Silver Dollar City is hosting their first ever Independence Day celebration in 2012.  Join them as they honor American with a full day of special events of July 4th, from 9:30am to 10pm.

The park will present a special patriotic opening ceremony by Missouri State University’s 20-member instrumental ensemble, Brass N Sass.  Bald eagle presentations and fun, all-American activities on the Square include a checker contest, a dunk tank and an ice cream social starting at 7pm.  Plus, all of the Silver Dollar City’s thrilling rides and attractions will be open for guest enjoyment.

A spectacular fireworks display will start at 9pm and a Street Dance on the Square will start at 9:15pm.  You can also learn some of the dances ahead of time as lessons will be offered at 8:30pm.
All of the 4th of July celebrations are included with Silver Dollar City tickets.
You can also get in on these great deals that start after 7pm (while supplies last):

  • $2 Floats at Hannah’s Ice Cream Factory 
  • $1 Ice-Cream Sandwiches & Bars on the Square
  • $2.50 Soft Frozen Taste Sensations on the Square
  • Buy one, get one free Ice-Cream Cones at Aunt Polly’s
  • $5 1/4 Burgers & Fries at Lumbercamp, Wagon Works Grill & Lady Liberty Dining Pavilion
  • 25% off Skillets at Buckshot Annie’s, Hatfield’s Tater Patch & Lumbercamp
  • $4 Funnel Cakes on the Square as well as at Flossie’s Fried Fancies, Wilson’s Farmer’s Market & Echo Hollow® Amphitheatre
Looking for a place to stay in Branson during the holiday?  The Best Western Branson Inn is conveniently located ½ mile from the park and they also offer a free shuttle to Silver Dollar City.  For more Branson hotel options, check out the selection available on Reserve Branson
Photo Credit: US Army Corps of Engineers

Looking for a way to beat the heat this summer?  Head to Moonshine Beach in Branson, Missouri.  Located on the shores of Table Rock Lake, near the north end of Table Rock Lake, Moonshine Beach is an excellent place to enjoy some fun in the sun. 

The large, sandy beach is much more spacious than many local swimming spots and is the largest sand beach in southwest Missouri.  Whether on water or land, Moonshine Beach Recreation Area offers visitors countless recreational activities. Picnicking, swimming, scuba diving, boating, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing are all popular pastimes at the park.  The full service beach has numerous amenities, including picnic tables, food vendors, a boat launching ramp, showers, flush toilets, a large pavilion and a kid’s playground. 


By far, the most popular activity is soaking up the sun and cooling off in the refreshing water of Table Rock Lake.    However, for visitors looking to spend some time exploring the shore, the adjacent Dewey Short Visitor Center offers a hiking trail leaving from the grounds.  Table Rock Lakeshore Trail, about 2 miles long, runs from the Dewey Short Visitor Center to the Table Rock State Park Marina. The trail also offers beautiful views of Table Rock Lake.

Moonshine Beach is open from 9am-9pm daily and has a $5 per carload daily usage fee.

There are plenty of things to do in Branson. With a wide range of outdoor activities, as well as indoor fun available, Branson offers a little something for everyone when they visit. Whether you are a new Branson visitor or a repeat traveler, there’s always something new to do in Branson.

Silver_Dollar_City_-2528001-25291) Silver Dollar City: Branson’s #1 attraction is home to old-fashioned fun as it is themed as a 1880s style theme park. There are demonstrating craftsmen at the park, delicious food, 40 live shows daily and thrilling rides like WildFire and Outlaw Run to keep your day in Branson filled with fun. Silver Dollar City also features six world-class festivals, so anytime you come there is something different to see and do.

2) Branson Shows: Branson is home to a variety of shows. With more theater seats than Broadway, this town knows how to put on a show. Branson is known for its country music, and at shows like Pierce Arrow, The Duttons, The Presleys, and The Baldknobbers, there are plenty of country tunes to keep audiences entertained. There are a variety of other shows in Branson that don’t feature country music, including The Haygoods, Rankin Brothers, Jonah, Six, and the Acrobats of China. Of course, perennial favorites Yakov Smirnoff, Shoji Tabuchi, Dixie Stampede and Showboat Branson Belle perform throughout the year, offering first class shows right in the heart of Branson.

