The Brainerd fireworks are a go and will be around 10 p.m. Saturday, July 4. Brainerd Community Action will be launching fireworks from a slightly different location. With the extensive construction at the Brainerd High School and the limitations on large gatherings, watching the fireworks from the high school hill and the lower site will not be available. For those who have watched the fireworks from another location other than the high school, viewing should be no problem.

Illustration by Metro Newspaper Service
Illustration by Metro Newspaper Service

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The Pequot Lakes Chamber’s Stars & Stripes Days will not include a parade this year, but will feature food vendors, Water Wars, fireworks, craft fair, beer garden and a live band. Following is the schedule of events as the chamber encourages visitors to don festive patriotic attire while supporting local businesses and enjoying downtown Pequot Lakes.

Friday, July 3

  • 6 p.m.: Food vendors, including fresh squeezed lemonade, mini doughnuts, french fries, cheese curds, corn dogs, kettle corn, cotton candy and hot dogs.

  • Water Wars: Cool down with socially distant water balloon launchers.

  • 10:10 p.m.: Fireworks by Flashing Thunder at the Pequot Lakes High School practice field.

Saturday, July 4

  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Craft fair and food vendors along Main Street in downtown Pequot Lakes.

  • 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.: Beer garden sponsored by the Pequot Lakes American Legion Post No. 49, on Main Street.

  • 3- 5 p.m.: Bands in the Park featuring Rockin' Bakken, a Sinatra tribute, at the bandshell in Trailside Park, sponsored by the city of Pequot Lakes.


The 50th annual Celebrate Crosslake fireworks show will take place at 10 p.m. Saturday, July 4, on the waters of Cross Lake. Fireworks will be launched from Sand Island on the south end of the lake.

Skeeter 101.5 will play a montage of patriotic music simulcast precisely for the show.

Other events include:

Friday, July 3: Crosslake's Original Flea Market, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the intersection of county roads 3 and 103.

Saturday, July 4: Music in the Park featuring Patchouli & Terra Guitarra (Neuvo-Flamenco) from 6-8 p.m. in Crosslake Town Square, sponsored by the Crosslake Ideal Lions.

July 4-12: Grandpa's Virtual Run for the Walleye

Established in memory of Grandpa Boots Buthman, Grandpa's Run for the Walleye is a communitywide effort sponsored by the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association to restore and maintain fish habitat in the Whitefish Chain. This year’s proceeds will go to area food shelves.

The 23nd annual Run for the Walleye is a virtual run, where participants run/walk a 5K on their own or with a friend (making sure to follow social distancing guidelines). Entrants are encouraged to run/walk the traditional 5K course if they are in Crosslake during the July 4-12 time period. However, it can be run anywhere in the world.

A map of the Crosslake 5K course is available on the registration website. The start and finish lines are at the Crosslake Community Center and the course will be marked with arrows on the pavement.

Families are encouraged to include their children in the 5K event; if they register, they will also earn a shirt. As it is a family event, strollers and dogs are welcome.

Entrants will keep track of their time and ensure they run/walk at least a 5K (3.1 miles). When finished, entrants are encouraged to submit their times via the registration website. Results will be available via a link on the registration website.

Visit Cost to register is $25 and all registrants receive a performance T-shirt.


Nisswa Freedom Days will not feature the annual parade because of social gathering guidelines.

However, chamber members are encouraged to host “independent” Freedom Days activities and shopping opportunities for the Fourth of July weekend.

July 4: Firecracker Run

The annual Nisswa Firecracker Run 5K and 10K will take place with modifications to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines, including no chip timing or Free Kidz Run, and the complimentary beer and crawfish boil will be on a to-go basis.

There will be no mass start and no set race course. Instead, registrants will be sent in waves of 25 people each every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 4, starting in the field behind the Dairy Queen and Cenex gas station in Nisswa. The finish line will be at the Nisswa Community Center.

Runners and walkers must follow pedestrian law if following the 2019 courses. There will be course markings and mile markers where allowed. There will be no water stations or course marshals.

The July 4 run capped at 1,000 runners. Others can run the race virtually.

The Nisswa Firecracker Run is a beneficiary to Bridges of Hope Minnesota.

Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge

The Bay Lake fireworks will be at dusk July 4. To comply with the state’s restrictions on large gatherings, the public isn’t permitted on the grounds at Ruttger’s to watch the show. Fireworks will take place at an undisclosed location (mid-lake), not from the Ruttger’s shoreline. Those interested can watch the show from vehicles throughout the north end of Bay Lake.

Happy Fourth of July. Illustration by Metro Newspaper Service
Happy Fourth of July. Illustration by Metro Newspaper Service