26 events in Nebraska for your July Fourth weekend

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Many people are already starting their holiday weekend, but if you don’t have plans yet, take a peek below.

Friday is also First Friday, so take a look around your city for some local artists showcasing their work.

Stay safe and enjoy celebrating America’s independence.



Late Night at the Zoo – Thursday, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

It’s a different crowd when the sun goes down. Come experience our version of nightlife at the most interesting cocktail hour in town. Adults 21 and over can join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for a relaxed evening of drinks, local food truck cuisine and wildlife at the Late Nights at the Zoo summer event series.  Tickets available online and at the door.

Henry Doorly Zoo, 3701 S. 10th St.

Tempo of Twilight Outdoor Concert – Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This outdoor concert series brings a spectacular lineup of local entertainment to Lauritzen Gardens for a harmonious blend of music and nature. Guests are allowed to bring chairs, blankets and picnics.  Doors open at 4 p.m., and food service begins at 5 p.m.  Tickets available online.

Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

Riverfront Opening Concert – Friday, 8 p.m.

Actor and singer Kristin Chenoweth will headline the first Gene Leahy Mall Performance Pavilion concert alongside the Omaha Symphony. An innovative multimedia show will follow, using projectors, LED lights and speakers strategically placed around the park.

Gene Leahy Mall, 900 Farnam St.

Saturdays at Stinson Park – Saturday, 7 p.m.

Join your friends every Saturday night in Stinson Park at Aksarben Village for the Saturdays @ Stinson Concert Series sponsored by Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. The most talented bands in Omaha will entertain you, and it’s free. There will be food and drink vendors, face painting, balloon artists, and the kids can play on the playground equipment. For the concerts, you may bring chairs, blankets and coolers.

Stinson Park, 2285 S 67th St.

Secret Omaha Walking Tour – Sunday, 4 p.m.

From the shopping mecca of 16th Street to skyscrapers and the lynching of William Brown, there are more stories around downtown Omaha than you would believe. Downtown Omaha is a place of history with interesting architecture, monuments and proof that Nebraska isn’t flat.

16th & Douglas Streets



Living History at Fort Atkinson – Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Experience living history weekend at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park. Visitors will be able to glimpse the activities that would have taken place at this 1820s-era outpost.  You will also enjoy free ice cream and a concert in the park featuring patriotic music to match the era.

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, 201 S 7th St., Fort Calhoun



Stransky Park Concert Series – Thursday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

KZUM’s Stransky Park Concert Series is a free weekly event that features popular local (and occasionally regional) artists in a relaxed family setting. The series highlights a variety of musical styles and is never too loud. The beautiful park offers a playground and plentiful shade, and facilities are provided nearby. Bottled water is available for purchase, and you can come pick up your KZUM swag. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged, and calm, leashed dogs are welcome.

Stransky Park, 17th Street and Harrison Avenue

Uncle Sam Jam – Sunday, 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Area residents are invited to the city’s free Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day Celebration at Oak Lake Park on Sunday.  Food vendors open at 4 p.m., live music starts at 6:15 and the fireworks display will begin at 10.  The fireworks are sponsored by Pepsi-Cola and U-Stop and presented by J & M Displays of Yarmouth, Iowa.

Oak Lake Park, First and Charleston Streets

Griddle Grind – Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

The free pancake run will start at Fleet Feet Lincoln at 7 a.m. All paces and distances are welcome.  Dr. Kelly from Advanced Medical Imaging will be available to answer any questions you may have about their facility and services.  Amanda from Rawson Recovery will also be available for assistance in massage and stretching after the run.

Fleet Feet Lincoln, 7701 Pioneers Blvd.

Taproom Trek – Saturday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Enjoy a chill, friendly bike ride. Meet at 4 p.m. Participants will leave 30-45 minutes after that to ride down to the Haymarket.  Anybody participating will receive a free pint at both locations.

White Elm Brewing Company, 720 Van Dorn St.



Live on the Plaza & Street Market – Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Come stroll through historic downtown Plattsmouth, Main Street USA. This quaint river town is nestled in the corner of Cass County where the Platte River meets the Missouri. Located just a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of the Omaha metro area, it’s the perfect setting for live music and an evening at the Street Market.

Fourth and Main Street



Freedom Fest – Saturday, 5:30 p.m.

If you’re looking for a roaring good time, head to the Eagle Raceway and watch the races.  Snacks and drinks are available, along with a raffle to raise money for Step Up for Down’s Syndrome.  After the races, the Firework Extravaganza will light up the sky.  Tickets are available at the gate. Kids 5 and under are free.

Eagle Raceway, 617 S. 238th St.



Fort Cody Music Series – Thursday, 6 p.m.

