The Fourth is Finally Here!


Fireworks explode over the Whitefish Chain during the Crosslake fireworks display. This year's show is Saturday, July 6. Photo by Kate Perkins

If you're looking for things to do over your Fourth of July on the Whitefish Chain, you've got options. The big day is here, and non-stop fun awaits you not just on Independence Day itself, but on the weekend following as well.


It wouldn't be the Fourth of July without a fireworks show... or two!

Crosslake: Crosslake's fireworks, shot off from a barge on Cross Lake near Sand Island, will be held Saturday, July 6 at dusk. Tune into 93.3 FM to hear music choreographed to the show! Radio personality Wild Bill Satre will also be out on the Chain from 1-4 p.m. on the B93.3 party barge.

Brainerd: Fireworks will be on July 4 at dusk at Brainerd High School.

Fun Runs/5Ks

Grandpa's Run for the Walleye will be on Saturday, July 6 in Crosslake.  The races start at the Crosslake Community Center, with the 10k taking off at 8:15 a.m. and the 5k taking off at 8:30 a.m. The kids Sunfish Dash is at 9:30 just after the awards presentation. Online registration is closed, but race day registration is listed as from 7-8 a.m. July 6. Results are chip timed. Find more information here.

The Firecracker Run in Nisswa will also take place on July 6 beginning at 8 a.m. Events include a 5k, 10k and kids run. Sign up here. The event includes a free Pabst at the end (if you're of age), a crawfish boil and a slip-n-slide at the end! It's a laid back event that's fun for all. Choose whether or not you'd like to be chip timed. Kids who participate in the kids run will get a free personal pizza from Zorbaz.

General Festivities

We've barely scratched the surface of all the fun there is to be had over the Fourth.

  • See a full listing of the Pequot Lakes Stars and Stripes Days events here. Events include a Fireman's Pancake Breakfast, bed races, a craft fair, beer garden, food vendors, "money in the haystack" and the parade starting at noon!
  • Fairfield Township will host its annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 4. The reading will be at Fairfield Town Hall, located at the intersection of Hwy 6 and County Road 36, five miles south of Emily, MN.
  • Lower Hay Lake's property owners' association will host a boat parade at 4 p.m. Meet at the boat landing on Lower Hay with your boat all decked out to join in the fun! Or, spectate from shore and check out all the beautiful boats.

Find more information about local events compiled by our local newspaper, the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, here. No matter what events you pick, you and your family are bound to have fun this Independence day!

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