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July 4th Schedules of Events around Park Rapids

Boats lined up for the first turn on Little Sand Lake Friday morning. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Happy 4th! Most of the boat parades are under way or over, the Firecracker 5K Run ended successfully.

Here's your schedule for the rest of the day!


     Celebrate Independence Day by participating in one of many fun-filled events this weekend in Park Rapids.

     Beagle Books will host the 8th annual pie baking contest and auction this 4th of July.

     All proceeds will be donated to the Park Rapids Area Library. Get the family downtown on Main at 3:30 p.m. for the annual pie baking contest auction.

     For more information contact Jennifer at Beagle Books at 237-2665.

     The parade’s theme this year is “A Hometown Celebration.”

     The parade will march at 5 p.m. with the line-up beginning at 3 p.m. on Monico Lane. The procession will head south on Main to 5th Street (Bearly Used), turning west to Heritage Living Center, where it will disperse.

     The parade begins with a military line-up, the American Legion Post 212 Color Guard, Marine Corps League, American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans with Boy Scouts assisting.

     This year’s parade grand marshals are PFC Lloyd A. Stigman, CPL Algene (Dude) Bomstad and a Chief Warrant Officer 3 Arthur Burns.

     Celebrate your patriotism and love of music all at once as the Park Rapids Area Community Band performs a pre-fireworks concert, starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 4 in Heartland Park. The event has moved from Red Bridge Park due to construction.

     You won’t want to miss a note from the piccolo to the big bass drum. Dr. Russell Pesola conducts the band in a concert of patriotic music and marches that sets the stage for the Independence Day celebration’s grand finale.

     The day comes to a close with a fireworks display overlooking Fish Hook River and Heartland Park. Beginning at about 9 p.m.

     Because the pyrotechnics are set off in Heartland Park, some parts of the park will be closed for safety reasons. There is still plenty of seating, plus space in Red Bridge Park or in a boat on the Fish Hook River.

     The show, sponsored by the Park Rapids Rotary Club, will begin shortly after dusk.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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