Fourth of July festivities are well underway in area communities. Following is a list of area events:


Freedom Days Celebration & Parade

Wednesday, July 3

• Noon-4 p.m.: Kevin Matthews Paint Your Own Pottery, in the gazebo by the chamber building.

• Noon-6 p.m.: Water Wars in the turtle race track parking lot next to the chamber building.

• 1-2 p.m.: Turtle race registration.

• 2 p.m.: Turtle races.

• 4-7 p.m.: The Spirit of Jesse Brady on the outdoor stage at the Pickle Factory.

• 7 p.m.: Freedom Days Parade.

• After the parade: Live music featuring the EXPRESS Band on the outdoor stage at the Pickle Factory and Blue Eyes Karaoke at the Nisswa American Legion.

Saturday, July 6

• 8 a.m.: Nisswa Firecracker Run, downtown Nisswa.

Pequot Lakes

Stars & Stripes Days

Wednesday, July 3

• 5 p.m.: Food vendors.

• 5-8 p.m.: Bungee Trampoline, Kids Climb, Barrel Train and Bouncy House at Trailside Park South.

• 6-10 p.m.: Beer garden sponsored by Community Action of Pequot Lakes.

• 6 p.m.: Bean bag toss tournament ($10 per two-player team).

• 7 p.m.: Band performance by LOLAH at Trailside Park.

• 10:10 p.m.: Fireworks. Recommended viewing locations are Trailside Park, Pequot Lakes High School varsity baseball field, Pequot Lake Middle School parking lot and TDS Telecom parking lot. Listen to B93.3 on the radio for fireworks sponsors and patriotic music.

Thursday, July 4

• 7-11 a.m.: Firefighters' pancake breakfast at the fire hall.

• 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Craft fair and food vendors at Trailside Park South.

• 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Water Wars, Bungee Trampoline, Kids Climb and Bouncy House at Trailside Park South.

• 10 a.m.: Money in the Haystack and Golden Bobber Hunt at Trailside Park North.

• 10:30 a.m.: Kiddie Parade at Trailside Park North.

• 10:30 a.m.: Bed Races with the starting line on Government Drive and Main Street.

• 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Beer garden sponsored by Pequot Lakes American Legion Post 49.

• Noon: Stars & Stripes Parade featuring a new parade route. The parade will start behind Pequot Lakes High School, traveling north on South Oak Street behind the school, east on Brown Street next to the city cemetery, north on Front Street past businesses, east on West Sibley Street across Patriot Avenue, south on Government Drive past businesses and west on Woodman Street back to the school.

Main Street from the stoplight to Rasmussen Road will be closed to traffic from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking will be available along the shoulders of Patriot Avenue.

Buy a Bobber Bracelet for $5 from retailers in town or at the chamber building and proceeds will go to support the Pequot Lakes fireworks show. Wear a bracelet for deals and discounts at local businesses through July 17.

Fairfield Township

Thursday, July 4

9 a.m.: Reading of the Declaration of Independence at Fairfield Town Hall, which is approximately 15 miles north of Crosby or 5 miles south of Emily on Highway 6, just north of the intersection of State Highway 6 and County Road 36. There will also be a short program of patriotic readings and music with light refreshments.


The American Celebration

Thursday, July 4

4 p.m.: Parade, Brainerd. Grand marshal is Lisa Jordan, Crossing Arts Alliance.

5:30 p.m.: Bill "The King" Musel.

6:30 p.m.: Def Leggend, a Def Leppard tribute band, Don Adamson Sports Complex, Brainerd High School. Free admission.

10 p.m.: Peyton McConkey, senior at Brainerd High School from the A Cappella Choir, performs the national anthem.

10:15 p.m.: Fireworks, Don Adamson Sports Complex, Brainerd High School.


Celebrate America-Crosslake

Saturday, July 6

• 8 a.m.: Grandpa's Run for the Walleye, Crosslake Community Center.

• 1-4 p.m.: Celebrate America Fireworks Party Barge on the Whitefish Chain. Pull up and meet B93.3 radio personality Wild Bill Satre and make a donation to the fireworks display.

• Dusk (around 10 p.m.): Fireworks will be launched from barges anchored near Sand Island on the south end of the lake. View the fireworks from the water and shores of Cross Lake. Tune into B93.3 on the radio to hear patriotic music simulcast to the fireworks.