Fourth of July parade, Hootenanny, fireworks displays Thursday

A number of Fourth of July celebrations are happening in Great Falls tomorrow.

The Fourth of July parade starts at 11 a.m. The route runs from 1st Avenue South to 8th Street, north to Central Avenue and then heads west to Park Drive and disbands in Margaret Park, north of the Civic Center. Please do not park vehicles along the parade route. For more information about the parade, contact Lola Galloway at 727-4963 or 750-4721.

The Fourth of July Hootenanny immediately follows the parade in downtown Great Falls.

The free concert begins about 2 p.m. with Carlton Anderson, followed by Granger Smith around 3:30 p.m.

The street festival will shut down multiple blocks of downtown with the stage at the intersection of 5th Street and Central Avenue. Food, beverage and merchant vendors will be available.

Feel free to bring a folding chair. Remember no pets, smoking, coolers or outside alcohol allowed.

Hootennany map

Admission to the 4th of July Hootenanny is free for all ages thanks to star sponsor Montana Credit Union and many other community businesses. The organizers hope to continue the tradition in the summers to come. Donations for the event can be made to the Great Falls Symphony Foundation.

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The community fireworks display begins around 10:30 p.m., when it gets dark, from West Bank Park and the best viewing will be at Elks-Riverside Park on River Drive between 6th and 9th Streets.

West Bank Park will be closed all day for setup for the event.

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Handicap parking will be available in the Farmers Union Building parking lot located on River Drive. Access to that parking lot will only be at Central Avenue West and River Drive.

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The “Fireworks Forever Fund,” organized by the People’s Park and Recreation Foundation, has collected donations throughout the year for this year’s fireworks display. Donations can also be mailed to Fireworks Forever Fund, c/o People’s Park and Recreation Foundation, P.O. Box 2106, Great Falls, MT 59403.

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As a reminder, leave your fireworks at home. As in previous years, no fireworks will be allowed in Elk’s-Riverside Park.