Fourth of July Weekend Car Shows & Events Roundup

Jun 28, 2011

What’s more American than cookouts, fireworks and classic cars? This Fourth of July weekend, car clubs and community organizations are among those hosting car shows and events that offer shops the opportunity to show off builds, meet new customers and support great causes while enjoying the long holiday weekend. Here’s information on 10 such events. Additional car shows and events will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter throughout the week.

Goodguys hosts the 20th Heartland Nationals Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. The show will feature over 3,500 rods, customs and classics through 1972 competing for awards including 2011 Muscle Machine of the Year Finalist, PPG Dream Car and Burman’s Builder’s Choice Awards. The event will also include nightly parties, a swap meet, Cars 4 Sale Corral, Goodguys Autocross, live entertainment, seminars and a fireworks display. For more information, visit

The Independence Day Motorfest takes place Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Dahlonega, Georgia. Presented by The United Way for Lumpkin County and Dahlonega’s Gold City Classic Car Club present the event, which will feature a cruise-in, live entertainment, a cruise-out, a car show, a winners’ parade and a fireworks display. For more information, visit

The NorCal KnockOut takes place Saturday at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo, California. The event is open to pre-1970 American kustoms, hot rods, gassers, nostalgic top fuel dragsters, vintage trailers and speed boats, as well as 1940s-1960s choppers, bobbers and café racers. Trophies will be presented in 10 classes. The event will also feature live music, pinstripers, tiki carvers, vendors, food, drinks and tattoo artists. For more information, visit

The Philomath Classic Car Show takes place Saturday at Philomath City Park in Philomath, Oregon. The competition is open to cars and trucks from 1900 to 1980, with awards presented in 27 classes. Four additional special awards will also be presented. The event will feature vendor booths, music, a 50/50 drawing and food. Proceeds will benefit the Philomath High School Drag Team, the Philomath Chamber and local nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit

The George Barris Charity Car Show & Festival takes place Sunday at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois. Thirty trophies will be awarded to vintage cars and motorcycles. The event will also feature live music, children’s activities, a pin-up girl contest and appearances by NHRA drivers. Proceeds will benefit NorthPointe Resources, a provider of developmental disability and behavioral health services. For more information, visit

The Kiwanis Club 4th of July Family Fun Day and Car Show take place Sunday at Center Stage Alabama in Dothan, Alabama. Cars, trucks and motorcycles will be competing for 100 awards in 32 classes at the show. The event will also feature children’s activities, live entertainment and a fireworks display. All proceeds will go toward projects that help children. For more information, visit

The Central PA Street Machine Show takes place Sunday at the Piper Memorial Airfield in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. The event will feature car club displays, vendors, food, crafts and drawings. First-, second- and third-place awards will be presented to cars, trucks and motorcycles in 33 classes. A total of $350 will be presented to the winners of four special awards. Proceeds will benefit local charities. For more information, visit

Red, White & Cruise takes place Monday at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The event features a car show, cruise and track laps. Attendees can also enjoy live music, children’s activities, vendors, carnival rides and games. A 3-D fireworks display will close out the event. For more information, visit

The city of DeForest, Wisconsin, will be hosting a car show Monday as part of its weekend-long Fourth of July Celebration. In addition to the non-judged car show, the festivities include a beer garden, live music, parades, family activities, bingo, a Freedom Run and raffles. For more information, visit

The 2011 Fillmore Chili Cookoff & Car Show takes place Monday in Fillmore, California. The event is open to 1974 and older vehicles, with display space limited to 350 vehicles. Special awards will be presented. The event will feature train rides, live entertainment, food and a fireworks display at dusk. For more information, visit