Ralston Independence Day parade and fireworks show returns for July 4th


(Ralston, NE) -- Nebraska’s largest 4th of July parade, the Ralston Independence Day Celebration, is back after being cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After discussions on how to safely hold the event, the Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce and the City decided to move forward with the parade and fireworks this year.

“The Ralston Independence Day Parade is cultural landmark for the Metro. It brings people together to celebrate what unites as Americans. We are thrilled to be bringing it back to the families of Metro Omaha,” said Ralston Mayor Don Groesser.

“We can continue this amazing tradition while providing a safe experience for the parade attendees,” said Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Jason Richards. “It is a great opportunity to celebrate American values at a time when people really want, and need, to come together.”

Based upon guidance from Douglas County Health and the CDC, the annual Ralston Independence Day Celebration will hold a modified schedule of events including the Optimist’s Club fun run, annual parade, fire department water fight and the Ralston Fireworks Display by Bellino’s Fireworks on Sunday, July 4, 2021. All other normally scheduled events will not be held this year as the community transitions, but city leaders say the intention is to resume all events next year, in 2022.