Do you love Fourth of July fireworks?

Donate to the cause in Pequot Lakes, Crosslake

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The Pequot Lakes Chamber has funding for a 3-minute fireworks show July 3, 2023, and seeks more donations.
Contributed / Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce

Not to rush summer, but the Fourth of July is rapidly approaching.

Holiday festivities include annual fireworks displays in Pequot Lakes and Crosslake, and both depend on donations for the shows to go on.


The city of Crosslake donates $15,000 toward the Celebrate America show, but $5,000 more is needed.

If we could just capture $1 from everyone who watches the show, we’d have it paid for.
Cindy Myogeto, Crosslake Chamber director

The 53rd annual celebration is planned at dusk Saturday, July 1, over the water from Sand Island in the middle of Cross Lake. Boats of all kinds traditionally head out for those on board to enjoy the show, which is choreographed to music on R&J Broadcasting’s Skeeter 101.5 FM radio.

“If we could just capture $1 from everyone who watches the show, we’d have it paid for,” Cindy Myogeto, Crosslake Chamber director, recently told a group gathered at the monthly Explore Crosslake Business Meeting.


The Parks and Library Foundation is collecting funds.

  • Businesses that donate $500 or more toward the fireworks will get a 30-second ad on the radio before the show starts.
  • Any business, family or individual who donates $200 will get their name mentioned on the radio before the show.

Donations must be received by Friday, June 23, for radio recognition. Contact Myogeto at the chamber at 218-692-4027.

  • Any donation amounts are encouraged. 

Make checks payable to the PAL Foundation and mail them to: Crosslake Chamber, P.O. Box 315, Crosslake, MN 56442.
Or visit to make a donation, or donate through Venmo by searching @CrosslakeChamber.

Pequot Lakes

The need for funds is a bit more dire in Pequot Lakes, where the chamber seeks to raise $12,000 for a 10- to 12-minute fireworks show during Stars & Stripes Days.

The fireworks draw a ton of people.
Nichole Heinen, Pequot Lakes Chamber director

So far, $2,900 has been raised.

“The fireworks draw a ton of people,” said Nichole Heinen, Pequot Lakes Chamber director, noting the bigger the show, the more people who will show up.

The fireworks are planned at dusk Monday, July 3.


To donate, visit, scroll down and click on “Donate to the fireworks show.”

Or search @PequotLakesChamber to send a donation via Venmo.

Mail donations to: Pequot Lakes Chamber, P.O. Box 208, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472.

At the chamber building, there’s a Change at the Chamber bucket to drop change into. Two Pequot Lakes businesses will host roundup campaigns: Dairy Queen from May 26-June 9, and Supervalu from May 26-June 11.

Nancy Vogt, editor, may be reached at 218-855-5877 or Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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