Fourth of July Fun!


If you're looking for things to do over your Fourth of July on the Whitefish Chain, you've got options. Non-stop fun awaits you not just on Independence Day itself, but on the days surrounding it as well!


Both Pequot Lakes and Nisswa plan parades for the Fourth of July.  At these parades you'll see the local marching band, floats from local businesses, tons of fire trucks, and of course lots of candy!

The Nisswa Freedom Days Parade is like Fourth of July Eve. After a day of fun festivities the parade starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 3. The parade goes right down Main Street.

Pequot Lakes' Stars and Stripes Days Parade is on the big day, Wednesday, July 4, starting at noon. The route will start at the school and go down Woodman Street, turn north onto Second Street and Front Street, then cross over the old Hwy 371 (now Patriot Avenue) on Sibley to get to Government Drive. It will then go east on Main Street, south on Rasmussen Road and take Woodman back to the school. Find a map of the parade here.


It wouldn't be the Fourth of July without a fireworks show... or several! Catch great  fireworks at several locations this holiday.

Pequot Lakes: Fireworks will be shot off Tuesday, July 3 at dusk from behind Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Recommended viewing areas include Trailside Park, the Pequot Lakes High School varsity baseball field, the Pequot Lakes Middle School parking lot and the TDS parking lot.

Crosslake: Crosslake's fireworks, shot off from a barge on Cross Lake near Sand Island, will be held Saturday, July 7 at dusk. Tune into 93.3 FM to hear music choreographed to the show!

Nisswa: Fireworks will be shot off from The Pines golf course at Grand View Lodge on Monday, July 2, at dusk.

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 7 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 9:45. Sign up for the run here.  Results are chip timed.

The Firecracker Run in Nisswa will also take place on July 7 beginning at 7 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.

General Festivities

We've barely scratched the surface of all the fun there is to be had over the Fourth. There's a full range of events in both Pequot Lakes and Nisswa, and there are all sorts of events around the area.

  • 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 more!
  • Nisswa's Freedom Days events are listed here. Events include turtle races, a baseball game, and live music.
  • 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.

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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