White_Water_-016-3) White Water: Branson’s beach within reach is a great place to spend a day while you’re in town. Dive into summer fun on their over 12 acre park which pumps over two million gallons water daily. At White Water there are thrilling water rides like KaPau Plummet, Kalani Towers, Ohana Falls, and Raging River Rapids for the older kids, and a lazy river, splash island, and wave pool for guests wanting to lounge and soak up some sun.

4) Branson Shopping: Branson is a fantastic place to shop because it is home to three outlet malls, the waterfront Branson Landing, and plenty of craft malls to find that unique treasure to call your own. When you visit, make time to go to the various shops at Branson because there is always a deal to be found!

rsz_lake_1744230805) Table Rock Lake: Table Rock Lake is a beautiful Branson treasure offering swimming, boating, fishing and amazing scenery. People flock to this lake to enjoy the sights and activities found here. Located just minutes from the heart of Branson, a day at Table Rock Lake provides families with some time to enjoy the great outdoors while also enjoying the amenities of an entertainment town such as Branson.

6) Ride the Ducks: These unique amphibious vehicles provide an entirely different way to see Branson. When you ride on duck, you are treated to a 70 minute tour given by a guide who has some interesting insight into Branson. A total of 30 minutes of your 70 minute tour is spent on Table Rock Lake, cruising and enjoying the splendor of the area. One thing is for sure, when you go to Ride the Ducks you’re in for a quack-tastic sightseeing adventure.

Titanic-Exterior-Branson7) Titanic Museum: Spend some time at the Branson Titanic Museum while you visit and you’ll learn all there is to know about this fateful ship. Housed in a massive half-size replica of the original ship, the museum itself is a sight to behold but once you’re inside there is even more to explore. With over 400 artifacts to discover and interactive displays, like touching an iceberg, make the Titanic Museum a must-see attraction in Branson.

8) Shepherd of the Hills: The Shepherd of the Hills complex offers a lot for visitors to see and do. They are home to the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama, the longest running outdoor drama in America. Based on the story written by Harold Bell Wright, Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama features life in the Ozark Mountains in the late 1800’s. This story was one of the first things to make Branson’s Ozark Mountains famous and is still one of the more popular shows in town. The complex is also home to Inspiration Tower and they offer a Homestead Tour.

Branson_iStock_000022255269XSmall9) Sightseeing: There is a lot to see in Branson. Between the lights of the famous country music boulevard that is Hwy. 76 and the gorgeous Ozark Mountain scenery, you can spend a lot of your time just checking out the sights and enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Be sure to make time to soak it all in and enjoy the beauty that is Branson.

10) Golf in Branson: Branson is home to outstanding golf courses that offer some of the finest courses in the Midwest, if not the country. Whether you’re a novice or a pro player, there’s a course that’ll fit your needs. A few of the courses to choose from include Pointe Royale, Payne Stewart Golf Course, Buffalo Ridge, Top of the Rock Golf Course and LedgeStone Golf Course.

The Finalists Live, starring finalists from the hit television show American Idol, is presenting your favorite performers all summer long at the Andy Williams Moon River Theater in Branson.  Lee DeWyze, Blake Lewis, Elliott Yamin, Kimberly Caldwell, and Thia Megia just finished their run of performances and now a new line-up is taking the stage. 

Here’s who you can expect to see June 18 through July 21.
• Diana Degarmo, runner up in 2004 and current actress in the CBS program “The Young and the Restless”
• Scott Savol, fifth place from season 4
• Siobhan Magnus, who placed 6th in season 9
• Ace Young, from season 5 in 2006
• Alexis Grace, who performed in season 8
The, starting July 23 a new group finalists take the stage.  They include:

• Ruban Studdard, Winner in Season 2
• Bo Bice, Runner-Up to Winner Carrie Underwood in Season 4
• Vonzell Solomon, 3rd Place in Season 4
• Katie Stevens from Season 9
• RJ Helton from Season 1

Performances last through August 18.

