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Plan a Spectacular 4th of July Weekend

Make it a long weekend in RiverSouth and experience awesome fireworks, great entertainment, free hot dogs, a salute to the troops and a whole lot of fun.

Valleyfair, the upper Midwest’s largest amusement park, is celebrating Independence Day with Red, White and Thank You Military Appreciation Days! Military Service members receive free admission July 1 – 4. Along with free admission, service members may purchase friends and family tickets (maximum of six) at a special military discount price of $32/ticket plus tax. Valid proof of service (Military ID, DD Form 214, etc.) must be presented at a Valleyfair ticket window to receive this offer. This year, Valleyfair has partnered with Tee it up for the Troops to surprise select military families with a VIP experience at the park. There will also be coin boxes in the park during the holiday weekend to collect funds to benefit the non-profit organization.


Valleyfair lights up the sky with Red, White and Boom Fantastic Fireworks this 4th of July weekend, and every Friday and Saturday night in July. Plus, follow Valleyfair on Facebook and Twitter for a chance to join Snoopy at the fireworks launch podium!


 Wiener Dog Races  - Canterbury ParkEnjoy live racing at Canterbury Park with a special 4:00 p.m. post time on July 3. The day includes live music from Tim Mahoney between races, along with face painting, pony rides and a petting zoo for families. After racing, it’s time for Canterbury Park’s Fireworks Spectacular choreographed to music. Arrive early for great racing action and prime fireworks seats! AHoliday racing on July 4 kicks off at 12:45 p.m. with free Hormel hot dogs, a hot dog eating contest and a wiener dog race.



Mystic Lake’s Rock and Rockets 4th of July celebration returns this year with another spectacular fireworks display. The free all-ages event will take place outside Mystic Lake beginning at 5:00 p.m. Monday, July 4, and will feature live music and food trucks. Guests are invited to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to the event, which concludes with fireworks beginning at 10:00 p.m. After the fireworks, the fun moves inside with an afterparty featuring live music and specialty drinks.

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