orchard Café, Sweet Shoppe and bar for tasty libations and snacks.
Step back in time (all the way to 1812) for this historic and patriotic event! Head to Fort Atkinson in Fort Calhoun for a variety of historical activities this Fourth of July. Watch reenactors act out pieces of the War of 1812 and display what life really was like back in the day. There will also be costumed characters, ice cream and several educational activities. Click here for the full itinerary!
Where: The Field Club Historic District
When: July 3-5
You don’t want to miss this three-day celebration in the Field Club Historic District! On July 3rd, the fun kicks off with the annual Woolworth Parade at 10:30 a.m. Then on July 4th, enjoy a party at Leavenworth Park. Finally, on the last day, you can watch an incredible fireworks show supported and hosted by the Field Club of Omaha at dusk. Click here for all the information.
When we think of fun, community celebrations in Eastern Nebraska, Nebraska City always comes to mind! Not only are they home to the best Arbor Day Festival in the country, you can also enjoy their famous Applejack Festival in September and their Independence Day Celebration every July. This patriotic festival will feature both an hour-long fireworks extravaganza as well as the brand new “Treestock,” an all-day live concert featuring regional acts of folk, country, R&B and Latin music. Click here for all the information!
When: July 4, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Looking for a smaller Independence Day celebration? Head over to the Skylark-Cryer Neighborhood for their annual parade and block party! The parade—which kicks off at 118th & Cedar Street and ends at Cryer Pool—will feature everything from police cars to old cars, the Root Marm Chicken Jug Band, flags, banners and kids’ decorated bikes. The party will begin with a short program honoring vets and includes the band, food, clowns, and games until noon.
The community of Ralston definitely knows how to throw a good party, as evidenced by the annual Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration! The parade on Sunday is the largest Independence Day parade in the state, and the post-parade festivities will go back in time with fun booths, costumes, fire department water fights, dinner and a fireworks display. Click here for all the information and to register for the annual run/walk!
When: August 28
You’ll have to wait a few weeks until this incredible event, but we promise it’s worth it! The annual Independence Day concert and fireworks show at Memorial Park will continue as usual this year, but it will now be held in August instead of July. Enjoy several incredible (and free!) concerts in the park with a mind-blowing fireworks display at night to top it all off.
How are you planning on spending Independence Day in Omaha? Let us know in the comments below!