■■Bowman Fireworks Display, Bowman – July 3 Take in the night air as you watch the Bowman Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular over Bowman- Haley Dam, beginning at dusk
■■Hettinger’s Fourth of July Celebration, Hettinger – July 4-5 A full weekend of events surrounds Scranton native Kat Perkins as she returns to the southwest North Dakota stage to perform her latest hits in a concert on Main Street, beginning at 7 p.m. July 4
■■Mandan Rodeo Days, Mandan – July 2-4 Three action-packed professional rodeo performances annually on July 2-4 plus Art In the Park, concerts, dancing, baseball and the biggest and best Fourth of July parade and fireworks celebration in the Northern Plains!
■■Medora Summer Concert Series – Gwen Sebastian, Medora – July 4 Start your Fourth of July celebration with a bang as Gwen Sebastian takes the stage of the Burning Hills Amphitheatre.
■■Red River Valley Fair, West Fargo – July 7-12 Exhibits, livestock, live bands nightly, midway shows and food and entertainment to include Lee Brice, Joe Nichols, Craig Morgan, Hairball and more. www.redrivervalleyfair. com; 701-282-2200
■■Ryan Keplin Summer Fest, Rolette – July 10-12 Metis celebration that will get your heart pumping with jigging, fiddling, square dancing, evening entertainment, dancing, workshops and children’s activities.
■■Great Western Exposition, Forth Abraham Lincoln State Park, Mandan – July 10-12 Take part in this family event showcasing the military history of Fort Abraham Lincoln and North Dakota.
■■White Cloud’s Birthday/ Tantanka Festival, Jamestown – July 10-12 Celebrate White Cloud’s birthday with city-wide activities, including a kids’ carnival, Wild West Shoot-Out, car show, parade, street dance, pancake breakfast, free cake, and more. Hands on History, Knife River Indian Villages, Stanton – July 11-18 Learn about the Native American way of making pottery, quillwork and jewelry in a hands-on way at the historic site.
■■Drayton Riverfest, Drayton – July 16 Fun summer tradition celebrating hometown spirit with family activities and Rib cook-off competition.
■■ Fargo’s Downtown Street Fair, Fargo – July 17-18 Enjoy blocks of outdoor booths lining the streets featuring handmade arts and crafts, awesome food and great entertainment in historic downtown Fargo.
■■Ukrainian Festival, Dickinson – July 17-18 This annual ethnic celebration includes concerts, dancing, Ukrainian meals, educational seminars and more.
■■North Dakota State Fair, Minot – July 17-25 The North Dakota State Fair celebrates its 50th anniversary with nine nights of exciting entertainment, including Aerosmith, plus a vast array of unique food vendors, an exciting midway and displays and side shows throughout the grounds.
■■Taylor Horse Fest, Taylor – July 25-26 Saddle up and take part in this annual event that is all about the horse culture. Activities include a parade of horses and horse-drawn equipment, craft vendors, draft horse pulls, driving competitions, demonstrations, cowboy shooting, live music and more.
■■Fargo Airshow, Fargo – July 25-26 The United States Navy Blue Angels headline exciting aerial performances in the skies over Hector International Airport. Other exhibitions include Franklin’s Flying Circus, Paul Stender, Skip Stewart, Lt. Col. John Klatt and Sky Dive Fargo.