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How to Make the Most of July 2019 in the Black Hills and Badlands

  • How to Make the Most of July 2019 in the Black Hills and Badlands
    How to Make the Most of July 2019 in the Black Hills and Badlands
Updated: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
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Summer is in full swing and it's time to take advantage of all the activities the Black Hills have to offer. From celebrating America's independence, to exploring the great outdoors, your options for fun are limitless! Join in this July with fabulous firework displays, concerts, rodeos and more.

100th Annual Black Hills Roundup
Sunday, June 30, 2019 to Sunday, July 7, 2019

Sunday, June 30th
9 a.m. - 10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Monday, July 1st
All Day - Miss Black Hills Roundup Contest
6 p.m. - Black Hills Roundup Sponsor Kickoff Party

Forth of July Events

Fireworks, rodeos, concerts and parades—if you're looking for something to do for the fourth of July, we've got you covered. Cities all over the Black Hills and Badlands will be celebrating with phenomenal fireworks shows and more! For a full list of Fourth of July events, check out the link below.

4th of July in the Black Hills
Saturday, July 4, 2020 (All day)

American pride. There’s no shortage of that commodity here in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. Almost every town has a parade, and most of them have fireworks, too. Old West shootouts, cook-offs, car shows ‘n shines, great music, picnics, ice cream socials, farmers markets, reenactors, and arts and crafts vendors. The Black Hills is hosting an American birthday party, and everyone is invited!

Rescheduled Fireworks Show in Rapid City

4th of July Fireworks at Executive Golf Course
Friday, July 5, 2019

This spectacular fireworks show is one of the best in the Black Hills.

Enjoy this colorful event from many different viewing locations; Executive Golf Course, throughout Founder's Park and Memorial Park.

The Fun Continues

The Black Hills and Badlands continue to celebrate summer with exciting events after the beginning of the month. After all of the marvelous fireworks displays, there are still car shows, festivals, and even more rodeos to attend. Looking for ways to create new, fantastic family memories? Western South Dakota is the best place to fill up your scrapbooks!

Chapel in the Hills 50th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, July 5, 2019 to Sunday, July 7, 2019

July 5 - 6:30 p.m. - An Evening of Music and Worship
    Hardanger Fiddle Artist, Sons of Norway Folk Dancers, Evening Worship

Badlands Astronomy Festival, Badlands National Park
Friday, July 5, 2019 to Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Annual Badlands Astronomy Festival brings together space science professionals, amateur astronomers, educators, youth groups, South Dakota residents and visitors for a "stellar experience". Celebrate the beauty of a dark night sky and the wonder of space exploration.

100th Anniversary of Friendship Tower Mount Roosevelt
Saturday, July 6, 2019

The Mount Roosevelt Friendship Tower was constructed in 1919 to honor a great friendship.

5th Annual 3-Wheeler Rally
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 to Sunday, July 14, 2019

This 5-day event is headquartered at the new Deadwood Event Complex in Deadwood, SD. There will be daily destination rides to sites in and throughout the Black Hills and Badlands area. Other activities for the week include vendors, socials/BBQ, entertainment, Trike Show n Shine, poker runs, awards, night trike parade, trike games of skill, charitable fundraising, and more.

112th Annual Wall Celebration
Friday, July 12, 2019 to Sunday, July 14, 2019

Welcome to Fabulous Wall, Baby! It's time for the 112th Annual Wall Celebration!

Schedule coming soon!

Boss Cowman Days
Thursday, July 11, 2019 to Sunday, July 14, 2019

Lemmon South Dakota hosts concerts, parades, a rodeo, and a fun weekend for the family.

Neutrino Day X - Science Festival
Saturday, July 13, 2019

This is the 10th Annual Event! Sponsored by Sanford Underground Research Facility, Neutrino Day is a science festival taking place at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, the Homestake Opera House, and the Research Facility.

Cruiser Car Show & Street Fair
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Saturday, July 13, 2019 | 4 to 9 p.m.

42nd Annual Festival In the Park
Friday, July 19, 2019 to Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Festival in the Park is one of the largest outdoor summer arts and music festivals in the upper Midwest. The non-profit Matthews Opera House & Arts Center of Spearfish, SD, sponsors this popular festival. It serves as THE LARGEST fundraiser for our non-profit organization each year.

Gold Discovery Days
Friday, July 19, 2019 to Sunday, July 21, 2019

1874, Lieutenant Colonel George Custer led the troops of the 7th Cavalry into the Black Hills and discovered gold near present day Custer. Colonel Custer and his men found wealth beyond gold in the beauty of the Black Hills.

Native POP: People of the Plains
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Native POP is honored to partner again with Vision Maker Media and South Dakota Public Broadcasting to present the fourth annual Native Film Showcase, July 20, 2019, in Rapid City, South Dakota. Native POP is a Native art market and cultural celebration in the Black Hills.

Days of '76 Rodeo and Parades
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 to Saturday, July 27, 2019

Truly the “Best Rodeo. No Bull”.  The Days of ’76 Rodeo is the PRCA Midsize Rodeo of the Year and has been every year since 2004! The 2019 Days of ’76 is Tuesday, July 23rd thru Saturday the 27th, 2019. PRCA Rodeo Performances are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m.

Summer is, without a doubt, the best time to soak up the spirit of the Black Hills and Badlands, so join us by kicking back, relaxing, and enjoying the beauty of the season this July. 

For a full line up of festival and events in the Black Hills and Badlands, visit our Events Calendar.






About the Author

Alyssa is a Chadron State College graduate with deep roots in the Black Hills and Badlands. As an English Major, she has a passion for writing, people, animals, stationary, and (of course) South Dakota. Her friends often describe her as loyal, funny, and someone who always keeps things interesting. 

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