Summer Nights is hosting the Military Appreciation Night this Thursday

RAPID CITY, SD — Summer Nights have been rocking downtown Rapid City since 2008, and there are only three chances left to join this season. This week is very special as it is Military Appreciation Night.

The non-profit, all-volunteer organization hosts the event weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


  • First held in 2008
  • Occupies three city blocks
  • Organized by an all-volunteer board
  • Average attendance is 8,000
  • Over 100 volunteers serve at each event
  • Hosts over 13 different local and regional groups each summer

Crowd of summer nights (file photo)

This week, the MBJ Band of Montana will perform their rock-and-roll covers, and service members from Ellsworth and the National Guard will be in attendance.

Ellsworth groups have volunteered to host Summer Nights for years.

“Involve Ellsworth Airmen and they also give back to the community. It’s been pretty cool and it’s been a great relationship we’ve had with them,” said David Goodwin, who sits on the board of Summer Nights.

This week’s sponsor, AARP, as well as groups like Mission22 will have booths set up during the event.

All tips received at the event will go to a local veterans services organization.

“One of the things we’re doing this year is donating all of our tips to Folds of Honor, which is an amazing organization that helps and provides scholarships to the families of all military personnel who have died,” Goodwin said.


Founded in 2007, Folds of Honor is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides scholarships to spouses and children of service members who died or became disabled while serving in the United States military. They pay tuition or tutoring at private K-12 schools; college, technical or trade school tuition; and post-graduate studies.

Since its inception, the organization has awarded more than 35,000 scholarships totaling more than $160 million in all 50 US states.

Folds of Honor was founded by Lt. Col. Dan Rooney, the only F-16 fighter pilot with three combat tours in Iraq and PGA professional.

CLICK HERE for more information on South Dakota Honor Folds.

Military Appreciation Night runs from 6-9 p.m. Thursday in downtown Rapid City — and it’s free.

NewsCenter1’s Darsha Nelson will be live from Summer Nights this Thursday, so be sure to tune in for the fun.

CLICK HERE for more information on Summer Nights, including applications to volunteer or serve as a food vendor.

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