4th of July Events: Tried & True or Something New

    Many of us do the same things year after year on the 4th of July and there’s nothing wrong with that. But if you want to try something new this year, here’s a few unique events around the region you may not have heard about - plus some familiar tried & true ones.
    One of my favorite off-beat events has to be the Toilet Bowl Races in Centerville. If you already have plans for the 4th this year, no worries. The race is July 3rd. And if you don’t have your own toilet bowl racer, no problem. They have some racers available to use. All you need to do is pay a small entry fee. Or you can just watch for free.
    For more fun check out the Frog Jumping Contest in Springfield or the Turtle Races in Wessington Springs (bring your own turtle). See if you can pick a winner that the kids can cheer on to victory. These towns also offer some rodeo action. Springfield’s Bull-O-Rama is on July 3. The kids can even do a little Mutton Bustin’ before the main event starts. You can watch Barrel Racing at Wessington Springs on the 4th as well as Cowboy Mounted Shooting July 3-5.
    If you love a parade, there are plenty of options. Some towns with July 4th Parades include Brookings, Menno, Sioux Falls and Wessington Springs. Lewis & Clark Rec Area near Yankton, Big Sioux Rec Area near Brandon, Newton Hills State Park near Canton and Lake Vermillion Rec Area near Canistota also have Independence Day Bicycle Parades.
    More community events worth your consideration include: A Shakespeare Performance at the historic Queen Bee Mill in Falls Park/Sioux Falls, special waterskiing performances of The Greatest Show on H20/Sioux Falls on July 3-4, Uncle Sam Jam at the Swiftel Center in Brookings, Rib-Fest in DeSmet and Community Day in the Park in Vermillion.
   The 4th of July just isn’t complete without fireworks. Almost every town has a fireworks display, but some especially worth checking out include Fireworks Over Lake Herman at Madison, Fireworks at Lake Mitchell in Mitchell and Fireworks Over the Missouri at Yankton. It’s the perfect way to end a weekend full of fun, celebrating the birth of our nation.

    For details and links to these events and more, see our Calendar of Events at southeastsouthdakota.com/what-to-do/calendar-of-events