Since the early 1990s, Branson has been known for its vibrant entertainment scene. From variety shows to tributes, big-name stars to traditions, Branson shows offer a variety of performances. Which shows are for you? Discover the top 10 must-see shows in Branson MO with my list.

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The Dixie Stampede has become one of Branson’s most popular dinner shows thanks to its interactive fun, talented performers and delicious food. Experience with your family our 32 magnificent horses, Return of the Buffalo, hilarious racing pigs, the Rumble in the Treetops lumberjack relay, equestrian feats, friendly competition and a fabulous four-course feast. Owner Dolly Parton guarantees it’s “Branson’s Most Fun Place to Eat!”

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Witness the parting of the Red Sea, the Burning Bush, the Plagues, the Ten Commandments—all at Sight & Sound Theater in Branson. The all-new production of Moses journeys back in time to the golden splendor of Egypt, immersing audiences in an adventure of epic proportions. This story highlights the humanity of Moses and the children of Israel, all while revealing the mercy of God and his healing.

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Created by one of Branson’s original performing families, this upbeat live show is widely praised for its hilarious comedy acts and incredible music. The talented Presley family sings and plays instruments to songs in the style of foot-stompin’ country, soulful gospel and lively bluegrass. The attraction also features an entertaining pre-show routine and a memorabilia store for souvenirs.

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Attracting thousands each year to the Mickey Gilley Theatre, SIX features a complete experience filled with unbelievable vocal harmonies and exceptional showmanship by the talented Knudsen brothers. Guests can enjoy slick dances moves, funny stories, slapstick humor and superb songs from Elvis, Frankie Valli, Coldplay, MC Hammer, and more for a complete range of entertainment for the whole family.

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One of the world’s greatest live tribute show, Legends in Concert at the Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater offers exciting entertainment by uncanny impersonators of world-renowned performers from many eras. Hear classics from Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Taylor Swift, and more. Guests can also find priceless memorabilia in the lobby before or after the show.

Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor DramaThe Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama

Since 1959, this incredible outdoor live-action show at The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre has been a family favorite to millions of visitors. Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama is an extraordinary tale by Harold Bell Wright that offers themes of love, power, hardship and life’s true meaning, featuring more than 80 actors, 40 horses, sheep, a log cabin, a 1908 DeWitt automobile, and more.

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A family-operated revue, popular since its opening in 1959, Baldknobbers Jamboree is an upbeat live show that features contemporary country music and side-splitting comedy acts. The revue is hosted and performed six nights a week by the second and third generations of the Mabe family, as well as other talented musicians, singers and actors. It’s a show fit for the whole family!

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Featured exclusively at the Clay Cooper Theatre, this high-energy show highlights the talents of the Haygoods family—five brothers and one sister—combined with elaborate visual effects, more than 20 different instruments, energetic choreography, beautiful harmonies, and more. The Haygoods show is one of Branson’s best in family entertainment, featuring country, rock and pop hits of today.

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Featuring Grammy Award-winning Billy Dean and his drummer/comedian sidekick, Jarrett Dougherty, the one-of-a-kind Billy Dean LIVE show at the Starlite Theatre is ideal for visitors of all ages. With 11 top 10 singles and five #1 songs, and multiple Grammy Awards, Billy Dean puts on a quality show, with hits like “Only Here for a Little While,” “Somewhere In My Broken Heart,” and more.

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This unforgettable two-hour performance, a popular Branson show since 1990, is a high-energy experience featuring the many talents of the Tabuchi family. Guests of the Shoji Tabuchi Show can enjoy incredible violin numbers, beautiful vocal harmonies, world-class choreography, elaborate costumes and more. Guests get a true variety of musical genres as country, polka, gospel, Cajun, Hawaiian, rap, patriotic, and rock are all included.

Add these must-see shows in Branson MO to your vacation for an entertainment-filled getaway. For the best prices on tickets, be sure to browse the deals available through Reserve Branson.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

When you’re on vacation, every minute is dedicated to you. Whether it’s day or night, you can make the trip exclusively yours with activities that are a guaranteed good time. In years past, the Branson nightlife scene consisted mainly of shows and a few local bars and lounges. All of that’s changed, though, with the addition of new places and things to do in Branson at night. With so many attractions and activities, the fun in Branson doesn’t end once the sun goes down.

