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Press Release - 4th of July Fireworks by Southgate Mall

Southgate Mall to Hold 4th of July Fireworks with Parking Lot Closed to the Public

Guests can view fireworks from public locations or from home on July 4

Missoula, Montana (June 26, 2020) – For over 35 years Southgate Mall has proudly hosted a world-class 4th of July fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day with the people of Western Montana.

This year in the wake of the historic COVID-19 pandemic numerous fireworks shows around the state have been cancelled. Thankfully, that is not the case for the fireworks in Missoula.

After careful thought and consideration, Southgate Mall has made the decision to continue with plans to hold the fireworks show on Saturday, July 4. However, for the safety and well-being of everyone, community members are invited to enjoy the fireworks from other locations, as the Southgate Mall parking lot will be closed to the public after 6:00 p.m. on July 4. Guests will not be permitted to view the fireworks from the Southgate Mall premises.

The fireworks display, Western Montana’s largest, will begin at 10:30 p.m. on July 4, along with choreographed music that can be streamed on Mountain 102.5 FM radio or at via mobile devices. Also, a live broadcast of the fireworks will be available at, courtesy of KECI.

“Our team has worked closely with Missoula City-County Health, City Fire, and City Police Departments to determine the best way to keep our guests safe and healthy, while still continuing the decades-long tradition that is our fireworks show,” said Tim Winger, Southgate Mall General Manager. “In the end we felt it was the best decision to continue with the fireworks display, which can be seen from throughout the valley. This year we are asking people to watch the fireworks from home instead of from our parking lot. With COVID-19 still present in our world, the risk in bringing together thousands of people, even with masks and social distancing measures, is too great. Our hope is to bring back Fourth Fest in a grand way in 2021.”

Southgate Mall and the City of Missoula ask the community to keep all roads and pathways clear, respect local businesses, and practice social distancing if watching from any public location on the 4th of July.

The fireworks are proudly sponsored by First Interstate Bank, Mountain 102.5 FM, and KECI/NBC Montana.

Southgate Mall will be open on July 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.