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Enjoying Branson Missouri Outdoors

Enjoying the outdoors is something that almost everyone considers while on vacation. Going to Branson Missouri is never a mistake because the outdoors in Branson is one of Missouri’s most-prized asset. In Branson, you will never run out of things to do. There are a number of parks to fascinate you and of course, the lakes, beaches, and forests in Branson will give you a relaxing vacation.

Bring out the inner nature lover in you and enjoy Branson Missouri outdoors. Visit the state parks in Branson to commune with the best that nature has to offer. One of the most popular state parks that Branson has for you is the Table Rock State Park. This state park boasts of Table Rock Lake, one of Missouri’s most historic lakes. Table Rock State Park has many recreational activities for you to enjoy. For water enthusiasts, there is a lakeside marina where you can rent kayaks, fishing boats, and many more. Fishing around the Table Rock Lake is a popular pastime of the visitors of Branson as this lake is rich in aquatic species such as bass, trout, and catfish. For those who want to take a swim in Table Rock State Park, there are perfect swimming sites along the shoreline that are near picnic sites. You can also go hiking and biking around the Table Rock Lake trails.

Dogwood Canyon NatureAs a nature lover, do not miss out on visiting Dogwood Canyon Nature Park where a lot of activities await you. For those interested in fly fishing and those who are experts at it, Dogwood Canyon offers you the Orvis Fly Fishing School. This program’s goal is for you to develop proper casting skills. After a class with the professionals in fly fishing, you can be just like them, too. Do not forget to avail of an Adventure Pass in Dogwood Canyon so you can enjoy self-guided walking and biking, and Catch-and-Release or Catch-and-Keep trout fishing in the area. A Wildlife Tram Tour is also included in the pass for you to be able to appreciate what nature has to offer. For your private moments, you can reflect in the Wilderness Chapel. This chapel is also open to weddings, meetings, and other special services.

If you are the adventurer who loves to take on any challenge, visit one of the steepest and rockiest of the state parks in Branson - the Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area. Dive into the wilderness of the Ozarks and take one (or all) of the five hiking trails, each with a different level of difficulty and a perfect opportunity for you to see the wildlife that Branson Missouri outdoors have to offer. For more adventure, a horseback riding terrain is also available in Busiek State Forest for those who love and those who are willing to learn the equestrian sport. The overall experience in the outdoors will be yours since the Busiek State Forest also has hunting, fishing, and camping grounds with permits issued by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Maximize your outdoor adventure in Branson Missouri by staying in Thousand Hills Golf Resort. You are sure to be staying close to Branson’s famous attractions and state parks. After a day of adventure with nature, come home to Thousand Hills Golf Resort for the best pampering you can reward yourself.

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Shopping Opportunities For Your Branson Summer Vacation

A summer vacation in Branson would be perfect with the water activities in the lake, or a good game of golf in Thousand Hills Golf Resort. Or maybe the musical shows in Branson would make your vacation perfect. Whatever the reasons may be, you surely should not miss out on the shopping part of your Branson summer vacation. Know where to find the good items and the best bargains to make your shopping in Branson a truly memorable one.

Branson Meadows SignThe Shoppes at Branson Meadows is located minutes away from Highway 76 and is a haven for anyone’s interest - from sports aficionados to cooking enthusiasts to quilters. This place houses shops like that caters to all your needs. For those looking for the best buy at the best price, there is Vanity Fair in Branson Meadow to give you huge discount on clothing items. For the guys, unleash the inner handyman in you and visit the Tool Town USA to buy great power tools at an affordable price. For your teenage sons and daughters, there is Touch of Class to give them a memorable event with the fabulous prom gowns and dresses, and the stunning tuxedos. After all the shopping at Branson Meadow, grab a bite of the best cheesecake your teeth will ever sink in at the Garden Cafe Coffee Tearoom. Not only do they serve the best cheesecakes, they also have the best steaks, pecan crusted trout and salads for you.

Your Branson summer vacation is made more exciting by Branson Landing. Branson Landing gives you Belk Department Store, Bass Pro Shop, Chico’s, Ann Taylor Loft, and many more. Not only do this place gives you your best shopping experience - it also lets you have the best dining experience for your summer vacation in Branson. Enjoy shopping and dining, with a live concert to add the icing on the cake.

