Thursday, July 4th
Enjoy Independence Day in Great Falls with a line-up of amazing events, beginning with the 4th of July Parade at 11 AM. Grab your lawn chair and find your favorite viewing spot along the parade route. The route runs from Park Drive along 1st Avenue South to 8th Street, north to Central Avenue and then heads west to Park Drive and disbands in Margaret Park (north of the Civic Center). Please do not park vehicles along the parade route. At 1 PM Enjoy a FREE outdoor concert featuring Granger Smith in Downtown Great Falls on Central Avenue between 4th Street and 5th Street. Food and drinks will be available. At 7 PM cheer for the home team at Centene Stadium! Pioneer League Champions, Great Falls Voyagers will take on the Billings Mustangs. Gates open at 6 PM, so grab your peanuts and hot dog before taking your seat for a great game of baseball. A postgame fireworks show right after the game ensures anyone who gets tickets will have a front row seat to the best show in town, thanks to Steel Etc. Double down on fireworks action, because AFTER 10 PM (when it is dark) you watch the community fireworks display.
The event is coordinated by the People’s Park and Recreation Foundation and funded through community donations. The best viewing of the community fireworks display will be at Elk’s-Riverside Park (River Drive North between 6th Street & 9th Street). West Bank Park will be closed all day in order for the pyrotechnics to set-up the display. Handicap parking will be available in the Farmers Union Building parking lot located on the north side of Central Avenue West and River Drive; those needing to access the parking lot should do so from Central Avenue West and River Drive. As a reminder, no fireworks will be allowed in Elk’s-Riverside Park.
Friday, July 5th
Take your time to enjoy the morning! Grab some coffee, breakfast, and a sack lunch at Electric City Coffee before heading out for a great day hike at Sluice Boxes State Park. Soaring cliffs and precipitous ledges mark the Belt Creek Canyon as it slices out of the Little Belt Mountains and winds toward the town of Belt. Remains of mines, a railroad, and historic cabins line Belt Creek as it makes its way through the beautiful canyon carved in limestone. This rugged area has seen its share of prospectors searching for precious metals, miners, muleskinners, smeltermen, and railroaders building bridges.
After your hike, since your in the area, head up the mountain to Memorial Falls. This beautiful drive will take you through the charming communities of Monarch and Neihart to the trailhead for Trail No. 738. The trailhead and small parking lot are on the east side of Highway 89. This is a short hike, less than 1/2 mile, and will take you past some great waterfalls. It takes about an hour, then you’ll be ready to head back to your basecamp.
Enjoy your evening in downtown Great Falls at Mighty Mo Brew Co where you can sit outside and enjoy one of their locally crafted brews. A trip to Great Falls isn’t complete without a visit to the world famous Sip ‘n Dip Lounge. Experience first hand the mermaids, Piano Pat, and Montana’s best tiki drink! Turn in for the evening to rest up for tomorrow’s adventure!
Saturday, July 6th
Start your day with a breakfast that will fuel your day at the Celtic Cowboy, Montana’s Best Irish Pub. Take a drive to the Sulphur Springs trailhead at the old Morony townsite, about a half-hour drive from Great Falls. This is a moderate hike that is a 3.6 mile loop filled with Lewis & Clark History, great river valley views, and a mineral spring. On your way back into Great Falls, take in the Great Falls at Ryan Dam. The best views of our community’s namesake falls are on Ryan Island, accessed by crossing a suspension bridge.
Continue learning about the history in our area by visiting the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. The Center has the most extensive display of the entire expedition’s journey with a variety of interactive exhibits. Complete your Lewis & Clark adventure with a walk from the Center to Giant Springs State Park along the River’s Edge Trail. Giant Springs is the largest natural spring in North America, flowing at 156 million gallons of water per day. You can also see the world’s shortest river at this State Park. From the trail, you can see the other 3 falls in Great Falls, Black Eagle, Rainbow, and Crooked. Enjoy a few craft cocktails and small plates at Enbar on their outdoor patio and then dinner with Montana’s best burger at Roadhouse Diner.
Sunday, July 7th
Before you head home, have breakfast with our friends at Perkins in downtown Great Falls and then experience North America’s largest buffalo jump at First People’s Buffalo Jump State Park. This National Historic Landmark provides genuine insight to our first people’s independent spirit.
There are always more adventures to be had in Montana’s Basecamp for Art & Adventure. Check out our other things to do, or connect with our team to get any questions you have answered. Reserve your room now to make sure you have a comfortable place to rest!