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Fourth of July celebrations slated: Regional communities host festivities

Tribune file photo Heather Larson of the "Groom Zone" leads her patriotic pet along the 2017 Spicer parade route. This year's parade steps off at 10 a.m. along Lake Avenue.1 / 7
Tribune file photo Representatives of the Little Crow Water Ski Team give a hint of the acrobatics the skiers are famous for as they make their way down the Spicer parade route during the 2017 Fourth of July parade. 2 / 7
Tribune file photo The Jennie-O Turkey Store turkey tosses flying discs to the throngs of people lining the parade route in Spicer during the 2017 parade. 3 / 7
Tribune file photo A Fourth of July basketball game at Saulsbury Park in Spicer was part of the 2017 Independence Day celebration for Joe Hurlburt, from left, Mitch Stephans, Riley Ashburn and Gus Hurlburt. This year's three-on-three “Hoops by the Lake” basketball tournament begins at 9 a.m. today.4 / 7
Tribune file photo Blue skies and warm temperatures made the Fourth of July the perfect day for play in the water at Saulsbury Beach in Spicer after the 2017 parade. 5 / 7
Tribune file photo Large crowds make their way through the Spicer craft fair during the 2017 Fourth of July celebration. 6 / 7
Tribune file photo Dennis Ordeck of Paynesville had the duties over the hot fire as family and friends gathered after the 2017 Fourth of July parade in Spicer for a picnic at Saulsbury Beach. 7 / 7

Family friendly events are held throughout the region on the Fourth of July, with food, parades, music, fireworks and baseball all intertwined with patriotic celebrations of Independence Day.

Following is a quick look at some of the celebrations across the region:


Located on beautiful Green Lake, the city of Spicer draws thousands of people seeking sun and fun during the Fourth of July holiday.

Events start with a three-on-three "Hoops by the Lake" basketball tournament at 9 a.m. today on Saulsbury Beach.

There will also be a boat parade beginning at 3 p.m. today on Green Lake.

The street dance today will feature "Matt Anderson" as the opening act at 7:30 p.m. followed "Lost Highway" until 12:30 a.m. The dance on the street by Pirrotta Park in downtown Spicer is for ages 21 and older and a full outdoor bar is available.

The annual 12-mile Green Lake Road Race around Green Lake begins at 7 a.m. Sunday from Saulsbury Beach. The event brings runners from around the state. To register go to

The Spicer American Legion will serve Dad's Belgian waffles from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday.

There will be pony rides and the Briggs Motley Arts and Crafts Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the corner of County Road 10 and State Highway 23.

The antique flea market will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday outside of Bell Tower.

The kid's pedal pull begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on Progress Circle, north of Baker Printing.

On July 4, the Lions pancake breakfast will be served from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at Pirrotta Park. The Grand Day parade begins at 10 a.m. on Lake Avenue. The day ends with a fireworks show at dusk over Green Lake.

The annual softball tournament will be July 7-8.

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The city of Madison celebrates with Summerfest Monday-Wednesday, organized by the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce. A parade begins at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, and fireworks will begin at dusk that night. Go to for more information.


The celebration in Prinsburg begins at dusk Tuesday with fireworks.

Wednesday, July 4, begins with the 8 a.m. Freedom Fun Run, which has a 2.5-mile running route and 1.5-mile walking route. It also includes Adam's Race for children preschool through eighth grade with the distance based on a child's age. There is no entry fee for runners/walkers. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. at the elementary school.

The rest of the day will include a variety of entertainment and patriotic celebrations in town and a parade at 6 p.m.

For more information about activities, go to


Maynard's Fourth of July activities include a kiddie parade at 10:30 a.m. and the Grand Day Parade at 11 a.m. Wednesday. After the parade, there's a picnic in the park and entertainment in the afternoon. Fireworks will go off at dusk. The event is sponsored by the Maynard Lions Club.


An old-fashioned Family Fun Day is set for Wednesday, July 4, in Terrace. Festivities begin at 5 p.m.

Bring a picnic to eat near the Keystone Arch Bridge on the grounds of the historic Terrace Mill, located along the Chippewa River 12 miles south of Glenwood on Highway 104.

Old-fashioned games and contests, like turtle races and egg-toss, begin at 6:30 p.m.