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Six Cities for Unique Fourth of July Fun!

McKall Morris
Corporate Communications Manager

The Fourth of July is here and those looking for something outside the Metropolis (or outside the normal) should think about heading to one of these six cities for the holiday. With fun traditions and a break from the bustle, here are some interesting options to celebrate the Fourth of July!

Alpena, MI

cardboard-boat-900pxAlpena is home to just over 10,000 people in northern Michigan, but that doesn’t stop them from having a great Fourth of July celebration! Some of the unique activities these Michiganders take part in each year include a sandcastle building contest, a rubber ducky race and a cardboard boat regatta. The town also boasts great waterfront fireworks.

Rock Springs, WY

http_www_visitpinedale_org_cache_made_images_events_369_mudd_volleyball_tournament_pinedale_wy__large_800_533_88auto_c1_hvtiwn_gqmyk2Rock Springs claims to have Wyoming’s largest firework display to end its festivities, but there are plenty of other events during the day that will make for an unforgettable celebration, including a 4-on-4 mud volleyball tournament. Plus “Wyoming’s Big Show” festival moves into town bringing a carnival and fair events that are the largest in Western Wyoming.

Redmond, OR

Redmond boasts a full-fledged traditional Fourth of July, from their “Baseball, Hot Dogs & Apple Pie” parade to the “Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration.” Events include pony rides, train rides, bouncy houses, archery, petting zoo, a water obstacle course and more! Redmond knows how to plan a holiday for old-timey fun for the whole family.

Elko, NV

581662_10151570661988246_1758120217_nFor something a little more off-beat this Fourth of July, check out Elko, Nevada’s annual Basque Festival. The event is held over the Fourth of July weekend and in correspondence with their Independence Day festivities. The town celebrates with Basque dancing, Basque sport exhibitions like weightlifting and wood chopping, and plenty of Basque food!

West Yellowstone, MT

p1110721In this town on the doorsteps of Yellowstone National Park, the Fourth of July is a Wild West Adventure. Throughout the weekend the town is hosting the Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo, which provides entertainment throughout the day. They also have a Buffalo Chip Chuck, where participants have the chance to fling buffalo poop…competitively.

Eau Claire, WI 

Eau Claire brings folktale heroes and old fashion fun to their Fourth of July celebration. On the Fourth of July, visitors can attend “Paul Bunyan Camp” to step back in time. There are also “Old-Fashioned Family 4th” events throughout the town which includes train rides, football and baseball games, fireworks and more. Plus Eau Claire hosts the Chippewa Valley Air Show over the holiday!

Redmond: Oregon’s Exciting Central Hub!

Downtown Redmond, Oregon on Independence Day, 2010


As one of the fastest growing cities in Oregon, Redmond is home to Central Oregon’s only commercial airport. It’s also the gateway to an array of natural wonders, and the charming and eclectic experience of a beautiful downtown area. Whether hiking the high mountain trails at Smith Rock or shopping for art and antiques downtown, there is an activity for everyone who visits this high-plains gem.

Redmond Downtown
While it is relatively small, Redmond offers big-city experiences that include high-caliber dining and unique shopping destinations. Stroll through Redmond archway and spend a lovely day exploring the newly remodeled downtown that offers charming and rustic shops that are run by locals. For local gifts or mementos to commemorate a visit, check out Cornerstone Book & Gifts. Fine fashions can be found at The Blvd or at Bottoms, Boots, Bags and Bling, while a treasure trove of antiques are waiting to be discovered at The Old Creamery Antiques. During the holiday season, downtown is awash in lights and cheer, and offers activities like the St. Charles Redmond Starlight Parade “Run Rudolph Run,” while the Holiday Village Market offers holiday crafts and food items in a European-styled setting surrounding the Redmond City Christmas Tree.

7th Street Brew House
The Pacific Northwest is known for farm-to-table cuisine and Redmond is no exception! Sample artisan pub food that’s made from scratch with local ingredients or one of the largest selections of meads and ciders in Central Oregon at Smith Rock Brewing Company. 7th Street Brew House came into existence as a result of the wildly energetic reception of Cascade Lakes Brewing Companies craft beers in the region. From the mug club membership to taco night, 7th Street describes itself as “the hometown favorite in Redmond.” The venue is cozy and welcoming in both warm cold seasons with garage doors that elevate to keep cool and fire pits to warm patrons on winter nights.

Smith Rock
Venture outside of town for an unparalleled experience at Smith Rock, one of the birth places of American sport climbing. Thousands of routes winding up the towers of volcanic ash attract climbers from all over the globe, including those heading out on more than 1,000 bolted routes. Routes are available for all levels of climbers. For those not climbing, there are also hiking and mountain biking opportunities in the park where it’s common to spot golden eagles, prairie falcons, river otter and beaver.

Newberry National Volanic monument

Newberry National Volcanic Monument is another recreational playground for thousands of visitors each year and offers two alpine lakes – home to trophy-size brown and rainbow trout, as well as kokanee and Atlantic salmon. On top of that, there are seven different campgrounds in the crater that offering group, shoreline, or horse camping, along with boat ramps. During the winter, the crater is also a great destination for snowmobiles and cross-country skiing.

Explore the Central Oregon crossroads of Redmond by easily booking a SkyWest-operated flight from San Francisco, operating as United Express. Find the best fares today at united.com.