During your next vacation to the Ozark Mountains, check out these 6 unexpected things to do in Branson at night.

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1) Top of the Rock

At first, the name Top of the Rock might illicit visions of New York City. However, in Branson we have our very own Top of the Rock. The superb views, though, are of the Ozark Mountains and Table Rock Lake rather than skyscrapers and city lights. In addition, Top of the Rock is home to several restaurants, like The Osage, and bars, such as The Buffalo Bar. An absolutely ideal way to spend an evening in Branson is by dining at the authentically crafted Osage, followed by drinks on the patio which features fire-pits, a cozy setting and the perfect setting to watch the sun set.

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2) Ernie Biggs Piano Bar

When searching for things to do in Branson at night for the livelier set, Ernie Biggs Piano Bar is it. With a location at the Branson Landing, the bar gives easy access to pre-partying dinner options. If you’ve never been to a piano bar, prepare for a boisterous crowd! You can tip piano players to play your favorite songs, sing-a-long and generally have a rousing good time. The bar has two levels; I prefer the upper deck for the crowd watching but the club-style seating downstairs is nice too. Either way, when you go to Ernie Biggs Piano Bar you can guarantee the music will be flowing just a smoothly as the drinks.

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Inspiration Tower at Sunset

3) Shepherd of the Hills Homestead

The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead is perhaps the oldest attraction in Branson, Missouri. Its home to the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama, a classic play based on the novel by Harold Bell Wright. It tells the story of life in the Ozark Hills circa 1900, complete with a cast of over 80 actors, 40 horses, sheep, a log cabin, a 1908 DeWitt automobile, and more. As the show is held outside, it’s seasonal with the last performances occurring at the end of October. Don’t worry, though! There’s more reasons to go to this Homestead. Take a trip to the top of Inspiration Tower, a 230-foot tall enclosed lookout with 360 degree views of Branson. During the Christmas season in Branson, take a tour of the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights. It’s an old-fashioned drive through light display sure to add cheer to your holiday vacation in Branson.

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4) Copper Run Distillery

Way out yonder, far off the beaten path, you’ll find Copper Run Distillery. This is a place to go for true Ozark moonshine and craft cocktails. The location is quaint cabin out in the middle of the woods, where you can sit on a porch and listen to the crickets chirp or stay inside and listen to local musicians. No matter where you sit and sip, a trip to Copper Run Distillery is sure to be a memorable experience.

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Haygoods performing live in Branson

5) See a Show

Even with all of these things to do in Branson at night, there’s no doubt about it: Branson is still a show town. So, it makes sense that one of the most popular activities is seeing a show. Over the years, the Branson show scene has evolved. No longer are there just country music shows to see. Now, shows that bring the biggest audience have a modern feel and feature a variety of music. In addition, theatrical productions have taken the town by storm. For an entertaining night out, these shows are sure-fire picks:

 

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The fountain show at the Branson Landing

6) Dinner with a View

When the Branson Landing opened 10 years ago, it brought about big changes to the nightlife scene in Branson. With a lakefront location on Lake Taneycomo, and a multimillion dollar fountain show, it’s a fabulous place to enjoy dinner with a view. There are variety of restaurants, bars, and attractions at your disposal. You can start your night with dinner at one of these delicious restaurants:

 

All of these restaurants have lakefront patios, too. Grab a seat outside for an after dinner cocktail, and soak up the starry night. Likewise, all of the mentions above, except Garfield’s and Black Oak Grill, are prime spots to view the dazzling fire and light fountain show.

Your night doesn’t have to end there. Top if off with a quick, seated zipline over Lake Taneycomo. Or, take to the sky via a tethered balloon ride. Both are operated by Parakeet Pete’s, and both are tame yet definitely not lame.

There’s So Many Things to Do in Branson at Night

There’s no doubt that there’s an abundant amount of things to do in Branson at night. While it may be difficult to choose what to do in Branson at night, it’s easy to reserve your entire trip with Reserve Branson. Plan your entire trip, from the hotel to the activities, online today.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

There’s a lot of things to do in Branson MO. So many, in fact, it can be hard deciding which activities should be on your schedule. If you want to make the most of your Branson vacation, follow my itinerary. Whether you’ve got one day to explore or a leisurely week to play, this go-to guide will take the stress out of your travel plans.

