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Fourth of July regional happenings

The Firecracker Foot Race attracts hundreds of runners. (Vance Carlson / Enterprise)

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

Firecracker Foot Race

The 36th annual Firecracker Foot Race starts at 9 a.m. Friday, July 4.

It’s best to register online at The race is capped at 800 people.

If the race isn’t filled online, there will be onsite registration from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 3 at Heartland Park and at 6:30 a.m. Friday, 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. Refreshments and rewards will be available following the 5K.

Residents in the East River Drive neighborhood should plan accordingly as 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 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.

4th of July parade

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.

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. Friday, 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.