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Fourth of July back in Brainerd

Brainerd’s Fourth of July parade and festivities are expected to be back in Brainerd.

The Brainerd City Council heard from Nancy Cross, Community Action executive director, Monday. Cross said a list of events are coming together and the parade route will again be on East River Road. The plans are to have the fireworks at the high school athletic field along East River Road. Cross did note the field was flooded last year so if that were to happen this summer there could be complications. Cross told the council moving the parade to Baxter last year with the College Drive construction project going on proved it can move if needed. Last year’s parade functioned through blazing heat and ended with tornado sirens in the middle of the fireworks.

Cross said moving the parade last year was never an intent of moving the parade elsewhere permanently. Cross said having the ability to walk between events from the parade to the fireworks and entertainment was important.

Mayor James Wallin said he took a lot of grief himself with the vote to move the Fourth of July to Baxter, but said it is a Brainerd celebration and a celebration of the communities.

The council approved $8,000 for Community Action from the special projects fund for the Fourth of July. Baxter also funds the Fourth of July event with the same amount. Brainerd also supported spending $500 from the recycling dollars for waste removal.

Cross said the funding from the two cities goes toward the fireworks display.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or Follow on Twitter at

Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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