Independence Day Celebration Moves to Main Street Square

The Independence Day Celebration is moving from Memorial Park to Main Street Square. All activities visitors enjoyed at Memorial Park, including live music, kids’ activities, tribute to fallen soldiers and a beverage garden will be located at the Square on Wednesday, July 4, from 3 to 10 p.m.

Patriotic music will be presented by Brass in Blue, a 12-piece symphonic brass ensemble from the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and will end at 9 p.m. The VFW Post 1273 Color Guard will present the colors preceding the concert, at 7 p.m., and Carrie Lange, of Rapid City, will sing the National Anthem.

“Celebrate our great country by attending this afternoon and evening event,” said Dan Senftner, president and CEO of Destination Rapid City. “There’s nothing better than kids’ games, a patriotic concert and a hot dog eating contest topped off by fireworks.”

Fireworks will be the highlight of the evening, which will be presented at dusk in Founders’ Park at the foot of Cowboy Hill, or M Hill. They can be seen from Main Street Square, the Parking Ramp or Memorial Park.

Children will delight in a variety of kids’ games including water tug o’ war, a kids’ fireman challenge and kiddie train rides from 3 to 8 p.m. Children may also run through Main Street Square’s interactive fountain for a quick cool down.

The Fallen Hero Banners will be displayed inside the Main Street Square Shops building, from 3 to 9 p.m. The memorial banners honor South Dakota military members who have given the ultimate sacrifice in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The banner program is a voluntary participation program offered to all honored families in South Dakota. Each banner includes a photo and a brief biographical summary as selected by the Heroes’ families.

An addition to the event this year is a Hot Dog Eating Contest at 6 p.m., sponsored by Mickey’s Hot Dog Stand. Registration is required to participate, and is limited to 20 people. The first place winner will receive $500, the runner-up will get $250 and the third place participant will receive $100. Registration is free, and may be done by e-mailing Include the participant’s full name, e-mail address, phone number and birth date. Participants must be 18 years old.

Food and beverages will be available in Main Street Square from 3 to 10 p.m.

For more information on this event and others, visit the website at, and click on Independence Day Celebration on the Event Calendar, call Main Street Square at 605-716-7979 or e-mail

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