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Day 1

Hopefully you’ve got more than one day to spend in Branson. However, even if you don’t, you can make the most of your day by hitting up the absolute best Branson attractions.

Spend the Day at Silver Dollar City: Sure, you’ve probably been to a theme park before. But, I guarantee you haven’t been to a theme park like this one. Silver Dollar City combines the history and allure of the Ozarks with world-class rides and shows. Set in an 1880’s atmosphere, it’s a total throwback park emphasizing crafts, home cooking and tradition.

Dine at Branson Landing: I recommend eating dinner at the Branson Landing complex. There are a variety of restaurants to pick from, with White River Fish House and Texas Land and Cattle being two personal favorites. Sit outside on the patio (weather permitting) and take in the scenery, compliments of Lake Taneycomo. After dinner, be sure to watch the fire and water fountain show.

Get Tickets to the Haygoods: The Baldknobbers and Presleys may have started the music scene in Branson, but The Haygoods are continuing it. This talented family is the new wave of Branson entertainment, focusing on modern music that appeals to the new generation of visitors on a Branson vacation.

Branson Vacation

Day 2

The second day or your Branson vacation should be spent outside, exploring the natural side of the Ozarks. It amazes me when people visit and miss the many gems that make Branson so unique.

Visit Table Rock Lake: During the summer season, you’ll find me at the lake every single weekend. Table Rock is the crown jewel of the Tri-Lakes area—and for good reason. Framed by rising hills and green valleys, it’s picturesque and the waters are pristine. Rent a boat to explore the coves and crannies of the lake, or simply go to Moonshine beach for a day of swimming. Luckily, the weather in Branson is fairly temperate in the spring and fall, too, so the lake is fair game many months out of the year.

If you happen to visit during a time too chilly for lake activity, Table Rock is still worth a visit. Sites like the Dewey Short Visitor Center provide an excellent way to learn about the area, while the Table Rock Lake Shore Trail is a natural escape. Sunsets here are seriously amazing, too, so be sure to see one during your Branson vacation.

Go Underground: Missouri is known as the cave state, and it’s easy to see why as there are almost 6,400 caves here. In the Branson area there are nearly 200 caves alone! One of the absolute best is Talking Rocks Cavern. See it for yourself with an hour-long guided tour. At 62-deggrees year-round, this cool adventure is edutainment at its finest. During the tour, you’ll learn about the caves discovery and related history, as well as learn about the mineral deposits and other geological information.

Get Adventurous: One of the best ways to experience the natural side of Branson is with a zipline tour. Branson Zipline features the most immersive course, with a total of seven ziplines and 10 skybridges set in the canopy of the Ozarks. In addition, they have the only freefall experience in Branson. The freefall dismount from their Everest Tower is the stuff thrills are made of—you’ve gotta do it!

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Day 3

On day three of your Branson vacation, enjoy some local-approved attractions.

Eat Like the Locals: They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The people at Billy Gail’s Café certainly think so. Hearty portions and made-from-scratch flavors attract a crowd created by both locals who love it and visitors eager to try it. This Branson breakfast café, with a location in a remodeled gas station, is unlike any other place you’ve ever ate. Try the Sloppy Biscuit or if you’re starving, the Hungry Man Platter is a guaranteed cure.

Go Shopping: Walk off some of those calories you’ve just ingested by shopping in Branson. The Tanger Outlet Mall is the place to go shop for discounts and deals. On the other hand, the Branson Landing is home to name brands and boutiques. On top of that, Branson craft malls and antique stores offer the kitschy, the cute and the unbelievable. Two favorites are Branson Craft Mall, Branson Mill Craft Village and Caldwell’s Antiques.

See a Matinee Show: Squeeze in a matinee for a fun afternoon. With so many shows to see in Branson, scheduling a matinee is the best way to see as many of the top shows as possible. I recommend watching SIX. It features a complete experience filled with unbelievable vocal harmonies and exceptional showmanship by the talented Knudsen brothers.

