The Best 4th of July Events for Aviation Enthusiasts

 

Air show fans have plenty to look forward to this 4th of July. Each celebration, whether held in a small town or a large city, is rooted in the unique culture and history of the area. Celebrate 243 years of independence with food, fireworks, and flying.

 

Flying Over Flagler ParkStuart, Florida

This will be an evening filled with aerobatic performances, pilot meet-and-greet, fireworks, food, face-painting, and more! The Stuart Air Show Demonstration begins at 6pm in Flagler Park with fireworks topping off the night at 9pm. This FREE event is one you won’t want to miss!

 

Best Breakfast in the Midwest – Mt. Morris, Illinois

Join Ogle County Airport (C55) for a fly-in and drive-in breakfast event! From 7-11am on July 4th, enjoy all of the fixings for a pancake breakfast. Meet some of the most dedicated aviation enthusiasts around at this beautiful county airport. The cost is $9 per meal.

 

Atlantic Iowa’s July 4th Flight BreakfastAtlantic, Iowa

The Pancake Man will be serving all-you-can-eat pancakes with sausage and drinks. The breakfast is FREE to all fly-ins! The event will be held Thursday, July 4th from 7-11am at the Atlantic Municipal Airport (KAIO).

 

 

Battle Creek Field of Flight Festival – Battle Creek, Michigan

This airshow offers not one, not two, but FOUR days of air show performances at the W.K. Kellogg Airport (KBTL). Festivities begin July 4th with a practice show at noon and conclude on Sunday evening. The USAF F-22 Raptor Demo Team will be performing all four days, and I can promise you won’t want to miss it! Parking will cost $5 per day and there will be a $10 admission fee. Children under “3 ft.” in height are free all day every day!

 

Fair Saint Louis AirshowSt Louis, Missouri

Gather under the Arch for America’s biggest birthday party! This is a FREE admission event beginning on July 4th and lasting through July 6. That means 2 and a half days of live music, air shows, family fun, and fireworks. Kick off the event July 4th at 9:30am with a parade through downtown St. Louis, but be sure to be back under the arch at 12:30 for the Boeing Air Show!

 

Townsend Festival of FlightTownsend, Montana

This annual fly-in breakfast doubles as a Young Eagles Rally for all general aviation, experimental, classic, vintage, and light sport aircraft! All proceeds support EAA programs, including scholarships. The event will be from 8-11am at Townsend Airport (8U8).

 

To view more aircraft events throughout the year, visit: https://www.globalair.com/calendar/aviation-events.aspx

 

Yamhill County’s 4th of July – McMinnville, Oregon

Enjoy one of the largest firework displays in Oregon this 4th of July from 3-10pm at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum! Parking at the Museum is available for $5 per car. Celebrate Independence Day with live music, a cornhole tournament, and a beer/cider garden!

 

The Magnificent 7 WWII Vintage Warbird ExpoTyler, Texas

The Historic Aviation Memorial Museum and the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) have partnered together to bring to the community the first annual CAF Warbird Expo to be held at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport from July 4 through 7! Kicking off at 1pm Thursday, enjoy tours of the aircraft, flights on the warbirds, and a seldom seen view of America’s aviation history. Tickets will cost $15 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.

 

Independence Day Celebration – Seattle, Washington

Join The Museum of Flight and members of Skyway Post 9430 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars as they honor the Nation’s birthday with a salute to the American Flag. All 27 versions will be represented, accompanied by a story of its symbolism! This all-ages program will begin at 11am in the T.A. Wilson Great Gallery and is FREE with Museum admission.

 

 

Tacoma Freedom Fair & Air Show – Tacoma, Washington

There is something for everyone at the Freedom Fair & Air show! A car show, six stages of live music, an air show including demonstrations by the US Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, and a kids park will all be available along a two-mile stretch of the Ruston Way waterfront. The event will begin at 10am and end at 10:30pm on the 4th. The cost of the fair is FREE!

 

Whether you spend 4th of July on the ground or in the air, take a moment to thank those who have fought or continue to fight for our freedom.