You don’t have to leave town on Independence Day to find some fun. Here are three things throughout the day to celebrate America’s birthday.

Families enjoy a train ride during Fourth of July holiday festivities at Bonanzaville in West Fargo.  Forum file photo
Families enjoy a train ride during Fourth of July holiday festivities at Bonanzaville in West Fargo. Forum file photo

  • Bonanzaville, 1351 Main Ave. W., West Fargo, sets off the festivities the old-fashioned way at 10 a.m. by firing an anvil into the air with gunpowder. The fun continues until 5 p.m. with horse-drawn wagon and barrel train rides, crafts and activities for the kids and a parade at 2 p.m., followed by regional trivia at 3 p.m. Come back for the fireworks show at 10:30 p.m. Admission ranges from $6 to $12; https://www.bonanzaville.org/.
  • If singalongs and historical skits are more your speed, head over to Messiah Lutheran Church, 2010 Elm St. N, Fargo, for the 15th annual Salute to America. The fun starts at 4:30 p.m. with a patriotic program about The War of 1812, followed by music and mini-plays. A freewill donation will be accepted for veteran support and services; http://www.messiahfargo.com/.

Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome plays the Fourth of July events at MSUM. Forum file photo
Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome plays the Fourth of July events at MSUM. Forum file photo

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  • The day ends with a brassy bang as Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome plays the fireworks display at Alex Nemzek Stadium at Minnesota State University Moorhead. The gates to this free event open at 8 p.m. with the horn-based rock band on the stage blasting out party tunes and patriotic songs. The fireworks show starts around 10:30 p.m.; http://cityofmoorhead.com.