Visit Top of the Rock: Top of the Rock might be the most beautiful place in Branson. Perched above Table Rock Lake, the captivating setting is a slice of true Ozarks. Johnny Morris, owner of Bass Pro Shops and Big Cedar Lodge, went above and beyond the bounds of ordinary when designing this attraction. Arrive early so you can visit the Ozark Heritage Museum and tour the cave (which has a bar!). Then, eat at the Osage Restaurant before having after-dinner drinks on the patio surrounded by the flames of a fire-pit. It’ll be the perfect end to a day in Branson—I promise!

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Day 4

Day four of your Branson vacation is a mix of activities that are signatures of the Branson scene.

Get Quacky: Ride the Ducks are an excellent way to see the sights of Branson. The amphibious vehicles venture on both land and water for a one-of-a-kind sightseeing experience. Kids really love this attraction as they can drive the boat with aide of Captain.

Take in the Titanic: The Titanic Museum in Branson is a world-class attraction dedicated to the RMS Titanic and its passengers. Take a self-guided tour to view fully recreated cabins, parlors and the infamous $1-million grand staircase, as well as interactive displays and children’s exhibits.

Be a Star: At the Hollywood Wax Museum, you’re the star of the show. See startling real wax figures of your favorite celebrities, in iconic settings from movies and TV shows. This place is made for share-worthy photos, so get ready to be a ham! It makes the attraction all the more fun.

Have Fun While You Eat: Dixie Stampede is Branson’s most fun place to eat—Dolly Parton guarantees it! Experience 32 magnificent horses, Return of the Buffalo, hilarious racing pigs, the Rumble in the Treetops lumberjack relay, equestrian feats, friendly competition and a fabulous four-course feast.

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Day 5

If you’re lucky enough to have a fifth day in Branson use these ideas to make the most of your day.

Tee Off: Branson has a thriving golf scene, with several top-rated courses in the area. Courses like Buffalo Ridge, Ledgestone and Top of the Rock Golf Course are fun for all golfers, whether you’re a pro or a novice.

See the Show that Started it All: Baldknobbers claims to be the show that started it all in Branson, but really the right to that title goes to the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama. The show is based on the bestselling Harold Bell Wright novel of the same name. It’s a declaration of love to the hills and hollers of the Ozarks. Performances of the show take place on the original homestead that inspired the book. Overall, it’s a classic piece of Branson history worth experiencing.

Classic Family Fun: At Track Family Fun Parks, classic family fun is found. Whether you want to race go-karts, make a splash on bumper boats or play a round of mini-golf, there’s plenty of things to keep you and the kids entertained. Plus, The Track recently added the Ferris wheel from Chicago’s Navy Pier to its attraction line-up. Take a high-rising ride to get a bird-eye-view of Branson.

It’s easy to plan a Branson vacation when you have a little guidance. Follow this itinerary to the tee, or mix it up so it fits your travel needs. Either way, you’re sure to have a fun-filled time in the Ozarks.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Branson, Missouri will be celebrating our nation’s Independence Day with a variety of fireworks displays and special events. Celebrate the 4th of July in Branson, MO with events that light up the night, and make for a memorable Americana celebration.

4th of July in Branson: Fireworks Shows

 

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College of the Ozarks celebrates America with their annual Honor America event on Sunday, June 26. The event begins with a picnic at 5:30pm, with entertainment and kids activities offered through 9pm. The Fireworks Finale will occur slightly thereafter. Organizers of the event create an atmosphere that reminds one of old-fashioned patriotic celebrations, complete with a family-friendly atmosphere. An all-American buffet is served at Celebrate America. Guests of the buffet receive reserved parking and seating (blankets and chairs provided). Cost: $34.95/adults, $13.95 (children 6-12).

Fireburst 2016 Celebration – July 2

The 29th Annual Fireburst at Table Rock Lake, hosted by the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce, takes place in the center of Kimberling City overlooking the lake. Viewing spots include the Kimberling City Shopping Mall and near the north end of the bridge over Table Rock Lake. The best view, of course, is on the water. Over 1,000 boats will crowd the lake for this huge fireworks show on Table Rock Lake in Kimberling City. The fireworks show will begin at dusk.

