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Here’s a roundup of Fourth of July events in south-central Montana

BILLINGS – There are a lot events around the region for the celebration of Independence Day on Thursday.

One of the biggest celebrations in the region happens in Laurel, and officials are advising people to plan for heavy traffic at the West Laurel Interchange.

Construction in the area is ongoing, but will be halted Wednesday afternoon and will not resume until Monday July 8 to accommodate those celebrating Independence Day.

The Montana Department of Transportation is telling travelers to plan for extra travel time due to the increased holiday traffic and reduced speed through construction areas.

Here’s a look at what’s going on around the region:

LAUREL:

6 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Pancake breakfast at Fireman’s Park

6 a.m. – Sign in for Chief Joseph Run (8 mile start at 6:30 a.m., 2 and 4 mile start at 7 a.m.)

10 a.m. –  Kiddie Parade begins at Western Security Bank

11 a.m. – Grand Parade begins

9 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Food and Craft Fair at Thomson Park

Fireworks begin at dark

The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department said on Wednesday that due to the potential for lightning on the 4th, the music that usually accompanies the firework show will not be provided. According to a post on their Facebook page, you will be able to listen to the music through KSKY 94.1 FM.

CASTLE ROCK PARK

5 p.m. – Family fun with activities including laser tag, rock climbing and a splash park

Fireworks begin at dark

RED LODGE

12 p.m. – Parade begins

3 p.m. – Final night of Home of Champions Rodeo begins

ROUNDUP

7:30 a.m. – 5K Run-Walk-Ride

11 a.m. – Parade down Main Street begins

2 p.m. – Rodeo Roundup at the Roundup Fairgrounds

7 p.m. – Jason Larson opens for the Georgia Satellites at the City Park Stage

Fireworks will follow musical entertainment

Samantha Sullivan

Samantha Sullivan

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