The Fourth of July 2020 is Here!

Fireworks explode over the Whitefish Chain during the Crosslake fireworks display. This year's show is Saturday, July 4. Photo by Kate Perkins

Nope, the Fourth of July is not cancelled! Around the Whitefish Chain, communities are gearing up for a fun and safe holiday celebration surrounded by beautiful wilderness and chock-full of fantastic activities.

Fireworks: 

There are two main fireworks shows to catch over the weekend of the fourth. Pequot Lakes will have their show on Friday, July 3 at 10:10 p.m. over the practice field at Pequot Lakes High School- but you can see the fireworks from just about anywhere in town. Before the fireworks, enjoy concessions and games in Trailside Park starting at around 6 p.m.

Crosslake continues the tradition of shooting off fireworks over Cross Lake on July 4, also at around 10 p.m., from a barge near Sand Island. They, too, are visible from many places around the lake and around town. Tune in to 101.5FM to hear patriotic music simulcast to the fireworks.

Music: 

Live music will be taking place all around the Whitefish Chain. In Crosslake the 2020 summer music series will continue on July 4 in Town Square with Patchouli and Terra Guitarra, a nuevo-flamenco group. Music starts at 6 p.m.

In Pequot Lakes, Band in the Park will feature Rockin' Bakken's Sinatra Tribute from 3-5 p.m. on July 4. Nearly all day July 4 in Pequot Lakes will have a vendor and craft fair as well as a beer garden sponsored by the American Legion on Main Street.

Check in with local establishments for more local live music.

Runs: 

This year, Grandpa's Run for the Walleye is taking place virtually and can be done anywhere in the world! (There is a recommended course for those who wish to, in a way, keep with tradition.) Originally started as a way to maintain fish habitat on the Whitefish Chain, this year's proceeds benefit local food shelves.

The Nisswa Firecracker Run will once again take place on July 4, but will have some adaptations due to coronavirus. The run will take place with starts of no more than 25 people every 15 minutes throughout the day. You'll still earn your beer voucher (available to go!) as well as the free crawfish boil (also to go!).

More!:

There's so much more to enjoy. Crosslake will have its craft and flea market on July 3 on County Road 103 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In Pine River, duck races are happening as they do every Friday in the summer! On July 3 registration will begin at 1:45 p.m. for the opening heat at 2:00. Registration is by the dam in Pine River. While you're in town, check out Pine River Market Square, the local farmer's market, just three blocks east of Highway 371. The market runs from 2:30-5:30 p.m. and everything is locally produced within 60 miles of Pine River.

And let's not forget about all the activities that you and your family can enjoy while being safe and socially distancing- get out on the lake (by kayak, SUP, motorboat or whatever floats your boat!), tube the river, go fishing, swim in the lakes, hit up walking trails, or just relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.

Things may look different this year- you may have noticed that there will be no parades- but nonetheless this will be a fantastic holiday for the whole family. Happy Independence Day from the Whitefish Chain!

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