4th of July ThinkstockPhotos-522914147Liberty Light Up Celebration – July 3

The 9th annual Liberty Light Up Celebration is scheduled for July 3 at the Branson Landing. The Liberty Light Up Concert will feature Resurrection – A Journey Tribute on Branson Landing’s stage. Following the performance, Branson Landing’s 9th Annual Liberty Light Up will fill the skies over Lake Taneycomo with an amazing choreographed Fireworks Display Show produced by Gateway Fireworks Displays. Afterwards, enjoy an encore by Resurrection. 

Chateau on the Lake Fireworks Display – July 3

Chateau on the Lake Resort celebrates Independence Day with an outdoor BBQ event, complete with live entertainment. During this 4th of July in Branson event there will be a grand Fireworks Finale at dusk.  You can view the display by boat on Table Rock, near Moonshine Beach and from the Chateau’s public areas.

Hollister 4th of July Celebration – July 4

The 63rd annual Hollister 4th of July Celebration is the oldest fireworks display in Taney County. The celebration is presented by the City of Hollister Fire Department. Fireworks are scheduled for dusk.

Two young boys sitting in wagon with American FlagsShepherd of the Hills 4th of July Show – July 4

To celebrate the 4th of July in Branson and see a show, go to The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama, Harold Bell Wright’s epic story of love, loss, power, hardship, and the true meaning of life is immortalized every night on our star-lit stage. It takes over 80 actors and actresses, 40 horses, a flock of sheep, several guns and rifles, an actual burning log cabin, and a vintage 1908 DeWitt automobile to make the live action performance what it is today. Purchase your Shepherd of the Hills tickets today to save $6.  Get your tickets for a great fireworks display Sunday July 4th! Fireworks begin right after the show!

Big Cedar Lodge – July 4

Big Cedar Lodge will light-up the night sky with a spectacular fireworks display at dusk. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. The fireworks display can also be seen by boat on the lake. A patriotic picnic will be held from 3-9pm, with activities and entertainment.  Wristbands are $30.

Reserve your Branson vacation today to enjoy all of the festive 4th of July fun that’s available in the Ozarks.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Branson, Missouri will be celebrating our nation’s Independence Day with a variety of fireworks displays and special events. Celebrate the 4th of July in Branson, MO with events that light up the night, and make for a memorable Americana celebration.

Fireworks_iStock_000002102379XSmallCelebrate America College of the Ozarks – Honor America – June 28

College of the Ozarks celebrates America with their annual Honor America event on Sunday, June 28. The event begins with a picnic at 4:30pm, with entertainment beginning at 5pm, followed by a patriotic program and concert at 8:00pm. The Fireworks Finale will occur slightly thereafter. Organizers of the event create an atmosphere that reminds one of old-fashioned patriotic celebrations, especially with the cast of Red, Hot and Blue performing classics from the 40s, 50s and 60s.

Fireburst 2015 Celebration – June 30

The annual Fireburst at Table Rock Lake, hosted by the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce, takes place in the center of Kimberling City overlooking the lake. The fun starts at 4pm, with vendors, kids’ activities, food and live music.  Viewing spots include the Kimberling City Shopping Mall and near the north end of the bridge over Table Rock Lake.

4th of July ThinkstockPhotos-522914147Liberty Light Up Celebration – July 3

The 8th annual Liberty Light Up Celebration is scheduled forJuly 3 at the Branson Landing. The Liberty Light Up Concert will feature the incredible Sandi Patty, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Dino and Cheryl Kartsonakis, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra, Cor Captis, and Cadence and is followed by a dazzling fireworks show over Lake Taneycomo.

Chateau on the Lake Fireworks Display – July 4

Chateau on the Lake Resort celebrates Independence Day with an outdoor BBQ event, complete with live entertainment. There will also be a grand Fireworks Finale at dusk.  You can view the display by boat on Table Rock, near Moonshine Beach and from the Chateau’s public areas.

Hollister 4th of July Celebration – July 4

The 62nd annual Hollister 4th of July Celebration is the oldest fireworks display in Taney Country. The celebration is presented by the City of Hollister Fire Department. Fireworks are scheduled for dusk.

