Historical marker near the courthouse in Seward, Nebraska

It has been very difficult for the dedicated volunteers of Seward, Nebraska to announce that the Seward Fourth of July Celebration Committee and the City of Seward are cancelling the 2020 Seward Fourth of July Festival. This was a very difficult decision to make, as the event is our community identity and our festival brings in thousands of people. We wish to keep our community and our guests safe and so we felt we had to do what is right and cancel the Seward Fourth of July Celebration 2020.

Due to all the Federal and State recommendations with the Covid 19 Virus and not knowing what the next few months will bring, we felt at this time we should cancel. Our committees are ready for the celebration, the poster could be printed, as the committee has been preparing all year. We wanted to put our celebration plans into action but felt the responsible thing to do was cancel our annual event for 2020. Also, we have many young and older community members helping and volunteering for the festival, and we do not wish to jeopardize them in any way, as well as protecting our vendors and guests from across the USA and world.

The annual Seward Fourth of July Celebration 2021 will return, merging highlights of this year’s event into next year. Our 2020 celebration theme is “The Magic of Movies,” honoring the Centennial of the historic, Seward Rivoli Theater. Our Grand Marshall is Laurie Richards, the longtime director of the Nebraska Film Office. We have elected a Seward County Community Service Awardee and will have our annual Seward Rotary Club Essay Contest Royalty for 2020. Our 2021 Celebration will be a special salute to the Centennial of Hughes Brothers, INC of Seward and a salute to American Labor, merging two festivals into one and offering the community, state and nation a “double celebration.” We will have another Grand Marshall, Community Service Awardee and new 2021 Royalty-plus a Tourist Family!

While all the physical activities and events for this year’s Seward Fourth have been canceled, watch the Seward Fourth of July FACEBOOK page for some wonderful, virtual events-featuring highlights of this Fourth. Details will follow but there will be many fun happenings “on line!” Join in the fun with our virtual Fourth!

Of course, there will still be a Fourth of July in Seward, however, like so many national, state, and local activities, this year’s Seward Fourth has a “family at home” focus and revolves around the “Spirit of the Day!” To cancel the Fourth was not an easy decision, as this is our 153rd annual community Fourth of July Celebration. We appreciate everyone’s support in helping us fight the virus and working to stay safe. The cancelation of our Seward Fourth of July Celebration is one way we can contribute to the effort and display responsibility, being pro-active and promoting safety for others.

Spend the Fourth in Seward-this year with your family and celebrate the “Spirit of the Day!” Stay “up to date” on our Virtual Fourth by checking our Seward Fourth of July Celebration FACEBOOK.

Thank you, The Volunteers of the Seward Fourth of July Celebration Committee

This Award Winning Event Features...

Grand Parade
Grand Parade
The grand parade kicks off at 4:00 and travels west down Seward street through the heart of downtown.
National Guard Museum
National Guard Museum
Dedication of new Nebraska National Guard Museum exhibits will take place at 9:00 a.m. on July 4th.
Car Show
Car Show
View a wide variety of antique, classic and newer cars, trucks & motorcycles at the annual Car Show.
Fireworks Display
Fireworks Display
A free, giant fireworks extravaganza is held at Plum Creek Park at 10:00 p.m.
Craft Show
Craft Show
"Crafts on the Square” is one of Nebraska’s Best Handmade Craft Shows and takes place in the courthouse lawn from 9:00 – 4:00.
Live Entertainment
Live Entertainment
The Seward Bandshell is busy on July 4th with live music, dancers and cloggers, contests and more! View the full schedule of events!

And Even More! Including...

Food Alley

Free Movies at the Rivoli Theater

Humanities Presentations/Lectures

Patriotic Programs

Children’s Games

Freedom Run


Aerobatic Airplane Show

Miscellaneous Market

Tourist Family

Pet Parade/Contest

Pole Vault Competition

Historic Exhibits

Walking Tour of Downtown

Art Shows


Quilt Lectures/Talks

Cloggers and Dancers

Holiday Lights Downtown

Horseshoe Contest


Apple Pie Eating Contest

Band Concerts

Used Book Sale

Special Seward County Independent

Quilt Exhibit


Anvil Firing

Prayer Service

Grand Concert in Plum Creek Park

Children’s Festival

Rotary Club Royalty


Pictorial Postal Cancellation

Guest Register

Jazzercise/Aerobics Exhibition

Family Shows/Concerts

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