People partaking in Fourth of July events in the Bismarck-Mandan area on Thursday should bring an umbrella. The weather might put a damper on evening fireworks.
The National Weather Service forecast calls for a 40% chance of rain during the day and "likely" rain showers Thursday night, with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Holiday revelers can expect some pleasant temperatures, though, with daytime highs expected only in the mid-70s.
Mandan Rodeo Days is celebrating its 140th anniversary at Dacotah Centennial Park. There are activities for children, an art festival at Dacotah Centennial Park, an Independence Day parade and a large fireworks display after Thursday's rodeo. A full schedule of events is available at www.MandanRodeo.com.
The city's annual Fourth of July parade begins at 10 a.m. with classic cars followed by the grand parade. The event usually lasts for a couple of hours. Interstate 94 construction this year has prompted some different rules for traffic and parking. Details can be found on the police department's website, www.mandanpd.com.
In Bismarck, there's a watermelon and American folk singalong at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site.
The Fourth of July Spectacular on the state Capitol grounds begins at 8 p.m. The event includes a performance by the Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra followed by the annual fireworks show.