The Tanger Outlet Center houses the best shops like GAP, Ralph Lauren, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Van Heusen, and many more. Not only do you get to grab some goodies for yourself as the kids have their own fair share, too. Shops like The Children’s Place, Osh Kosh, Gymboree, and the Disney Store Outlet will also let them have fun while you do some serious shopping.

The IMAX Entertainment Complex is one for the movie junkies. This place proves to be a haven for movie lovers since it sells movie posters, limited edition prints, official soundtracks, and many others that you can’t find anywhere else. Take the IMAX experience to your home as IMAX films on video are also available here.

Lastly, head over to the Branson Craft Mall and buy some souvenirs to remind you of your awesome Branson summer vacation. You will find in here all handcrafted goodies - from candles, baskets, pottery, and even musical instruments. Hundreds of these fresh-from-the-hands goodness are made daily. These would make a great souvenir for you and for your family and friends.

Head over to Thousand Hills Golf Resort for your summer vacation in Branson. Not only does it offer you the most practical and functional hotel-like amenities, Thousand Hills also lets you experience all the thrills that Branson can bring, so do not forget to grab the shopping opportunities that knocks on your windows.

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Why Settle For A Branson Motel? Try A Condo Instead!

Everyone deserves to have the best – especially you. Whether you are looking forward to a grand vacation in Branson or just days off to unwind and have some peace of mind, Branson offers you a wide variety of choices for your place to stay.

Branson CondosBranson motels are cheap, alright. But why settle for a shoebox-style motel rooms when you can have the best amenities in a condo? There are some things that a condo can offer that these Branson motels cannot. You can feel the comfort of living in your own home with a condo in Branson. The best condo units for rent are in Thousand Hills Golf Resort, where the condos are the epitome of luxury. Not only is it comfortable and cozy in a condo unit that feels like your own, you can also be assured of utmost privacy so you can have that much-coveted rest and relaxation. The condo units in Thousand Hills already have fully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms. Get a good rest in the king size beds and Jacuzzi tubs. If ever you need a relaxing view to clear your mind of worries, head on the condo’s porch and get a breathtaking view of the famous golf course in Thousand Hills. Be inspired as you take a sip of your drink while watching over the green pastures of Branson’s premier golf course. Condos also have a spacious living room, a cable television, and a DVD player to keep you entertained even if you are not outdoors. Plus, free wireless internet is also available in the condos so that your friends will not miss any moment that you share online.

Thousand Hills Golf Resort also offers lakefront condo units, which is called The Majestic. These lakefront condos give you a pristine view of nature because it is very close to Table Rock Lake. If you have a sudden urge to go fishing or learn any water sports in Table Rock Lake, then you are not too far from all of that happening.

The condo units in Thousand Hills can accommodate large groups of people, but there are also no worries if you are coming alone, or just with your special someone. Condo units in Thousand Hills can cater as much as 16 people. The condo units are also conveniently located near the entertainment and dining center in Branson. However, if you feel like staying in, the condo will definitely remind you that you are home.

This is how the Branson motels differ from the Branson condominiums. There is already some entertainment happening inside Thousand Hills that you would not find in any motels in the country. If you are visiting Branson, make the best choice because you deserve the best!

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Thousand Hills Condos – The Upgrade You Deserve From Typical Branson Hotels

When going on a vacation, renting a hotel is usually your first option – probably your only option. Now you don’t have to run to the hotels when on a Branson vacation as you are offered a lot of options. You choose your own lodging and leave it up to Branson to give you a good time.

Branson CondosAside from hotels, you also have the option to stay in a condo, a cabin, or a bed and breakfast. The Thousand Hills Golf Resort in Branson offers you more than what hotels can offer by giving you the option to stay in a luxurious and posh condominium or a cozy and rustic cabin. Whether you are on vacation alone or with a group of people, Thousand Hills’ condos and cabins can accommodate small to large groups. Now you do not have to worry about booking separate hotel rooms in Branson because you can stay together as one group in the cabin or condos. There are 5-bedroom townhouse condos which can accommodate as much as 12 people. For even bigger groups, the cabins in Thousand Hills can house at most 16 people. This is the convenience that the hotels in Branson cannot offer you. Cabins and condos already have fully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms, and fully equipped kitchens. Wireless internet is also free so you can update your online social networks. A workout facility and indoor and outdoor pools are also available for you to keep fit and feel refreshed in your entire vacation.

