Get festive for the Fourth of July with these fun events

Looking for something to do around Fargo-Moorhead this holiday weekend? Here are 5 ideas to get you out and about and celebrate Independence Day.

People sit in the grass to watch the fireworks that are a part of Moorhead's Independence Day Celebration on July 4, 2020, at Horizon Shores Park in Moorhead.
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Kicks Band Summer Concert

Thursday, June 30

The F-M Kicks Band has performed a range of jazz music around the community for more than 40 years. Photo courtesy of the F-M Kicks Band
The Kicks Band of Fargo-Moorhead has performed a range of jazz music around the community for more than 40 years.
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Kick off your weekend with some great tunes Thursday night. The FM Kicks Band will swing through some jazz standards during their free concert at Moorhead's Gooseberry Park. The 16-piece ensemble will play a variety of tunes, from classic to contemporary. Guests are invited to bring a lawn chair to watch the show or listen in from the playground. The concert runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

'Independence Day'


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The Fargo Theatre.
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It's odd that when it comes to movies about July 4, they tend to fall into two genres: musicals like "1776" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy," and horror/sci-fi flicks like "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and "Independence Day." The latter gets a big screen treatment Thursday night at the Fargo Theatre as part of its classic film series . Come for Will Smith punching aliens and stay for Bill Pullman's presidential rallying cry, "Today we celebrate our Independence Day!" Tickets are $5 for this 7:30 p.m. showing.

FM RedHawks

Friday, July 1, through Sunday, July 3


Hawkeye, the RedHawks’ mascot, waves to the crowd during a game.
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You can argue whether baseball is still America's pastime, but on a July day, it's hard to beat watching the boys of summer run the diamond. The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks return for a three-game homestand against the Lincoln Saltdogs this weekend. The RedHawks have been putting up some big numbers recently, but stick around after Friday and Saturday night's game for some real fireworks.

July Fourth Carnival

Monday, July 4

Fireworks lioght up the night sky over St. John's Church at Bonanzaville. Forum file photo
Fireworks light up the night sky over St. John's Church at Bonanzaville.
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West Fargo's Bonanzaville celebrates July 4 all day with a festive carnival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Try your hand at carnival games, enjoy inflatable attractions and pony rides, or sit for face painting, a couple of rounds of trivia or bingo or take a bite out of some of the food vendor options. There will be a fireworks show starting at dusk. Go to for more details. Admission is $5 for kids from 6 to 16, $10 for adults, and free for veterans and military members. Admission to watch fireworks is $10 per vehicle.

Moorhead fireworks show


Look to Horizon Park for Moorhead's annual fireworks display Monday night . Around 10:30 p.m., the Moorhead Business Association will light up the sky above the park for about 25 minutes. The park itself will be closed starting at 3:30 p.m and parking will be blocked off along 40th Street South and 24th Avenue South, though you can park and walk closer. VIP parking lot parties will be held at Horizon Middle School and the Moorhead High School Career Academy before the show with patriotic music on BOB 95.1 during the fireworks display. VIP parking is $10 per vehicle starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the event, go to the Moorhead Business Association’s Facebook page .

For 20 years John Lamb has covered art, entertainment and lifestyle stories in the area for The Forum.
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