Jul. 1—Family friendly events are held in several area communities on the Fourth of July, with food, parades, music and fireworks intertwined with patriotic celebrations of Independence Day.
Here's a look at some of the celebrations across the region:
Maynard's Fourth of July activities will kick off with the parade at 11 a.m.
After the parade, there will be a pork feed in the park and entertainment by Custom Made. For the kids, there are inflatables and the pedal tractor pull.
Fireworks will go off at dusk.
The event is sponsored by the Maynard Lions Club.
The Fourth of July celebration in Prinsburg will be on July 3.
This event begins with the Freedom Fun Run at 8 a.m., which has a 2.5-mile running route and 1.5-mile walking route. It also includes Adam's Race for children from preschool through eighth grade. The distance for that race is based on a child's age. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. in front of Central Minnesota Christian School.
Event sponsors make a donation to Central Minnesota Christian School for each person who finishes the walk or run.
There will be a freewill donation pork dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school.
There will be inflatables including water inflatables from noon to 4 p.m., so bring a swimsuit and towel. There will be town softball from 2 to 5 p.m.
The parade is at 6 p.m. followed by spikeball and bean bag tournament starting at 7 p.m.
The ice cream social and entertainment will be at 8:30 p.m. The day will finish with fireworks at 10 p.m.
All proceeds for the day support CMCS and more information is available on its website, cmcschool.org.
Located on beautiful Green Lake, the city of Spicer draws thousands of people seeking sun and fun during the July 4th holiday.
Several businesses sponsor music and other contests starting on Thursday, July 1, and the citywide celebration kicks off with the opening of the annual Briggs Motley Arts & Crafts Show. It runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 2-4.
Friday will feature several events for kids. The kids pedal pull will be from 4 to 6 p.m. by Baker Printing. Face painting and a bounce house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on the west side of Highway 23. The kiddie parade will begin at 6:30 p.m., starting and ending at Green Lake Diamonds.
The flea market and store sale will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bell Tower Antiques.
A boat parade on Green Lake begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. Those interested in participating are asked to line up at 9:30 a.m. at the old Spicer Castle location. The Danny Boy from Green Lake Cruises will lead the parade around the lake.
A sand volleyball tournament, softball tournament and the Hoops by the Lake 3 on 3 basketball tournament will be all day on Saturday.
Afternoon music includes Sam Kuusisto from noon to 4 p.m. at Zorbaz and Danny and Jason from 3 to 6 p.m. at O'Neils.
The street dance featuring the Fabulous Armadillos will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday by Pirrotta Park in downtown. It is billed as "family friendly" and tickets are $10 at the gate and ages 12 and under are admitted free.
The Fourth of July kicks off at 7 a.m. with a Lions pancake breakfast at Pirotta Park and 8 a.m. church on the beach. The Grand Parade begins at 10 a.m., and fireworks are at dusk over Green Lake.
The annual Green Lake Road Race starts from Saulsbury Beach the morning of July 5. The event brings runners from around the state and has many divisions. To register go to signmeup.com/reg/form/124193/registration.
Check www.spicermn.com for additional information about Fourth of July activities.
Area lake associations will celebrate Independence Day with boat parades on Saturday.
The Games Lake boat parade will gather at 12:30 p.m. July 3, near the channel and head west around Games Lake. Lyle Belling will lead the decorated boats in his pontoon. The lake is west of New London.
The Norway Lake boat parade will begin at 2 p.m. at the access on Norway Lake. Del Jensen will lead the parade around Norway and Little Norway in a green pontoon. The lakes are west of New London.
The Koronis Lake boat parade begins at 2 p.m. July 3. Boats are to line up beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Koronis Ministries. The Koronis Lake Association sponsors a fireworks show at dusk The lake is just south of Paynesville.
The Rice Lake boat parade will begin at 2 p.m. July 3. The decorated boats are to begin lining up at 1:30 by Fisher's Resort. The lake is between Eden Valley and Paynesville.