The condos in Thousand Hills are within the vicinity of the best 18-hole golf course in Branson. Condos here also have the perfect location one could ever ask for since it is located near Branson’s shows and attractions. These condos are also near Branson’s famous shopping malls. Thousand Hills also offers you The Majestic – the luxury lakefront condo that will give you the most breathtaking view from your condo’s porch. The lakefront condo is situated in front of the Table Rock Lake – one of Branson’s most pristine lakes. Staying in The Majestic also gives you the chance to do some water activities and water sports. Table Rock Lake offers private boat docks for your own convenience. It also gives you easy access to State Park Marina and Moonshine Beach for some swimming bonding with the entire family and/or friends. Fishing and boating are also two of the many activities that Table Rock Lake has to offer.

The cabins in Thousand Hills also offer you comfort and the feeling that you have never left home at all. These cabins are secluded enough in Thousand Hills to give you your much-needed space and privacy. The Ozark Mountains are also set to give you a relaxing view from your cabin. Just like the Branson condos, the cabins are also near Branson’s famous shows and attractions.

Branson hotels can give you a place to stay in but the option of having a condo or a cabin makes it more convenient and practical for you and your companions. When in Branson, do not think twice of the place where you will stay. Go to Thousand Hills where you are one with nature and urban living.

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The Showboat Branson Belle - Queen of the Lake

Give your vacation a unique experience by getting into America’s most entertaining dinner cruise - the Showboat Branson Belle. Experience both the best cruise experience and ultimate entertainment aboard the Showboat Branson Belle.

Dubbed as the Queen of the Ozarks, the Showboat Branson Belle is largest ship ever constructed on a landlocked lake, Table Rock Lake, which is impounded behind Table Rock Dam. You are ensured of a very relaxing view aboard the Showboat Branson Belle as Table Rock Lake as it is one of the most breathtaking lakes in Branson. This showboat is also a model for Branson’s commitment to help protect and preserve the waters. During the launch of the Showboat Branson Belle, two tons of bananas packed in the ship’s railing to act as a natural and biodegradable lubricant - clearly, an environment-friendly alternative for grease and oils.

Showboat Stage & Dining AreaWhen aboard the Showboat Branson Belle, savor the exhilarating view of Table Rock Lake and Ozark Mountains, indulge in the sumptuous three-course meals served fresh daily, and be amazed by the Showboat’s entertainment gurus. Enjoy your dinner while watching the shows aboard the Branson Belle. The showboat has three levels, all of which gives you an excellent view of the stage. Witness the new productions by Made In The USA and The ShowMen. Made In The USA is a production featuring the world’s only aerial violinist, Janice Martin, and revolving around patriotism as an over-all theme. On the other hand, The ShowMen is an all-male vocal group that will give you pleasant and heartwarming melodies that you will surely love. To add some fun and magic in the showboat, comedian and magician Christopher James is there to complete the Showboat Branson Belle’s ultimate entertainment package all for you. Also, a second new Made In The USA show is now ready to give you world-class entertainment that Branson is famous for. This new show has premiered recently and is shown aboard Noon and Sunday cruises. The new show also features top musical talents. Dean Church, the fiddler, is part of the show to give the audience a different kind of music experience. Julie McClarey, the pianist, is also on board to serve you the perfectly concocted piano melodies she has. Comedian David Hirschi is also there to add humor and fun to the show. To make the whole dining cruise experience worthwhile, an all-female quartet named The ShowBelles will sing you your favorite songs and serenade you as you enjoy your cruise meal.

After the cruise, souvenir shops are available in the showboat itself and on the landing, too. Make sure to drop by these shops to grab a memento or two for you to remember the awesome time you had on the showboat. The Showboat Branson Belle has a seating capacity of 700. You better grab a ticket aboard America’s most entertaining dinner cruise now to secure you a seat and a fun-filled vacation in Branson.

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Tanger Outlets – Shop For Deals Year Round

The phrase “shop until you drop” could come true with all of the shopping opportunities in Branson. One of the best places to get the best deals on designer, name brand products is Tanger Outlets. With over 100 outlet stores, Tanger has a variety of shops to provide visitors with a wide range of merchandise.

