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MonDak 4th Of July Events


"Uncle Sam" (Colton Daly of Watford City) hands out popsicles during the Arnegard 4th of July parade.

The MonDak region has something to offer for everyone this 4th of July season, from parades and barbeques, to pies and fireworks.


Start 4th of July celebrations early with Bainville, Montana's Heritage America event, beginning Friday, June 28, with a family movie in the park at dusk. On Saturday, breakfast is hosted by the Bainville Dollars for Scholars at the fire hall from 7-10 a.m., followed by the annual parade at 11 a.m. Parade registration is required, and is available on the Bainville Community Association's event page on Facebook. Vendors will be set up from 11a.m. to 4 p.m., and must register and pay fees prior to setting up. The Bainville FFA alumni BBQ is at the American Legion from noon to 1:30 p.m. Family entertainment, including bounce houses, is available from 1 to 5 p.m. A pig barbeque dinner hosted by Bainville Concrete begins at 5 p.m. The evening wraps up with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. and a street dance.


Lambert truly offers something for everyone around the 4th of July. A community barbeque to benefit Tony Verschoot will take place at the Lambert Lion's Den at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, paired with a car show, music, and maybe even a cornhole game or two. Be sure to bring your favorite bars or cookies to share. Later that evening, visit the CQ Bar & Grill for the annual street dance, with DJ and karaoke, starting around 8 p.m. On the 4th, the annual parade lineup begins at 10 a.m., with the parade kicking off at 11 a.m. with a kid's bike parade. Lunch is available at the fire hall for a free will donation to benefit the Lambert Fire Department, or the Fox Lake Senior Center. Kids' activities will be available in the park, and the annual ball drop will be at 1 p.m. The beautifully crafted quilts will be on display at the 4th annual quilt show at the Lambert Community Center. Quilts should be dropped off on July 2 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Contact Joan at 480-1319 or Sheela at 480-5367 for more information.


The annual Arnegard 4th of July celebration will continue this year, despite downtown road construction. The Arnegard celebration is one of the few 4th of July events in McKenzie County, attracting people from Williston to New Town, and the surrounding areas. The parade begins for spectators at 11 a.m. CST, and for participants at the Ball Diamond at 9 a.m. for check in. "Anybody can be in the parade," said Arnegard Booster Club member Maurine Davenport. "They can be sports groups, mom and pop businesses or large companies, anyone is welcome." The parade will head south on Main Street, and take a left hand turn to head east on 4th Ave, and wrap up between 11:30 a.m. and noon. City officials confirm that those two roads will be fully paved, with sidewalks to stand on. Nelson Park will be the location of the annual free-will donation beef BBQ. This year, the Moen family donated the beef. The ladies from the Lutheran church will have pie for sale, and yard games will be set up on the lawn. Local fire departments and first responders will have trucks available to explore. Crafters and direct sellers are welcome to set up with no vendor fee, though booth space is first come, first served. Fireworks will be launched from the Ball Diamond at 11:30 p.m., with the best views around the PDQ. Davenport stresses that most of the roads will be opened up, and though some will still be unpaved, the city is doing their best to ensure they are safe for people to drive and walk on. Please be courteous of road crews who may be driving equipment.


If you needed another reason to visit Medora beside the famous Medora Musical, Medora is host to a top notch 4th of July celebration. This year, Medora hosts a parade on both July 4th and 6th, at 3:30 p.m. MST. Both parades begin on the east end of town, and finish in the same spot. All floats are welcome, and lineup starts at 2:30 p.m. Following the Medora Musical performance on July 4th, a professional fireworks show will light up the buttes surrounding Medora. Fireworks will be shot from the west side of the Little Missouri River, near the Medora Campground. Spectators can watch from the east side of the river at Chimney Park for the best viewing.


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