Independence Day is always a time of celebration, but in the Whitefish Chain of Lakes region, it means even more. Between great community celebrations, and toasting smores over a campfire while watching fabulous fireworks over the lake, the 4th at the lake just can't be beat.
Here are the highlights of the holiday festivities:
Saturday, July 2
Crosslake is the place to be. Start the day participating (or cheering on others) at the Grandpa’s Run for the Walleye. This annual event raises money to help restore the walleye population on area lakes. Races start at 8:30 a.m. at the Crosslake Community Center.
Or, if you'd rather shop, hit the famous Crosslake Craft & Flea Market on the corner of Cty Rds 3 & 103, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This unique attraction only sets up 3 times a year, so it's worth the trip.
Be sure to stay around town for the Outdoor Music in the Park at Crosslake Town Square. The performer this week is Shane Martin and he'll start at 7 p.m. Don't forget to bring a blanket or your lawn chair.
The best way to end a busy day in Crosslake is by enjoying the fireworks at dusk. Crosslake is one of the few communities in Minnesota that shoots fireworks from the middle of a lake — Sand Island on Cross Lake to be exact!
Sunday, July 3 & Monday, July 4
The community of Pequot Lakes "owns" this holiday with it's annual Stars and Stripes Days. It's 2-days full of fun for the entire family. Most activities take place in Trailside park in downtown Pequot Lakes.
On Sunday, kids will enjoy the bungee trampoline and kids climb, adults and kids alike can experience a wide variety of food vendors, a beer garden and great music from local teenage band SOLO. Then, stick around for fireworks at dusk over the high school football field.
On Monday, July 4, the downtown celebration really kicks into gear. Start the day at the Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast at City Hall. Enjoy pancakes, sausage and more from 7 – 11 a.m. Then, head out for a city wide craft fair, flea market and more food from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Trailside Park.
Kids will enjoy many free activities, like the "Money in the Haystack" game and the Golden Bobber Hunt — both starting at 10 a.m. at Trailside Park.
But the star of this town's weekend festivities are the parades. The Kiddie Parade starts at 11 a.m. (register in Band Shell area by 10:30a) and the main parade starts at noon. (download parade route map) Parking in town is a premium, so park at Eagle View Elementary and ride the shuttle into town, or look for parking at the high school.