America’s Fourth of July City - Small Town USA!
Since 1868, the community of Seward, Nebraska has honored and celebrated the anniversary of our United States’ founding. Rich in community history, this celebration has grown to state and national attention, emphasizing the total community effort. This example of “small town” America celebrating as it has for over 140 years will again happen this July 4, and we invite you to share this day with us, if not in person, at least in spirit!
Seward County is located in the Blue River valley, a 20 minute drive west of Lincoln, Nebraska’s state capital. The City of Seward, with a population of over 6,000, is located in the very heart of the county of Seward. It grew from the 1867 prairie settlement on a bend of the Blue River, to become the seat of government for the current 16,000 county residents.
Seward, recognized as “America’s Small Town 4th of July City”, hosts the state of Nebraska in an old-fashioned family celebration each July 4. The observance is unique in that the major leadership is provided by high school youth. The event adds new attractions each year and draws upward to 40,000 people. It has been televised nationally on numerous occasions.