Two young boys sitting in wagon with American FlagsShepherd of the Hills 4th of July Show – July 3 & 4

At The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre, Harold Bell Wright’s epic story of love, loss, power, hardship, and the true meaning of life is immortalized every night on our star-lit stage. It takes over 80 actors and actresses, 40 horses, a flock of sheep, several guns and rifles, an actual burning log cabin, and a vintage 1908 DeWitt automobile to make the live action performance what it is today. Purchase your Shepherd of the Hills tickets today to save $6.  Get your tickets for a great fireworks display Sunday July 4th! Fireworks begin right after the show!

Big Cedar Lodge Fireworks Display – July 4

Big Cedar Lodge will light-up the night sky with a spectacular fireworks display at dusk. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. The fireworks display can also be seen by boat on the lake. A patriotic picnic will be held from 3-9pm, with activities and entertainment.  Wristbands are $30.

Reserve your Branson vacation today to enjoy all of the festive 4th of July fun that’s available in the Ozarks.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Branson, Missouri will be celebrating our nation’s Independence Day with a variety of fireworks displays and special events.   Watch dazzling displays for fireworks light up the night sky and enjoy patriotic themed events the whole family will love! 

Branson 4th of July events include:
Celebrate America College of the Ozarks – Honor America – June 29
College of the Ozarks celebrates America with their 25th annual Honor America event on Sunday, June 29. The event begins with a picnic at 5:30pm, with entertainment beginning at 6pm, followed by a patriotic program and concert at 8:30pm. The Fireworks Finale will occur slightly thereafter. Organizers of the event create an atmosphere that reminds one of old-fashioned patriotic celebrations, especially with the cast of Red, Hot and Blue performing classics from the 40s, 50s and 60s.

Liberty Light Up Celebration – July 3The 7th annual Liberty Light Up Celebration is scheduled for July 3 at the Branson Landing. The event features a performance by the tribute band Journey Resurrections at 8pm, followed by a dazzling fireworks show over Lake Taneycomo.

Chateau on the Lake Fireworks Display – July 4
Chateau on the Lake Resort celebrates Independence Day with an outdoor BBQ event, complete with live entertainment. There will also be a grand Fireworks Finale at dusk.  You can view the display by boat on Table Rock, near Moonshine Beach and from the Chateau’s public areas.

Hollister 4th of July Celebration – July 4
The 61st annual Hollister 4th of July Celebration is the oldest fireworks display in Taney Country. The celebration is presented by the City of Hollister Fire Department. Fireworks are scheduled for dusk.

Big Cedar Lodge Fireworks Display – July 4
Big Cedar will light-up the night sky with a spectacular fireworks display at dusk. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. The fireworks display can also be seen by boat on the lake.

Spirit of 76 – July 4
Spirit of 76 presents Independence Day, presented by Branson Veterans Task Force. Fireworks at four area parks, including: Alexander, Cantwell, Murphy and Stockstill. Free ice cream and free flag.
Reserve your Branson vacation today to enjoy all of the festive 4th of July fun that’s available in the Ozarks.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

One of the most engaging ways to experience the culture of the Ozarks is visiting the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead.  The Branson, Missouri attraction is home to numerous activities and is imbued with the history and heritage of these rolling hills. 

To get a true overview of complex, I recommend the 60-minute Historic Homestead Tour.  During your visit you’ll board a Jeep-drawn tram and learn all about the history that framed Harold Bell Wright’s famous novel – The Shepherd of the Hills.  You’ll visit historic structures on the tour, including the original structure of Old Matt’s Cabin.  The cabin served as the Ross family home for approximately 30 years before it was established in history through Harold Bell Wright’s famous novel (and on the National Registry of Historic Places). Inside the cabin you will find numerous antiques and historical items, including clothing worn by John and Anna Ross, some of their furniture, photographs, tools, cooking utensils, and much more. 
Other historic stops include Little Pete’s Cave, the Harold Bell Wright Museum and the homestead church.  The quaint church was constructed in 1901 and resembles one that Harold Bell Wright preached in during his time in Kansas.   During your tour you’ll also get a behind the scenes look at The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama.  Be sure to stay for the show as it recreates the Wright’s famous story live under the stars in Branson.  The show, which is one of the longest running outdoor productions in the United States, takes over 80 actors and actresses, 40 horses, a flock of sheep, several guns and rifles, an actual burning log cabin, and a vintage 1908 DeWitt automobile to make the live action performance the legend that it is today.

