For me, the 4th of July brings to mind nostalgic memories of Lake Country; small town parades, pork on a stick, sunburned skin from too much lake time. The energy, excitement and pure bliss in this area, especially over the 4th of July is nothing short of contagious - once you experience “the 4th up north”, it’s just something you want to be a part of, over and over again. Even once we moved out of the area, year after year we would “head up north” or return home to celebrate the 4th of July - it’s where we always wanted to be. We love celebrating these childhood memories over and over and now we have the opportunity to pass these traditions on to our own little family.
Holiday events such as these are important to us on so many levels. They resonate with us so much because not only does it give our little communities the opportunity to unite and celebrate together but it also shows our out-of-town clients, vacationers, and guests why we all live here, why we are proud to call the Brainerd Lakes Area home and why we never want to leave. From -30 to 90 degrees and humid, this is home and we wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Most importantly, the 4th of July is our opportunity to slow down, to reflect on what we have in life, and to be thankful for our freedom and our independence as Americans. Living in Lake Country is nothing short of being free; free to roam the woods, free to enjoy the lakes, free take in nature’s beauty. We are blessed to live in God’s Country. Wherever you are this Independence Day, please take the time to appreciate what freedom means to you.
Celebrate the 4th in the North:
The Brainerd Lakes Area offers something for everyone - whether you’re looking to kick back at the lake or be in the heart of the celebratory action, we’ve got you covered. There are tons of things happening in all the surrounding Brainerd Lakes Communities, no matter where you call home!
TUESDAY JULY 2
Grand View Lodge’s Annual Party at the Pines
July 2 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Celebrate Independence Day with us for our Annual Party at the Pines Celebration July 2 from 5:30pm-10:00pm.
GVL Guests – Free | Public – $10
Kids (4 & Under) – Free
Music by SOLO Band and The District Band.
Food and Beverages | 5:30pm-9:45pm
Burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, beer garden, bar service available. Tickets for food and beverages available for purchase on-site only.
Fun & Games: 9 Square in the Air, gaga pit, bean bag toss, inflatable double slide, 143 ft obstacle course, leaps and bounds, face painting.
Fireworks begin at 10:15pm.
(Limited parking available at Grand View Lodge. No coolers or outside food will be allowed on the grounds.
Light Up The Sky Pre-4th of July Fireworks Cruise - Gull Lake
WEDNESDAY JULY 3
Nisswa Freedom Days
Wednesday July 3 12-8:30pm
Enjoy eats, treats, shopping & FUN all day in Downtown Nisswa
10 AM – 6 PM - Join us in the Nisswa Square Courtyard during Nisswa Freedom Days for face painting, live music & street chalk artist! (Hosted by Dock Panther)
Ukulili Live Music: 12pm - 2pm
PiKadilly Face Painting: 10am - 6pm
Fantasy Chalk Artist & Illustrator: 10am - 5pm
noon – 4pm: Kevin Matthews Paint Your Own Pottery (in the Gazebo)
noon – 6pm: Water Wars (in the Turtle Track Parking Lot)
1 pm – 2 pm: Turtle Race Registration
2 pm: Turtle Races!
7 pm: Parade!
4 pm – 7 pm: The Spirit of Jesse Brady - Pickle Factory (outdoor stage)
Live Music after the Parade:
The EXPRESS Band – Pickle Factory (outdoor stage)
Blue Eyes Karaoke – Nisswa American Legion
Pequot Lakes Stars & Stripes Days
Platinum Sponsor: Woods to Water
Jul 3 at 5 PM – Jul 4 at 1 PM
Fireworks, parades, entertainment! Come celebrate our Independence Day with all sorts of activities July 3 and 4 in Pequot Lakes. This two-day event is loaded with family-friendly events and activities!
July 3rd Schedule of Events
5:00 p.m. - Food Vendors
5:00-8:00 p.m. Bungee Trampoline, Kids Climb, Barrel Train, Bouncy House- Trailside Park South
6:00 - 10:00 p.m. - Beer Garden sponsored by Community Action of Pequot Lakes
6:00 p.m. Bean Bag Toss Tournament ($10 per Team / 2 players)
Single elimination tournament bracket play. Each player must throw from behind the front of the box. First team of 2 players to 21 or over, need to win by 2 points with cancelation scoring. Bags are allowed to bounce on the ground onto the board (walking the dog is approved). Boards will be placed 24 ft. apart. Each team is responsible for its own score. Teams playing for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th will be playing best out of three.
7:00 p.m. - Band performance by LOLAH
10:10 p.m. Fireworks by Flashing Thunder, patriotic music and local Sponsors on B93 (before and after the fireworks show)
THURSDAY JULY 4:
Pequot Lakes Stars & Stripes Days
Platinum Sponsor: Woods to Water
July 4th Schedule of Events
7 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Firemen's Pancake Breakfast- Fire Hall 4638 Main Street, Pequot Lakes
9 a.m.- 4 p.m. - Craft Fair, Food Vendors in Trailside Park South, between Government Drive and Patriot Ave.
