Three years ago today fireworks were banned for Morton and Burleigh counties in south-central North Dakota.

Other counties around us such as Emmons, Grant, and others had also adopted a "no fireworks policy."  What a difference a few years can make.  This year the state is "green" and drought-free, burn bans are all but history, and it's "game on" for fireworks.

This year you don't have to worry about fireworks bans, but you should always use caution when shooting off fireworks in the country.  Have a shovel and some water along to help prevent wildfires. As always the public should check with their local jurisdictions for specific restrictions.

Keep in mind it continues to be illegal to shoot fireworks off in the city of Bismarck unless you have a special license to do so.

You are however allowed to shoot fireworks off within the city limits of Mandan and Lincoln (be sure to check for local restrictions).

Here's where you can get your Red, White, and Bang fun in and around the Bismarck Mandan area.

June, July & August: Bismarck Larks- Municipal Stadium-Bismarck.

Bismarck Larks
Bismarck Larks

 The Larks will have fireworks shows after several games this summer.  Upcoming dates include Friday, June 28th and Saturday, July 6th.  You can see all of the dates here. 


Tuesday, July 2nd & Wednesday, July 3rd-Mandan Rodeo Days at the Dale Pahlke Arena-Family night is Tuesday, July 2nd and Patriot night is Wednesday, July 3rd.  Exciting PRCA & WPRA rodeo.  Find out more here.

Tuesday, July 2nd & Wednesday, July 3rd-Mariner's Party-Bismarck-(private party)  Entertainment includes:  July 2nd at 6:30 Ryan Keplin, 8:30 Kentucky Headhunters.  July 3rd at 6:30 Trick Pony, 8:30 BlackHawk.  Fireworks after the BlackHawk show.  A great viewing spot for the general public is from Whispering Bay or Fox Island.

Wednesday, July 3rd-Dawson- The best place to view would be near Wolf's Bar & Grill or around the park area.  Activities throughout the day.  Full schedule here.


Thursday, July 4th-4th of July Parade in Mandan-Classic Car parade starts at 9:50 am followed by the parade.  Find out more info here.

Thursday, July 4th-Kayakers & Firecrackers with The Missouri River Kayak Rentals-They're having an event on the 4th.  Lots of Mandan residents shoot off big Fireworks displays near Lakewood.  They will be open from 3-11 pm July 4th.  You can rent kayaks or paddle boards and dress in your best 4th of July outfit to be entered into a drawing to win the best-dressed yakker.  Find out more here.

Thursday, July 4th-Capitol Grounds Bismarck-Free and open to the public on the Capitol grounds.  The show is expected to start around dusk (10 pm).  Bring your lawn chairs, bug spray, and blankets.

Thursday, July 4th-Mandan Rodeo Days PRCA Rodeo & Fireworks show-The fireworks show is expected to start promptly following the rodeo around 10:30 pm at the Dale Pahlke Arena at Dakota Community Bank & Trust Rodeo Grounds.

Thursday, July 4th-Driscoll North Dakota-One of the best shows around.  It will take place near the old lumber yard.  A great place to view the fireworks show is the street dance on Main Street.  A full day of events from 9 am to 9 pm including a golf scramble, mud volleyball, Bingo, food vendors, kids games, & inflatables, and a parade at 7 pm.

Saturday, July 6th-Stage Stop's 4th Annual Street Dance-9 pm Mandan.  Other events happening the week of.  Find out more details here.

 Anybody else?  If your town is having a big show or 4th of July event, let us know and we'll add it here!

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