Tanger Outlets is open to guests Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Coupons and sales offers are available on the Tanger website at www.tangeroutlet.com. AAA/CAA, AARP, and military personnel are eligible to receive a free coupon book filled with valuable savings just by presenting a membership card and/or identification at any Tanger Outlet Shopper Services Center.

tangerTanger has a variety of different stores. Accessories, apparel, food, footwear, and housewares are just some of the categories that Tanger caters to. Claire’s, Coach Factory, Fossil, Wilson’s Leather, American Eagle Outfitters, Christopher and Banks, Levi’s, Under Armour, Carter’s, Gymboree, Justice, The Children’s Place, Harry and David, Finish Line, Nike, Rack Room Shoes, Kitchen Collection, Bath and Body Works, and Yankee Candle are just a few of the offerings that Tanger Outlet has to offer.

Aside from the shops at Tanger, Branson also has a number of shopping opportunities at The Grand Village. This eclectic collection of shops features everything from accessories to all-natural soaps and gourmet foods. The village itself is reminiscent of the cobblestone streets of England and leads you among fountains and 26 specialty shops. While Tanger Outlets features brand-name merchandise, The Grand Village shopping experience is unique because you will find items that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. For example, Peter Engler’s Woodcarving and Design shop features woodcarving pieces that are unmatched by anyone, and as beautiful as anyone could imagine. Lori’s Soap Market offers unique and natural food and skin care. All of the soaps are handmade with extra virgin olive oil and 100% pure goat’s milk. These quality ingredients provide skin with the best natural moisture and care. Mulberry Mill is a specialty shop that is packed with gourmet foods, home décor, designer fashions, and bath and body products. Samplings of gourmet products are available daily. Before you leave Branson, be sure to check out the unique offerings at the Grand Village.

Another shopping experience that Branson offers is just outside of the Branson Landing. Downtown Branson is home to shops like Dick’s 5 & 10, Cowgirl Clad Company, Fashion House International, and ABC Dolls and Collectibles. While Tanger Outlets has the designer name brands, these shops have the unique pieces that you’re looking for. Dick’s 5 & 10 is one of downtown Branson’s best known shops. It has been described as a “pathway back in time” and is chock-full of classic toys and games, unique kitchen novelties, hard-to-find old-time sweets, and other specialty gifts. Spending a day walking downtown is fun just for the bright colors and sounds you can experience while walking through the shops. Before you leave Branson, take time to check out more than one of the shopping experiences in the area. Tanger Outlets is just one of the places where you can shop for deals on your favorite products. The Grand Village and Historic Downtown Branson are two more places to visit on your trip. Make your shopping on your vacation memorable.

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Stay Cool This Summer On Branson Lakes

As any Branson/Tri-Lakes area local will be happy to tell you, it can get a little warm here during the summer. The sun likes to make its presence known and the high humidity level will drive all but the most stalwart outdoorsmen inside. But staying indoors all summer is not exactly everyone’s idea of fun and enjoyment – so what can you do to stay cool in the sticky Missouri heat? Why, hit some of the area lakes for a summer of swimming, fishing and boating, of course! Don’t forget the sunscreen.

Swimming

Moonshine Beach on Table Rock LakeAlmost everybody loves to go for a swim on a hot summer day. Branson lakes provide some great opportunities to jump in and start swimming. Moonshine Beach, located on Table Rock Lake just across the dam off of Highway 165, is a fantastic place to swim. It is a true beach here is the Ozarks – complete with sand! For $5 per vehicle, you can bring your swim gear, your sunscreen, and a picnic and stay all day long. The whole cove at Moonshine Beach is roped off with a thick floating yellow cord, so swimmers know where the safest area to swim is. There is no lifeguard on duty at the beach, so make sure to keep an eye on your little ones and make sure that everyone in your group knows basic swimming safety rules. Then dive right in! The cool water may take a minute to get used to, but it’s one of the most refreshing areas to swim on the Branson Lakes. Moonshine Beach also offers amenities like bathrooms, showers, picnic pavilions (with barbeque grills) and a playground. So come enjoy some sand and surf in the Ozarks – plan a swim trip to Moonshine Beach!

