Explore the Fourth: July 2, 2020 NewsletterJul 02, 2020 08:30AM ● By Daisy Hutzell Rodman
The Fourth of July traditionally means concerts, picnics in the park, large fireworks shows, carnivals, and more. But this year will be a bit less traditional, with social change, social distancing, and fewer events, including some quick jaunts. As always, Omaha Magazine is here with the scoop on five events happening. Most are traditional, but for those who don't feel like celebrating right now, we have something for you too.
We added some info about firing off your own explosives as well. As always, check before heading out for events' social distancing guidelines. And remember that there are people (and pets) who do not enjoy this holiday. Please be considerate and responsible.
Friday, July 3: Baseball is America's sport, and fans can delight in watching a double-header on July 3 at Werner Park. The Royal Blue Dogs will face the Rail Riders, to be followed by the Filthballers against the Bombers. Following the double-header is the FNBO Independence Fireworks Spectacular, slated to begin around 9:30 p.m. Star 104.5 FM will choreograph the music to the fireworks. Tickets are on sale now and can be bought by calling 402-738-5100. Tickets to the baseball game are $10 each. Tickets to watch the Fireworks Spectacular are $5 each. More information can be found here.
Saturday, July 4: While many people choose to celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, food, and drinks, it’s important to remember that we aren’t all equally free. If you would like to do something to work toward that end, join Change of Omaha at Memorial Park to learn how. For more details, and to see who the speakers will be, click here.
Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4: This vineyard in Nehawka is continuing with their summer concert series. Music lovers can enjoy bands from 7-10 p.m. 37 Years performs July 3, and The Private Stock will perform on July 4. A limited menu is available, masks required when ordering food and beverages. No fireworks, but lots of fun. Check out all the info here.
Saturday, July 4: The quaint town of Brownville is hosting their traditional Fourth of July Freedom Day event with food, music, a patriotic speaker, and fireworks. The museums will be open starting at 1 p.m., with food available at 5 p.m. and the speech and music at 7 p.m. All the details are here.
Saturday, July 4: The town of Murray usually celebrates the holiday with its Freedom Festival and fireworks, a big festival with a parade, 5K run, car show, and more. This year's festival events are canceled, but the fireworks will still be happening, starting around 9 p.m., and can be viewed from your car. Masks are required. More info can be found here.
OK—we know some of you are closet pyros, and this weekend is your chance to prove it. With fewer formal Fourth of July events, this year is going to be a big one for celebrating at home. But please, be safe and legal. We want to see you with all your fingers and toes next week. Here's the information for purchasing and shooting off fireworks in various metro areas.
Bellevue and Papillion: fireworks can be purchased and discharged 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. through July 3, and 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. July 4.
Council Bluffs: fireworks can be purchased through July 8, but can only be discharged July 2 from 6-11 p.m., and July 3-4 from noon to 11 p.m.
Gretna: fireworks can be purchased and discharged 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through July 3, and from 10 a.m. to midnight July 4.
La Vista: fireworks can be purchased through July 4, and can be discharged from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. now through July 2, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 3-4.
Omaha: fireworks can be purchased through July 4, but only discharged from noon to 11 p.m. July 2-4.
Ralston: fireworks can be purchased through July 4, and can be discharged from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. through July 3, and from 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. July 4.