Hot dogs, friends, flags, rodeos, fireworks! 2018 has plenty of 4th of July events for you in southwest Montana. There's even a race to run!


REACH, INC, Annual "Race For Independence" - July 4th, 2018 (8am start)

  • Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 10K, 5K and 1K races available
  • 8am. start time for 10K, 8:15am for the 5K, and 8:25am for the 1K
  • Registration: Online registration until the evening of July 3rd
  • Race begins at the Reach Inc. Work Center, 322 Gallatin Park Dr
  • All proceeds from this event will go to Reach Inc., a local non-profit that helps adults with developmental disabilities to lead more independent, fulfilling lives
  • one of Montana's largest fireworks display - based at the Fairgrounds
  • Entertainment begins at 9pm with fireworks at dark
  • Live music by the Lazy Owl String Band
  • Event is free and open to the public
  • limited food and drink are available for purchase

4th of July Farmer's Market in Big Sky - Wednesday July 4th, 2018

  • Fire Pit Park at the Town Center
  • FROM 5-8PM


  • The Big Sky Community Organization’s 4th of July 5k begins at 8:30 a.m. in the meadow.
  • Registration is $30 in advance and $35 on race day and includes a post-race breakfast.
  • For more information, visit
  • The Arts Council of Big Sky’s Music in the Mountains hosts The Tiny Band for Fireworks & Funk
  • July 4 at 7 p.m. in the Big Sky Town Center.
  • The free show will be followed by a fireworks display at around 10:15 p.m.. For more information, visit
  • 11:00am – Fire Dept. BBQ: Chamber parking lot/Dunbar Park. Burgers, Cheeseburgers, Hot Dogs. $8/person
  • 1:00pm – Yellowstone Historic Center Pie on the Porch: $4/slice
  • 3:00pm – Friend of the Library Buffalo Chip Chuck: Town Park Baseball Diamond. 3 chuck for $5! Prizes for Top 3 Winners in several classes. Coveted “I Flung the Dung” T-shirts available.
  • Bullwinkle’s Hot Dog Eating Contest: Sign up by 4pm for your start time. Parkway B between Madison River Outfitters and Bullwinkle’s. Prizes by age group – top 3 winners!
  • 6:00pm – Parade: Anyone can enter! Prizes for 1st three places. Theme – 4th of July! Line up at 5:00pm, Float judging at 5:30pm
  • 6:45pm – Free Live Music in the Park featuring Slamabama!
  • 10:15pm (approx) – Fireworks: Visible from most locations in town, especially, Town Park, Dunbar Park and the Historic District along Yellowstone Ave.

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