Fishing

Branson Lakes are well known for their great fishing. Folks come from all over the country hoping to get a bite. The cold, crisp waters of Lake Taneycomo (short for Taney County Missouri) hold some of the nation’s best fishing opportunities – especially for trout! All year round, the Brown trout and the Rainbow trout in Lake Taneycomo make a great challenge for the avid fisherman. For a cool summer fishing experience, the shallow waters near the foot of the Table Rock Dam (next to the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery) average a chilly 48 degrees Fahrenheit – so don your waders and jump in! Lake Taneycomo is sure to keep you from sweating. Many record breaking Rainbow and Brown trout have been reeled in from this lake – it’s no surprise, what with 750,000+ trout stocked annually. If you want to beat the summer heat while still getting some bites, Lake Taneycomo is certainly the place to be!

Boating

If you’re the type who likes to be out ON the water instead of in it or near the edge, you are certain to love boating on Branson lakes. The State Park Marina on Table Rock Lake has all the ingredients you and your family and friends need for a safe, successful and fun boating experience! The State Park Marina offers boat rentals, wave runners, parasailing, scuba diving, guided fishing trips and unique watery tours aboard ‘The Spirit of America,’ the pride of the marina docks. The marina also features a boathouse store, where boaters can purchase all the staples for a day on the water – hats, sunglasses, snacks, sunscreen, fishing gear, inner tubes, ropes and life jackets are all available here. Once all boaters are wearing a properly fitted life jacket, you and your crew are ready to hit the waters of Table Rock for some boating fun!

Branson lakes are a great way to beat the Missouri summer heat. With a bit of planning and by following water safety rules, your trip to the lake is sure to be a memorable success!

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2013 Branson Fireworks Schedules

branson-4th-of-july-fireworksLooking for fireworks and celebrations in Branson this Fourth of July? 2013 is poised to be another great year to celebrate our nation's independence, here are just a few of the celebrations going on this week!

Sunday, Jun. 30 Honor America Day, College of the Ozarks
Wednesday, Jul. 3 Branson Landing 6th Annual Liberty Light Up Concert & Fireworks, Branson
Wednesday, Jul. 3 Branson Landing Fireworks Cruise on the Landing Princess, Main Street Lake Cruises
Thursday, Jul. 4 60th Annual Hollister 4th of July Celebration, Historic Downtown Hollister
Thursday, Jul. 4 Rockaway Beach Fireworks Cruise on the Landing Princess, Main Street Lake Cruises
Thursday, Jul. 4 Celebrate July 4th at Copper Run, Copper Run Distillery
Saturday, Jul. 6 Fireburst 2013, Kimberling City, Table Rock Lake

Plan your 2013 Branson Fireworks tour today!

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Lake Taneycomo Cruises – Ride the Waters at the Branson Landing

There’s always something new and interesting to do in Branson, and exploring our area lakes is just one of the activities that so many partake of each year. However, there are other ways besides fishing, boating, and swimming to enjoy our lakes. Main Street Lake Cruises at Branson Landing offers a variety of opportunities for you to enjoy Lake Taneycomo without hassle.

Lake Taneycomo Main Street CruisesMain Street Lake Cruises opened its doors to the Branson Landing in 2008 with two magnificent boats to take you over Lake Taneycomo in. The Lake Queen is a modern day paddleboat replica, and the Landing Princess is a 100’ luxury yacht. There are a variety of public cruises to choose from, including romantic dinner cruises and narrated sightseeing tours of the breathtaking Ozark Mountains. Special events and holiday cruises also occur throughout the year.

Main Street Lake Cruises offers four daily sightseeing and dinner cruises. Each cruise takes from 1 ½ hours to two hours, and features different sights along the cruise route. The “Beach and Back Sightseeing Cruise” takes two hours to complete and gives passengers views of the beautiful Ozark scenery and wildlife. You will pass by an antebellum style mansion, the campus of Kanakuk Kamps, the Boston Gold Mine site, Rockaway Beach, and what legend has to be Al Capone’s summer home on the 100’ Lake Queen paddleboat. The Morning Sightseeing Cruise is another option. It is 30 minutes shorter than the Beach and Back cruise and omits the Boston Mine, Rockaway Beach, and Al Capone’s summer home.

The Dinner Cruise on the Landing Princess allows you to experience the same sites as the first two cruises, but adds a dinner service that is unmatched by others. Your service includes a delicious dinner, along with complimentary coffee, tea, water, and soda. A full service cash bar is available on this cruise. Dinner cruises must be reserved at least a half day in advance, so get your table reserved now!

