There are so many things to do with your day off this Fourth of July that it can be hard to decide what to choose. To help pick what to do with your extra day off, we’ve compiled a list of fun things and events to do this Independence Day. There is a little something for everyone, from movies and food, to beer and fireworks.

Independence Day movie marathon – Watch your favorite America loving movies like” Independence Day, The Patriot” and “Air Force One.”

Backyard barbecue – Nothing says America like hotdogs and hamburgers. You can start an annual neighborhood barbecue, and enjoy the company of your favorite neighbors every year.

Enjoy the water – It looks like the Fourth of July is going to be a hot one. What better way to beat the heat than taking a dip or a float in the nearest body of water?

Downtown Tonight – Enjoy live music, food vendors and a beer garden at Caras Park from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Fireworks at Southgate Mall – Enjoy a free fireworks show beginning at 9 p.m. at Southgate Mall.

Annual Fourth of July celebration and pancake breakfast – There is something for everyone at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. There will be many other things to do besides just eat pancakes, including kids’ games, food booths, fire trucks, trains, tours and demonstrations.

Wine tasting - Just $5 will get a sampling of four different wines at La Grotta Bella at 5 p.m.

Live music – You can find live music at the Dark Horse, Lolo Hot Springs, Bitterroot Brewery and the Badlander.

Joy Larson is a mother of four boys, graduate of the University of Montana, animal lover and writer.

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