Celebrating the Fourth of July in Spicer
SPICER — A sunny, summer day with a cooling breeze from Green Lake provided the setting as Spicer's population grew nearly tenfold Tuesday as people gathered to celebrate the Fourth of July.
It's estimated as many as 10,000 people celebrate the nation's birthday in Spicer, and by all accounts the biggest draw is the annual parade.
This year's parade didn't disappoint, as large crowds lined Lake Avenue mid-morning for the chance to see the pageantry and catch the candy and goodies tossed from float.
Afterward there was opportunity to picnic or swim at Saulsbury Beach, visit the annual craft show and flea market, and more before sunny skies gave way to scattered evening thunderstorms across the region.
The community of Spicer has celebrated the Fourth of July since 1887, and there are records of the parade dating to 1904.