The fourth cruise offered by Main Street Lake Cruises is the Sunset Cruise departing at 7:15 each evening. This cruise takes you past the same elements as the Beach and Back cruise, but in an entirely different perspective as the sun falls behind the horizon and you experience Lake Taneycomo not only by what you can see, but by what you can only hear. Father’s Day on the Landing Princess is just one of the special holiday cruises that occur at Main Street Lake Cruises. A special menu featuring salad, beef brisket and pork ribs, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn muffins, and a brownie with vanilla ice cream. The cruise will last two hours and departs at 12:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Aside from the scheduled special events, you can book your family reunion, wedding reception, or other special occasion with Main Street Lake Cruises. You get the best in service, including start to finish coordinators and everything else you need to make your event the best one yet. To start planning your event now, visit www.mainstreetlakecruises.com to receive a free quote for your event.

If you’re looking for something a little different for your Branson vacation, check out Main Street Lake Cruises. You can unwind from a long day in the luxury of the Lake Queen paddleboat or the yacht the Landing Princess. In order to get tickets and to reserve your place on the next departing cruise, you can visit mainstreetlakecruises.com or call toll free at 1-877-38-BOATS. You may also call the local number at 417-239-3980 to get more information. Don’t miss your chance to experience Lake Taneycomo in an unmatched and luxurious setting.

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Branson Fourth of July Celebrations

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With flashes of light and crashes of sound, fireworks light up the night sky every year in July. Families everywhere flock to their favorite picnics and places to lay their blankets. In Branson, opportunities abound for celebrating the Fourth of July. From fireworks to dinner cruises, there are multiple ways to celebrate our nation’s birthday.

Big Cedar Lodge has rolled out the red carpet for their Fourth of July celebration. On July 4th, you can join the Big Cedar staff on the Swimmin’ Hole lawn for their annual Independence Day Picnic and Fireworks. Beginning at 2:00 p.m., there will be games, attractions, contests, crafts, entertainment, pony rides, and food. Tickets and all-you-can-play wristbands will be available at the ticket booth on site that afternoon. Wristbands will be $30. The Clay Self Band will perform later on in the evening at 7:00 p.m. Bring your own lawn chair or a blanket to enjoy the spectacular fireworks display at dusk.

Branson 4th of July FireworksBig Cedar is also offering guests the opportunity to experience the splendor of the fireworks from the water. Lady Liberty, Big Cedar’s 62 foot luxury dinner yacht will set sail to take you on a cruise of Table Rock Lake. Appetizers, drinks, dinner, and entertainment will be served on the cruise. Dinner will include a traditional Caesar salad, your choice of grilled fillet with wild mushroom madeira ragu, gratin potatoes, and roasted asparagus; or rum glazed salmon with mashed potatoes and wilted bok choy. Chocolate gooey butter cake with vanilla bean whipped cream will be served for dessert. Guests will receive a Lady Liberty mug on their cruise. Reservations for this cruise are required and space is limited. The cruise will run from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and boards at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $129 per guest. For more information, visit www.big-cedar.com or call 1-800-225-6343.

Local distillery Copper Run will also be having a celebration for this national holiday. From 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Copper Run will serve handcrafted drinks with their own homemade moonshine, whiskey, and rum, along with fresh squeezed fruit juices. There will be live music starting at 6 p.m. and you’ll get to hear from the Shotgun Brothers Band, Bo Brown, the Lori Locke Band, and local singer/songwriter Barak Hill. The Wheelhouse will also be serving up Thai and Mexican fusion cuisine. Homemade ice cream and homemade s’mores are also going to be on the menu for this night of fun and festivities.

In addition to these Fourth of July events, the Firecracker 5000 and 10k will also be held on Independence Day. This race begins at 7:15 a.m., and offers a 5k and 10k race on a flat course through the Branson area. There is also a one mile run/walk for those who prefer a stroll or have children who wish to participate. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. Individuals may register for the race for only $20 before July 1st; after the 1st, registration is $25. For additional information about the Firecracker 5000, visit www.runbranson.com.

No matter how you and your family choose to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, Branson has something to offer you. So this year, go check out all of the celebration and festivities going on in the Branson area for Fourth of July and enjoy the fireworks and fellowship.

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