4 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July in Abilene, Kansas

By Abilene CVB on June 22, 2021

Independence Day is right around the corner, and this list of four ways to celebrate the 4th of July will make you want to celebrate the holiday weekend in Abilene, Kansas!

1. Enjoy Live Music at Old Abilene Town

Kick-off the holiday weekend with a chuckwagon dinner, country music singer/songwriter Bryan Knowles concert, and an old west movie! The fun starts Friday, July 2  at 6:30 pm at the Bull's Head Pavilion at Old Abilene Town. Dinner includes smoked brisket, baked beans, cornbread, potatoes salad, and peach cobbler. Admission is $20 and the concert starts at 7 pm. Stay to watch the old western Abilene Town after the concert! 

Bonus: See the Old Abilene Town Gunfighters perform on Saturday at 11:30 am, 1:10 pm, and 3:30 pm, and on Sunday at 1:10 pm and 3:30 pm. The group will also perform on Monday at 11:30 am, 1:10 pm, and 3:30 pm.

2. Visit the Eisenhower Museum

What's more patriotic than visiting the museum of Five-Star General and 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower?! See the all-new exhibits and take a selfie with an 11' statue of General Eisenhower. 

Open Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. Advance tickets are required. But don't delay tickets are still limited, so get yours today! 

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3. Ride the Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad's Steam Engine 

Ride the rails with the Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad! Enjoy a narrated tour aboard the 1919 Baldwin 4-6-2 Steam Engine. 

The Steam Engine Runs Saturday, July 3 at 10 am and 2 pm; Sunday, July 4 at 2 pm; and Monday, July 5 at 10 am and 2 pm.

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4. Celebrate at Abilene Parks and Recreation's Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration

6:00 am - Register for the Rocket Run

6:45 am - Flag Raising Ceremony

7:00 am - Start 5K Road Race / Tournament Registrations Begin

7:45 am - Start 1-mile fun run / Start 2-mile walk

8:00 am - Register Pedal Power Tractor Pull (ages 4-12) at the Showbarn / Start Mud Volleyball / Start 3 on 3 Basketball

8:30 am - Rocket Run Awards

9:00 am - Register for Baby Beauty Contest / Start Pedal Power Tractor Pull / Start 4 on 4 Sand Volleyball

10:00 am - Start Baby Beauty Contest 

10: 30 am  - Frog & Turtle Races

Noon - Free Hot Dog Feed / Start Pool Activities 

1:00 - 5:00 pm - Free Swim at Abilene Municipal Pool

8:00 pm - City Band Performance (at the Royer Bandshell)

9:45 pm - Fireworks (shot from the north side of the Abilene Community Center)


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