The show will be hosted by Pete Peterkin, a 2009 Finalist from Americas Got Talent.
Purchase Finalists Live tickets today to see these stars from American Idol. 

Are you ready for Moonlight Madness at Silver Dollar City?  Starting July 21, this Branson MO theme park will stay open until 10pm, letting guests experience their favorite Silver Dollar City attractions in a whole new way.  The expanded hours at Silver Dollar City mean families can enjoy over 12 hours of non-stop thrills, shows and attractions.  Moonlight Madness lasts through August 5. 

Along with special shows, Silver Dollar City’s signature attractions and GAC Country Nights in Echo Hollow (7pm Wednesday-Monday) the park is also hosting a nightly Street Dance at 9pm.  Everybody’s favorite dance songs will be featured, including Cotton-Eyed Joe, The Electric Slide and The Chicken Dance.
Moonlight Madness gives Branson visitors the chance to get even more value from their Silver Dollar City tickets, as well as celebrate one more time before the summer season turns into a new school year. Combine your Silver Dollar City passes with Branson lodging for a money-saving Silver Dollar City package to get even more bang for your buck.
Shops and eateries open until 10pm include the Hospitality House, Ozark Marketplace, the Moonlight Madness Tent on the Square, Eva & Delilah’s, Fanny’s Funnel Cakes, Flossie’s Fried Fancies, Hannah’s Ice Cream Parlor, Wagon Works Grill and Wilson’s Farmers’ Market.
July 2:  Thurlow Spurr presents “A Festival of Praise”
Thurlow Spurr is hosting a musical tour featuring Sandi Patty, Larnelle, and Dino along with a 200 voice “all-star” choir for two shows only – one in St. Louis and one in Branson at the Tri-Lakes Center. To order tickets call 417-336-0219 or visit the Tri-Lakes Center website.
July 3:  Liberty Light Up Concert at Branson Landing
The 5th Annual Liberty Light Up Concert will feature Chain Reaction – A Tribute to Journey from Nashville. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in front of the Branson Landing fountains. A fireworks display will light up the skies over Lake Taneycomo after the concert.
July 4:  Firecracker 5000 Race at Branson Landing
The 12th annual 1 mile walk/5k/10k race at Branson Landing benefits the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. Race begins at 7:30 a.m. and costs $15. Sign up in advance online.
July 4:  Independence Day Celebration at Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City will be open until 10 p.m. to celebrate the Fourth of July. There will be a special opening ceremony and morning salute to veterans, an ice cream social, and fireworks.
July 4:  4th of July Celebration at Chateau on the Lake
Enjoy BBQ, live music, and fireworks at Chateau on the Lake. Book your room early to guarantee a reservation.
July 7:  Branson’s 100th Fest and Street Dance
The 100th anniversary of Branson continues with a street dance and festival. Visit the Branson Centennial website for complete details.
July 14:  I Scream for Ice Cream at Big Cedar Lodge
Sign up for this Cooking 101 class and learn all about how to make ice cream. Call 417-335-2777 for reservations.
July 21 – August 5:  Moonlight Madness at Silver Dollar City
Your favorite Branson theme park will be open late during Moonlight Madness with special shows and exclusive events. See the all-new country music show, GAC Country Nights in Echo Hollow and participate in Street Dances at 9 p.m. each evening. Park closes at 10 p.m.
July 28:  Peace, Love & VW Bugs
Love Volkswagens? Don’t miss the VW parade and display at Branson Landing’s Promenade. See bugs, vans, and more on display from 1-4 p.m. followed by an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Stick around after the show for a concert by The Devonshires playing ‘70s classic rock and hits from the ‘60s.