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Spend Independence Day this year at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds with the Jaycee’s at their 50th annual Fourth of July Celebration. For a full list of festivities around the Sioux Empire, check out the Fourth of July roundup. Wochit

Celebrate our country’s independence Tuesday at the 4th of July Family Parade and Picnic hosted by the mayor’s office. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. along Phillips Avenue followed by a free lunch at 11 a.m. for the first 5,000 attendees in Falls Park. The program will include a presentation of flags, singing of the national anthem and a welcome by the mayor. The Sioux Falls Municipal Band and Mogen’s Heroes will perform. Info at siouxfalls.org/july-4. 

At night, join the Jaycees at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds for their 50th annual Fourth of July Celebration. The night features kids activities and live music. A 20-minute-long fireworks show is scheduled to go off at 10 p.m. The event is free, and lawn chairs are welcome. Info at siouxfallsjaycees.org. 

More: Fourth of July roundup: Ready to have a blast?

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The Parks and Recreation Department is setting up a Pop-up Park at the Phillips Avenue Plaza to celebrate National Park and Recreation Month. Events begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday with Play a Park Game and continue through July. Info at siouxfalls.org/PopUpPark.

Hot Harley Nights is coming to town Thursday through Sunday and is headquartered at J&L Harley-Davidson, where events are scheduled all weekend. Hundreds of motorcycles will parade downtown Saturday for a night of live music and more. Info at hotharleynights.com.

The monthly and free Downtown Block Party is this Friday at 5:30 p.m. on the Eastbank. The music lineup includes Taylor Riley, Rich Show & The Working Poor and Erik Koskinen. There will also be kids activities and vendors. Info at dtsf.com.

Exposure Gallery and Studio is bringing Art Maze II to the L’Abri building downtown, located at 401 N. Phillips Ave. More than 30 artists are transforming the office space into a temporary art gallery for two nights only. The show opens at 5 p.m. Friday. 

The second annual Wiley’s Block Party is Friday night behind Wiley’s Tavern. The event features Eli Young Band and guests Walker County. Tickets are $ 20 in advance, $ 25 at the door. The show starts at 7 p.m. Info at wileystavern.com.  

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The VFW is hosting its hog roast, The VFW is Going Hog Wild, at 6 p.m. Friday in its parking lot. The event costs $ 10 with music beginning at 8:30 p.m. At 10 a.m. Saturday, the community is invited to a ceremony at the USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial celebrating the remaining World War II crew members.

Artist John Lopez is opening his newart gallery, Kokomo, on Friday in Lemmon. The gallery features several of his popular works, including his most famous piece, “The Last Stand Sculpture,” and brings a light to the area’s history and culture. Info at johnlopezstudio.com. 

‘Hood Magazine brings you the eighth annual FamilyFest on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds. Admission is $ 6 for adults, $ 2 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and younger. This event celebrates family through education and entertainment. Info at familyfestsf.com. 

If you have an event or story idea that fits into the Sioux Falls dining or entertainment theme, Alexa Giebink can be reached at agiebink@argusleader.com. Follow her on Twitter @ArgusAGiebink

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