Fourth of July festivities abound locally
Nisswa and Pequot Lakes will host their annual Fourth of July holiday parades, with a new parade route in Pequot Lakes. Crosslake's fireworks show is scheduled Saturday, July 7.
For those celebrating the holiday in the lakes area, following is a roundup of activities taking place:
The annual Nisswa Freedom Days celebration will take place Tuesday, July 3, throughout downtown Nisswa, featuring the Freedom Days Parade at 7 p.m.
All day: Eats, treats and shopping.
1-2 p.m.: Turtle race registration.
2 p.m.: Turtle races.
2 p.m.: Lakes Area Legion Classic baseball game at Nisswa City Park, featuring the Crosslake/Nisswa Legion team against the Brainerd Legion team.
3-7 p.m.: Live music featuring The Nissfits on an outdoor stage at the Pickle Factory.
7 p.m.: Parade down Main Street.
After the parade: Live music featuring The Express Band on an outdoor stage at the Pickle Factory, and Shotgun Drama Junkies at the Nisswa American Legion.
Parking: To prepare for the parade, no parking will be allowed after 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, on the west side of Main Street. Vehicles parked there will be towed. No chairs will be allowed before 4 p.m. on the west side of Main Street starting at the parallel parking spots at Nisswa Square to Main Street Ale House.
Also in Nisswa, a fireworks show will take place at dusk Monday, July 2, at The Pines golf course at Grand View Lodge.
And the annual Nisswa Firecracker Run featuring 5K and 10K races, as well as a Kids Fun Run, will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 7, in downtown Nisswa.
Pequot Lakes Stars & Stripes Days will feature a parade route that will wind its way through both the west and east sides of downtown, starting at Pequot Lakes School instead of the Business Park.
The parade will be at noon Wednesday, July 4, going from the school down West Woodman Street, turning north onto Second Street and Front Street before then going east on East Sibley Street where it will cross Patriot Avenue (former two-lane highway), turn south on Government Drive, east on Main Street, south on Rasmussen Road (County Road 112) and then west on East Woodman Street back across Patriot Avenue to the school.
For the second year, fireworks will be launched Tuesday, July 3, from behind Our Savior's Lutheran Church at 30985 Front St. Recommended viewing locations are Trailside Park, Pequot Lakes High School varsity baseball field, Pequot Lake Middle School parking lot and TDS Telecom parking lot.
The following events will take place in Trailside Park unless otherwise noted:
TUESDAY, JULY 3
5 p.m.: Food vendors.
6-10 p.m.: Beer garden sponsored by Community Action of Pequot Lakes.
6 p.m.: Bean bag toss tournament; $10 per two-player team; cash prizes.
6:30 p.m.: Band performance by SOLO.
After dusk: Fireworks from behind Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 30985 Front St.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4
7-11 a.m.: Fire department pancake breakfast, fire hall, $8 for adults, $5 for ages 12 and under
9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Craft fair, food vendors and music.
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Bungee Trampoline and Kids Climb, Trailside Park South.
10 a.m.: Money in the Haystack and Golden Bobber Hunt, Trailside Park North.
10:30 a.m.: Kiddie parade and bed races (five per team) registration, bandshell, Trailside Park North.
11 a.m.: Kiddie parade, Veterans Memorial Walking Path, Trailside Park North.
11 a.m.: Bed races, Paul Bunyan Trail in Trailside Park North.
Noon: Stars & Stripes Parade.
Roads closed and parking
Main Street (County State Aid Highway 11) and Rasmussen Road (County Road 112) (between Main and East Woodman streets) will be closed to through traffic at 11 a.m. July 4 for the parade.
Parking will be available at TDS and some parking will be available at Pequot Lakes High School (cross at stoplights). Parking will also be available on Patriot Avenue.
Handicapped parking will be available on Government Drive south of Main Street and Front Street, as well as at St. Alice Catholic Church. Spaces will be marked.
Parking will not be allowed along the parade route or on Main Street (CSAH 11), or along Gravdahl Drive and Rae Avenue between Gravdahl Drive and Rasmussen Road because that will be the fire and emergency route. Vehicles parked in these places will be ticketed and towed.
The annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Fairfield Town Hall, approximately 15 miles north of Crosby or 5 miles south of Emily on Highway 6 just north of the intersection of State Highway 6 and County Road 36.
There will be a short program of patriotic readings and singing with light refreshments to follow.
The following fireworks displays will start around dusk:
Grand View Lodge: Monday, July 2, at the Pines Golf Course, Nisswa.
Pequot Lakes: Tuesday, July 3, behind Our Savior's Lutheran Church.
Brainerd: Wednesday, July 4, at Brainerd High School.
Madden's on Gull: Wednesday, July 4, at the resort.
Crosslake: Saturday, July 7, from Sand Island.
The 48th Celebrate America Crosslake fireworks display will be at dusk (around 10 p.m.) Saturday, July 7, when fireworks will be launched from barges anchored near Sand Island on the south end of the lake. View the fireworks from the water and shores of Cross Lake.
New this year, tune into Hubbard Broadcasting's B93.3 FM radio and listen to music that's been choreographed for the display.
Organizers seek help to support this annual tradition. Anyone who makes a tax-deductible donation of $100 or more will receive a shout-out of appreciation on the radio broadcast before or after the fireworks display.
Visitors and residents can also donate bills and coins in specially marked donation cans at Crosslake merchants. Visit www.crosslake.com for more information.
The annual Grandpa's Run for the Walleye 5K and 10K will be Saturday, July 7, at the Crosslake Community Center with the 10K starting at 8:15 a.m., the 5K at 8:30 a.m. and the Kids Sunfish Dash for children up to age 10 at 9:45 a.m.
Online registration is available at https://www.zapevent.com/reg/event/15413 or by following the course at WAPOA.org. Race day registration will be open until 8:15 a.m. Cost is $35. The Kids Sunfish Dash is $7.