Celebrate Independence Day in Ridgeland with two patriotic events in Ridgeland! We go big on our 4th of July celebrations in the area!
Independence Celebration on the Rez – Saturday, June 29, 2019
Old Trace Park
All the patriotic fun begins at 9:00 a.m. with the 5th Annual Dash’N’ Splash 5K and Fun Run for ages 10 and under. This kid-friendly event is sponsored by the Brain Injury Assocation of MS. Bring your own Super Soaker and after the race enjoy the Splash Zone complete with water slides, water balloons, and watermelons! Race day registration will be $30 for the 5K Run/Walk/Roll and $20 for the Fun Run. The first 300 people to register will receive a race t-shirt. For registration and more information, visit Dash ‘N’ Splash 5K Race for Brain Injury.
Food vendors will be set-up along with a beer garden at Old Trace Park throughout the day. No outside food or beverages will be allowed. This year’s musical entertainment will take the stage from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. At 6:00 p.m. enjoy a flyby over the lake by vintage military war planes. Then at 9:00 p.m. get ready for the area’s biggest and best fireworks show. The fireworks will be launched from both sides of the lake with a patriotic music soundtrack simulcast on MISS 103 FM.
Due to the increased activity expected on the water on Saturday, June 29th, all parks and boat ramps will remain open until midnight.
FISHING NOTE: Due to the Independence Celebration activities scheduled for Saturday, June 30th the North Fishing Jetty will close at 10:00 a.m. and remain closed for the day. North Fishing Jetty will reopen Sunday morning.
Celebrate America Balloon Glow – Thursday, July 4, 2019
The 29th Annual Celebrate America Balloon Glow is the opening event of the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Race and Festival in Canton. This event recently received recognition as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society!
All the Balloon Glow festivities actually kick off on Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 2 at 7:00 p.m. with a Karaoke Contest at Burgers & Blues restaurant. The winners of the preliminary rounds will advance to the finals on July 3. The Karaoke Contest winner will open the evening’s entertainment on July 4 from the main stage.
Gates open at 6:00 p.m. for this FREE EVENT at Northpark Mall (plenty of free parking too!) On July 4, the Master of Ceremonies will guide the twenty hot air balloonists through a series of mesmerizing glow sequences beginning at 7:45 p.m. Live entertainment begins at 8:15 p.m. with the headliner singer Phil Vasser. The evening concludes with a dazzling fireworks show around 9:30 p.m. Throughout the evening, you’ll find food vendors with BBQ, corn dogs, chicken-on-a-stick, funnel cakes and other good eats. Kid’s activities include inflatable obstacle courses, jumps, face painting and more.
Steak and BBQ Competition on Canton’s Historic Square – Friday, July 5, 2019
Hosted by Southern Outdoors at 6:00 p.m., Enjoy the balloons on the Square and live music by Trademark while sampling great food from the competitors.
Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest – Saturday, July 6, 2019
The festival kicks off at 7:00 a.m. (registration at 6:00 a.m.) with a Balloon Chase Bike Ride & Competition Flight at the Canton Multipurpose Centre.
From 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. enjoy the festival itself at the Canton Multipurpose Center. At 6:30 p.m. there will be a Balloon Chase Run/Walk & Kids One Mile Run. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.
Then at 7:30 p.m. enjoy live entertainment by Dirt Road Cadillac. At 8:00 p.m. there’s the Good Samaritan’s $5,000 Golf Ball Drop fundraiser. The evening ends with Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.