Fireworks light up the sky over Ozark on July 4, 2021. (Photo by Rance Burger)

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Independence Day celebrations bring communities together for fireworks, games, picnics, music and more.

That’s true in Christian County where a variety of festivals, activities, entertainment and fireworks displays are taking place in honor of the holiday.

Here’s what you’ll find in the next several days.

  • 5 p.m. June 21-22, Fireworks on the Finley at the Sertoma Duck Race Festival, Finley River Park, 891-961 N. Riverside Road, Ozark
    • Festival activities include kids’ games, a cornhole tournament, Hot Air Balloon Glow, live music, a pie eating contest and more.
    • Fireworks begin at 10:15 p.m. Saturday.
  • 6 p.m. June 22, Clever Freedom Celebration, Clever High School, 6800 W. Veterans Blvd., Clever
    • This annual celebration includes food, entertainment, a free kids’ zone, vendors and fireworks.
  • 5 p.m. June 29 - Annual 4th of July Celebration, City Park, Billings
    • Enjoy vendors, craft booths and food options beginning at 5 p.m. 
    • Lawn chairs and blankets to sit on are recommended for watching the fireworks that begin after dark.
  • 5 p.m. June 29 - Sixth annual Independence Day Celebration, 814 Mills Road, Ozark
    • Peace in the Storm is hosting a picnic-style dinner of grilled hamburgers and hotdogs at 6 p.m. Guests should bring a side dish or dessert.
    • A praise and worship session begins at 7 p.m. followed by a fireworks display. 
  • 7 p.m. June 29 - Sky High Fireworks Celebration, Nixa High School, 514 S. Nicholas Road, Nixa
    • Inflatables, balloon twisting, face painting, food, games, music and more will entertain attendees.
    • Fireworks are at the Nixa High School Eagles Stadium.
  • 6:30 p.m June 30 - July 4th Church Family Celebration, Riverdale Baptist Church, 549 W. Riverdale Drive, Nixa
    • This annual celebration includes a cookout with sides and drinks provided. Guests are asked to bring a dessert in a disposable dish. 
    • A fireworks show follows a gospel music performance by The Missourians.
  • 3 p.m. July 4 - Chadwick Annual 4th Of July Fireworks show
    • Jack’s Ice Cream Truck and a fair-style lemonade stand open at 3 p.m. and Tin Lizzies Tonic Truck is available from 4-5 p.m. 
    • The Chadwick Fire Department begins a donations-only fundraiser dinner at 6 p.m. The meal includes pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad and baked beans or hotdogs and chips. 
    • Fireworks with the “Star Spangled Banner” begin at 9 p.m.

Susan Wade

Susan Wade’s career includes nine years at the News-Leader in Springfield where she covered various topics, including Christian County, Greene County, higher education and many others. She has a bachelor’s degree in public relations and journalism and a master’s degree in communications from Missouri State University. She is a lifelong resident of southwest Missouri. Email her at More by Susan Wade