Celebrate the 4th of July in the Black Hills

Home to patriotic icons, like Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the Black Hills of South Dakota is where you’ll find true pride and authentic Americana vacations year-round. Our red, white and blue colors really shine during the week of the 4th of July when our nation celebrates its independence.

Our small towns are proud to display their love of country, each in its own distinctive way, with some of the best Fourth of July celebrations found anywhere in America. From the patriotic programs scheduled at the Shrine of Democracy, you won’t be disappointed when you celebrate the 4th of July in the Black Hills.

Show your pride by touring the City of Presidents sculptures in downtown Rapid City (named America's most patriotic city by Rand McNally) and enjoy western American traditions and celebrations at the famed Black Hills Roundup Rodeo & Fireworks in Belle Fourche and Custer's Old Time Country 4th Celebration.


Independence Day here is really a three-day event. Almost every town has a parade and most of them have fireworks, too. Community celebrations also include music, Old West shootouts, cook-offs, picnics, ice cream socials, farmers markets, re-enactors and arts and crafts vendors.

Celebrations Start July 2

The 100th Annual Black Hills Roundup Rodeo in Belle Fourche, July 2 - July 6 The Belle Fourche Roundup is one of the oldest continuously held outdoor rodeos in America. See cowboys compete for points and prizes, as well as enjoy family activities, parades, fireworks and more. Fireworks July 2 and 3.  Black Hills Roundup Rodeo & Fireworks in Belle Fourche

Custer’s Old Time Country 4th of July Celebration, July 3rd and 4th
The Custer Chamber and July 4 committee are working hard to plan the 2020 July 4 festivities.  An exact schedule has not been set at this time.

Fireworks on the 3rd of July: Mount Rushmore (online lottery tickets), INFO

4th of July Celebrations

4th of July Fireworks Displays: Sturgis, Rapid City (view from Founders and Memorial Parks), Custer at Pageant Hill, Lead's Open Cut(LEAD'S FIREWORKS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED TO LABOR DAY WEEKEND).

Crazy Horse Memorial: Independence Day includes a giant American flag on the mountain and activities throughout the day.

Deadwood/Lead Parades: Parades on the 4th of July start on mainstreet in Deadwood at 2:00 p.m. and at 4:00 p.m. in Lead.

Lead Gold Camp Jubilee: Lead’s Gold Camp Jubilee celebration HAS BEEN POSTPONED to Sunday, September 6th at dusk.  Lead celebrates their Gold Camp Jubilee with events throughout the day and is host to one of the region’s biggest fireworks displays over the Homestake Gold Mine.

Spearfish: Independence DAY PARADE AT 12pm

Patriot's Parade at 10:00 a.m. downtown Custer. Music at 6:00 p.m. and Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Hot Springs 4th of July - CANCELLED 2020 DUE TO COVID-19
Hot Springs Independence Day activities include a parade and fireworks at dusk.