Fourth of July celebrations in the Black Hills

BLACK HILLS, S.D. — It’s time to get back to work.

That’s the message that some area business owners are trying to relay to the public this Fourth of July weekend.

Businesses around the Black Hills say there couldn’t be a better opportunity for people to start coming back together than for Independence Day celebrations.

“I think it’s important that we be safe, courteous and respectful, but it’s also time to get back to work I think, and get back to some sort of normalcy,” said Daniel McNamara, the owner of Harney Peak Inn.

Harney Peak Inn in Hill City is lining up a fun and free afternoon which includes the band, Small World Jazz Trio, and an international rosé wine tasting. These events run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on July 3 before another concert gets going across the street at Cream.

“We’re just going to have a fun, festive family type atmosphere, just come sit down and enjoy the fresh air like you’re supposed to,” McMamara said.

In Custer, the Patriot’s Parade will start at 10 a.m. downtown, and at 11 a.m., a flag ceremony will commence at the city’s veterans memorial.

“It’s so patriotic, you see the veterans and they’re so serious and it’s just very profound when they lower it, they fold it, to hear the meanings of the folds which I’ve never heard before; it’s just a really cool event and my favorite one to see,” said Dolsee Davenport, the Director of the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce.

At dusk, fireworks will go off for the 70th time under the direction of the Custer Volunteer Fire Department.

“They do a fantastic job, they work very hard setting up, doing the fireworks and then tearing down, so we’re very proud of them for all they do,” Davenport said.

In Spearfish another Fourth of July parade will start at the high school at noon, continue down North Avenue to Main Street. And for rodeo goers, the Black Hills Roundup Rodeo in Belle Fourche is still carrying on until about 6 p.m. on July 4.

If you would like to donate to the Custer Fireworks, call the Custer Chamber of Commerce at 605-673-2244.


Belle Fourche will start its fireworks program at 10 p.m. on July 3. The program will conclude at 10:30 p.m. There will also be a carnival in downtown Belle Fourche on July 4 from 5 p.m. to 11:55 p.m.

Hot Springs will start its fireworks program at dusk (about 9 p.m.) on July 4, and will also have a parade at 10 a.m.


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