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Celebrate 4th of July in west central Minnesota

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Celebrate July 4

Patriotism, parades and picnics all come together during community Fourth of July celebrations in west central Minnesota. Capped off with fireworks displays, family-friendly events are held throughout the region over the Fourth, with each community providing their own special touch of tradition to create lasting memories.

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Maynard

The celebration, which began on Saturday with the medallion hunt, continues through today in Maynard.

The Firemen’s Dance begins at 9 p.m. today behind Moldy’s.

July 4th activities begin with a Kiddie Parade at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by the grand parade at 11 a.m.

The day will continue at the Lions Park just south of Maynard. Big blowup games will be available in the park for kids of all ages to enjoy. A BBQ meal will be served, beginning at noon, with homemade pie and ice cream, sundaes and root beer floats also on the menu.

At 1:30 p.m. there will be entertainment by magician Jerry Frasier, followed by the queen’s program at 2:30 p.m. The kiddie tractor pull will be at 3 p.m. Drawings for raffle prizes begins at 4 p.m.

The Boy Scouts Food Stand will open after the drawings and continue to serve until the fireworks display at dusk.

The events are coordinated by the Maynard Lions Club.

Madison

As part of the city’s annual Summerfest celebration, a parade will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Madison, with fireworks at dusk; www.madisonmn.info

Paynesville

The July 4 events begin at noon Thursday with a boat parade on Rice Lake. Decorated boats will line up at Green Acres Resort.

Another boat parade will be held at 1 p.m. on July 6 on Lake Koronis.

Fireworks will be held at dusk on July 6. They’ll be set off from First Island on Lake Koronis.

Prinsburg

Prinsburg’s annual Fourth of July celebrations begins at 6 p.m. today, with a baseball game at the City Ball Field with Prinsburg’s Legion team, the Orioles. After the game, move on over to Unity Christian Reformed Church for an ice cream social, then settle yourselves into a chair and enjoy the fireworks display at 10 p.m. choreographed to music. The launch site is north of Unity Christian Reformed Church. Bring your family and your lawn chairs for a great patriotic celebration.

On Thursday, the July 4 events begin at 8 a.m. with the 2½-mile Freedom Fun Walk/Run and Adam’s Race (pre-K-6th grade). Get your morning off to a great start and register for the race at 7:15 a.m. outside of the elementary gym. Refreshments will be served at the end of the race. A monetary donation will be made to Central Minnesota Christian School for each person who finishes.

The day continues with a thanksgiving and praise worship service at 10 a.m. at First Christian Reformed Church, followed by a pork roast dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CMCS grade-school gym. A freewill donation will be accepted for the meal.

A silent auction will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 pm in the grade school building, and from noon to 4 p.m. you can enjoy the afternoon with inflatable games, rock wall climbing and football and baseball toss games.

The concession stand opens at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m. kids can test their pedaling strength and endurance with the Pedal Tractor Pull. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m.

A bean bag tournament begins at 2 p.m. on the lawn south of the high school parking lot, trap shooting begins at 2:30 p.m. south of Unity Christian Reformed Church and horse rides take place from 3:30-5 p.m.

The kiddie parade and main parade begin at 6 p.m. The theme for this year’s parade is “Life in Minnesota.”

Following the parade, back by popular demand are bringing back the fireman’s games. Concessions will be available.

All proceeds for the day will support the mission of Central Minnesota Christian School.

Spicer

Located on beautiful Green Lake, the city of Spicer hosts an array of July 4th activities for the entire family.

The busy holiday begins this evening with the annual street dance featuring the ever-popular Johnny Holm Band in downtown Spicer. The dance begins at 9 p.m. A beer garden will also be open.

On Thursday, the July 4 events begin at 9 a.m. with the opening of the Briggs Motley Arts and Craft Show where everything from home décor, jewelry, toys, stained glass and quilts are for sale. Kids can enjoy a petting zoo and pony rides. The craft show, petting zoo and pony rides continue through July 6.

An antique flea market will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday on the south side of the Bell Tower Plaza.

The Grand Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. Thursday on Lake Avenue. Come early to find the perfect place to watch the parade.

The day ends with a spectacular fireworks show at 9 p.m. over Green Lake.

The festivities continue on Friday with a softball tournament running through Sunday at the Spicer Ball Diamonds. The games begin at 8 a.m. each day; to register a team for the tournament call 320-354-1406.

“Hoops by the Lake” 3-on-3 basketball games are held 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 6 on Saulsbury Beach.

The annual 12-mile Green Lake Road Race begins at 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 7, at Zorbaz on Saulsbury Beach. The event brings runners from around the state for a competitive run around Green Lake. To register go to www.glrr.zapevent.com

After the race, head over to the Spicer American Legion for a Belgian waffle feed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Other events, including a kiddie parade and pedal pull, will also be held. Check www.spicermn.com for specific dates and times.

Terrace

A family fun festival is set for Thursday, July 4, in Terrace. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Bring your own picnic to the historic Terrace Mill, located along the Chippewa River and the Keystone Arch Bridge. Coffee, lemonade and prizes will be provided. Old-fashioned games, like three-legged races, and other kid-friendly contests will be held, with races beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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