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

Firecracker Foot Race

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The 35th annual Firecracker Foot Race starts at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 4.

Onsite registration is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. today (Wednesday), July 3 at Heartland Park and at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, July 4. The race fee jumps to $35 the morning of the race.

The event is a 5k run/walk only this year.

Pickle Events will be timing this year. Refreshments and rewards will be available following the 5K. A free kids’ race will take place at the finish of 5K event.

Residents in the East River Drive neighborhood should plan accordingly as approximately 700 racers will make their way through the neighborhood between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. If possible, limit vehicle traffic in the area during this time.

The event is a fundraiser for the Park Rapids Area High School boys and girls cross-country and track teams.

Pie auction

Beagle Books will host the 7th annual pie baking contest and auction this 4th of July.

All proceeds will be donated to the Park Rapids Area Library.

Pie judging begins at noon at Beagle Books on the 4th. Entry fee is $5 per pie.

Vie for the chance to be the Pie Champ and win prizes.

Pie categories include double crust, single crust,

custard or cream or juvenile (any pie created by an 8-12-year-old).

Pie auction will begin on the Second Street stage following the parade.

4th of July parade

The parade’s theme this year is “We the People,” honoring the firefighters and first responders who fought the Green Valley Fire and all firefighters and first responders who risk their lives to save others.

The emcee this year is David W. Konshok and Annette Haas will sing the National Anthem.

The parade will march at 3 p.m. (two hours earlier than past years) with the line-up beginning at 1 p.m. on Monico Lane. The procession will head south on Main to 5th Avenue (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 CPL Ernest Malmskog and Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class Harriet Malmskog.

Downtown fun

Second Street Stage will feature the band “i like you” from 5-7 p.m. in downtown Park Rapids.

At 7:30 p.m. the Park Rapids Area Community Band will perform a concert in Red Bridge Park, followed by “a spectacular” Rotary fireworks display at dusk, made possible through donations from citizens and businesses.

Pre-fireworks fun

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. Monday, July 4 in Red Bridge Park.

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.

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.

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