11a.m.- 4p.m. Beer Garden sponsored by the Legion Post #49, 4435 Main Street, Pequot Lakes
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Water Wars, Bungee Trampoline, Kids Climb, Bouncy House- Trailside Park South
10:00 a.m. - Money in the Haystack and Golden Bobber Hunt, Trailside Park North
10:30am - Kiddie Parade, Trailside Park North, Registration begins at the Band Shelter
10:30am- Bed Races (5 per team) Registration begins at Main Street and Government Drive
Noon - Stars & Stripes Parade- starts (and ends) at Pequot Lakes High School, 30805 Olson Street, Pequot Lakes
Brainerd 4th of July Celebration:
Brainerd has celebrated the 4th of July in style for 50+ years, with a community festival that shouldn’t be missed. Come for all or part of it and you’ll surely find good food, family fun, and fantastic fireworks in Downtown Brainerd.
Events Schedule: Thursday, July 4
• Parade Emcee – Bill Satre from B93.3!
• Grand Marshal – Crossing Arts Alliance Lisa Jordan
• 4:00 PM
ELVIS IS BACK
• 5:30 PM
• 6:30 PM
• Sung by Peyton McConkey Senior at
• Brainerd High School from the A Cappella Choir
• 10:00 PM
• By Flashing Thunder and Zambelli Fireworks
• 10:15 PM
4th of July Parade, Downtown Brainerd, Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 4 pm—Thousands of people gather as spectators to enjoy the annual 4th of July Parade. The parade begins at 4 pm and starts near Kiwanis Park, travels north on East River Road to Laurel Street. Then heads East to South 5th Street. It continues to travel south, back to College Drive.
Fireworks, Don Adamson Field, Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 10:15pm— Flashing Thunder and Zambelli Fireworks: There’s only one thing America loves more than America itself: FIREWORKS! Many cities compete for the honor of having the best 4th of July fireworks in the USA, but we think that Brainerd’s are the best! Flashing Thunder Fireworks take the art of pyrotechnics to a whole new level by using the most state of the art electronic firing equipment. Be sure to tune in to B93.3 as these fireworks will be synchronized to music!
Crosby, MN: 4th of July Celebration 2019
Kiddie Parade Main Street, downtown Crosby starts @ 11AM from corner of 3rd Avenue
(Hwy 6) and Main Street
• Registration begins 10:15AM
• Contact Jodi Christopher 218.330.0849 (evenings only)
July 4th Parade starts at 11AM from Curtis Avenue and Hwy 210 in Ironton to Main Street and 1st Avenue NE in Crosby
• Registration is underway – form can be found on www.cityofcrosby.com (services/fire department)
Food Vendors, Live Music, Beer Garden and MORE! in Crosby Memorial Park on beautiful Serpent Lake
Boat Parade on north side of Serpent Lake
• Starting at 4:30 PM
Fire Works over Serpent Lake
• Starting at DUSK
Wyld Ryce at Dockside (Breezy Point Resort)
Wyld Ryce performs its set list 6pm -9pm on the deck, which includes covers of Huey Lewis, Fleetwood Mac and Bob Seger.
Birch Lake Association 4th of July Boat Parade (Hackensack)
FRIDAY JULY 5
2019 Gooseberry Island Chase Race
Pelican Lake Yacht Club
Second annual race around Gooseberry Island. Race is handicapped and a staggered start. Skippers meeting at Jones Bay public landing at 10:00 AM, first boat starts at 1:00 PM. Start times assigned at the end of skippers meeting. Please email John Curry at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
5th Annual PLYC "Festival" of Lights Boat Parade
Decorate your boat and gather on the North side of Lincoln Point at sunset for a boat parade around Lincoln Point and South side of Pelican Lake!
SATURDAY JULY 6
Nisswa Firecracker Run 8am-12pm
Downtown Nisswa: 10th Annual Nisswa Firecracker Run! (Limited to only 2500 participants, register now!) Loaded with fun, including a red, white and blue foam party, slip n slide finish line, huge crawfish boil, and beer. Choose the 10k or 5k, and we offer a free kids run.
Celebrate America on the Whitefish Chain
We're celebrating America - Crosslake style! Look for the Celebrate America Fireworks Party Barge on the Whitefish Chain Saturday, July 6 from 1 - 4 p.m. Pull up and meet B93.3 radio personality Wild Bill Satre, make a donation to the fireworks display and maybe he'll throw you a tchotchke!
Then sit back, relax, tune-in your radio and enjoy the fireworks show commencing at 10 p.m. for a fabulous display simulcast on B93.3 FM Radio.
Crosslake, MN: Celebrates America: 49th Annual Fireworks 2019
10:00pm – 10:30pm – FIREWORKS: 2019 marks the 49th year the community of Crosslake has been celebrating Americas’ freedom with a fantastic fireworks display. Join us on the water or from the shores of Cross Lake to view the display launched from Sand Island.
2019 Season Farmers Market
Sat, Jul 6 · Ideal Green Market Cooperative
Hope you all have a great holiday, be safe, have fun and get plenty of sunshine!
Cheers from our crew to yours!