You can make an entire evening out of Southgate Mall's Fourth Fest, Missoula's signature 4th of July festival and celebration.

Festivities kick off at 6:00 p.m. with free live music featuring the Missoula City Band. Entertainment continues at 7:30 with Reverend Slanky and Lil Smokies at 9:00.

In addition to all the lively music, there will be food trucks, a beer garden, kids activities and vendor booths. It all leads up to the huge fireworks show at 10:30. Community members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets and please leave fireworks, alcohol and pets at home.

One major viewing change this year: the parking lot between JCPenney and Bed Bath & Beyond/Cost Plus World Market will be pedestrian only.  Parking will be available around the remainder of Southgate Mall's parking lot.

We hope you plan to get there early and enjoy all the fun activities!