ELL and The Platinum Pearls live in concert at the Fort Cody Trading Post.  Concert starts at 6 p.m. with the local openers, and the headline act takes the stage at 7.  Food and drinks available onsite for purchase.  Bring a lawn chair and a friend.  $5 for adults. Kids 12 and under get in free. 

Fort Cody Trading Post, 221 Halligan Drive, North Platte

Create with Clay – Thursday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Create one to two clay bowls or plates. Participants will learn to slab and roll out clay with textures, molding clay with forms to create bowls or plates. This is not a wheel throwing class. Prairie Art Center will fire pieces for you, then you may return during any open studio ceramic times to glaze. Class cost is $40. Sign up at www.prairieartscenter.org.

Prairie Art Center, 416 N. Jeffers St., North Platte

Maline’s Super Foods and Hamburger Feed – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The local supermarket in Sutherland is having its annual customer appreciation get-together. It’s inviting everyone to celebrate another year in business with Maline’s delicious hamburgers.  $5 for 4 hamburgers.

Maline’s Super Foods, 100 W. County Road, Sutherland

Sutherland Rodeo – Sunday and Monday, 7 p.m.

The 85th annual rodeo in Sutherland is back for another year.  Events will be hosted all weekend, like a golf tournament, a boot race and calf scramble, among other things.  Join the community in celebrating another year of the rodeo.

910 South Street, Sutherland



BoomFest – Friday, 5 p.m. and Saturday, 1 p.m.

BoomFest is back in Norfolk this weekend, with plenty of activities for the whole family.  The city is celebrating Independence Day with a car show, a grilling competition, concerts, kayak rentals, an inflatable midway and so much more.  The whole festival ends with a fireworks show put to music.

Skyview Park, 1900 W. Maple Ave.



WaverlyFest – Saturday, 8 p.m.

Events at this Fourth of July celebration include a pancake feed, parade, ice cream social, kid games, money dive, sand volleyball and swimming.  The celebration concludes with a fireworks display at Lawson Park.  There will also be the annual street dance and beer garden.

Waverly Plaza, 13800 Guildford Ave.



Hear Grand Island – Friday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Nebraska’s top original bands perform free outdoor shows at Railside Plaza downtown. Each concert will feature three musical acts plus a DJ, representing genres ranging from funk to indie rock to country. There will be a beverage garden. Family friendly.

Railside Plaza, 224 W. 3rd St.



Independence Day Bash – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Come celebrate Independence Day at Rooted Plant Company. There will be giveaways and free food.

Rooted Plant Company, 203 E. 25th St.

Summer Concerts in Harmon Park – Sunday, 7 p.m.

Kearney Area Arts Council (KAAC) is back with Summer Concerts in Harmon Park. Food vendors are available before and during each performance. Tropical Sno will be at each concert, along with the Boy Scouts, who will have popcorn and water for sale. The YMCA Creative Arts activities begin at 6:15 p.m. for children of all ages. All performances start at 7 p.m.

Harmon Park, 3100 5th Ave.



Bands on the Bricks – Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Greendales and Cottonwood Boys will be playing at the 200 block of Box Butte Avenue. Come down and have food and drinks provided by the Gathering Spot. Bring a chair to sit and enjoy the show.

Laing Park, Box Butte Avenue

43rd Army Band in Concert – Sunday, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Nebraska National Guard is bringing music to Alliance. Thirty-seven members are touring the state to celebrate July Fourth.  The concerts will include about 90 minutes of music featuring patriotic selections, marches and popular music performed by the 37-member band. The concerts are free and open to the public. All are invited to enjoy an evening of music.

Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, 908 Yellowstone Ave.



Buffalo Cookout – Saturday, 6 p.m.

Niobrara State Park will host a buffalo cookout with a Humanities Nebraska Program, “History of Trick Roping and Wild West Shows,” following the meal.  Reservations must be made by noon Saturday. The prices are $15 for age 13 and older and $12 for 12 and younger.  A vehicle park entry permit is required.

Buffalo Cookout Pavilion, 89261 522 Ave., Niobrara

A Bad Man in a Better Place, Jesse James in Nebraska – Saturday, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Speaker Jeff Barnes presents “Bad Man in a Better Place: Jesse James in Nebraska” at the Weigand Picnic Shelter.  Though Jesse James is not often thought of in connection to Nebraska, Barnes shares what’s known of the truth, the fiction and the legend of Jesse James.

Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area, 54731 897 Road, Crofton



Southwest Nebraska Freedom Festival – Friday, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Celebrate all things freedom, honor those who serve the community and enjoy great music and a professional fireworks show.  This family-friendly event will include food trucks, a zip line, inflatables, a petting zoo and live music provided by VOTA.

Red Willow County Fairgrounds, West Fifth and O Streets

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