Other things to do at the historic homestead include Inspiration Tower, Vigilante ZipRider, Trail Rides and the Round Up on theTrail Chuckwagon Dinner Show.  Take a ride to the top of the 230-foot tall Inspiration Tower to get a panoramic view of the Ozarks.  The enclosed observation deck is a perfect place to snap souvenir photos.  From the top of Inspiration Tower you can also experience the Vigilante ZipRider.  Launching from the open air deck of the Inspiration Tower, the Vigilante ZipRider whisks guests on an adrenaline pumping downhill ride over The Shepherd of the Hills’ 160 acre homestead.  Zip down ½ mile cable, reaching speeds of 50 mph while taking in the sights of the homestead. You can also take a 30-minute trail ride through history on horses used in the outdoor drama.  A guide will take you on some of the same trails the Baldknobbers rode. See the majestic Ozark hills, The Trail Nobody Knows How Old, ride down in the Holler, all in the beautiful shade of the Ozark woods.

Visit the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead in Branson to get a glimpse of the original Ozarks. 

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The Shepherd of the Hills Cast

The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama is a Branson tradition.  The show, which is returning for its 55th season, retells Harold Bell Wright’s epic story of love, loss, power, hardship, and the true meaning of life.  The epic tale takes over 110 cast and crew members to produce.

The show is unique in that it is performed outside, under the stars.  This gives a very real feel to the sets and allows for real animals to be used during the show.  In all, 40 horses, a flock of sheep, several guns and rifles, an actual burning log cabin, and a vintage 1908 DeWitt automobile to make the live action performance the legend that it is today.
The infamous burning cabin scene.

Based on Wright’s book, the tales of the people of these hills come to life each night at Shepherd of the Hills.  Wright had based his book on real people and real event’s, then embellished them for good measure.  The location of the Shepherd of the Hills is especially poignant, though, as the site of Inspiration Tower is where Wright set up his tent overlooking the mountains and wrote his novel. 

Shepherd of the Hills tickets are available for show now through mid-October.  Since the show is performed outside, the season is scheduled to end October.  As this is a family show, a money-saving family pass is available.  Individual adult tickets also feature a $6 discount.
Over 7.5 million people have seen the Shepherd of the Hills.  If you haven’t, don’t miss out on one of Branson’s finest shows.  This season is sure to a special one as the show had previously had its final curtain call in October 2013.  Thankfully, it was able to return for another season in Branson.  The Shepherd of the Hills is not just another Ozarks show – it is the story of the Ozarks. 

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Update: The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama continued for a 55th season in 2014, and is expected to return in 2015.

After 54 years of entertainment, the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama in Branson, Missouri will ends it outdoor drama with a final performance on October 19, 2013. 

Started in 1960, the Shepherd of the Hills play was one of the early attractions on which Branson began its tourism industry.  The outdoor drama is based on the book of the same name, published in 1907 and written by Harold Bell Wright.  His visit to the Branson area became the inspiration for his novel, which went on to become the first book in the United States to sell more than one million copies.
In a statement released Wednesday, owners expressed heartfelt gratitude and sadness regarding the shows closure.  “It is with great soul searching and sorrow that we have come to the conclusion that after 54 years in production, we must bring this spectacular presentation of Branson’s history to a final curtain call with the closing night of this year’s season.  We are so thankful for all of you who have shared your talents and your lives with us and all our guests through the years in helping to preserve the legend of the Shepherd of the Hills.  The statement also cited the rising costs of insurance, production, and declining crowds as reasons for the show ending. 

The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead will be preserved and maintained as a historical landmark and tours of Old Matt’s Cabin, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, will still be available during the summer months.  Inspiration Tower and the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider will be open year-round. During November and December, the Trail of Lights Drive-Thru and the Christmas on the Trail Chuckwagon Dinner Show will still operate normally.

If you’d like to see the one of the final performance of Shepherd of the Hills, tickets can still be purchased online or by calling 1-800-590-0155.

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.