Seward, recognized as America’s Small Town 4th of July City, hosts the state of Nebraska in an old-fashioned family celebration each July 4th. The Firecracker 50 is a lightly-supported, free public ride hosted by Great Plains Bicycling Club in conjunction with Seward’s July 4th activities. Lightly supported means that we provide a SAG support station with water and a limited selection of snack foods. The road route is entirely on paved roads between Seward and the towns of Brainard and Dwight. Distance options are 22 and 51 miles (or a distance in-between if you choose to turn around early!). A 55-mile gravel route is also available.

The ride starts at Living Word Lutheran Church, 1300 West Hillcrest Drive in Seward. Registration begins at 7:00 am; the ride starts at 7:30 am.

The road route can be viewed in Google Maps at this link.

The road route can also be downloaded as a PDF file.

The gravel route can be found here.

Brochure (pdf)

Ride Volunteer Information