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Independence Day activities scheduled for region

Family friendly events are held throughout the region on the Fourth of July, with food, parades, music, fireworks and baseball all intertwined with patriotic reverence celebrating Independence Day for our great country. Following is a quick look ...

Tribune file photoHonored veterans of the Spicer American Legion ride on a pontoon in the 2016 Fourth of July parade in Spicer.
Tribune file photo Honored veterans of the Spicer American Legion ride on a pontoon in the 2016 Fourth of July parade in Spicer.

Family friendly events are held throughout the region on the Fourth of July, with food, parades, music, fireworks and baseball all intertwined with patriotic reverence celebrating Independence Day for our great country.

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

Maynard

Maynard's Fourth of July activities include a kiddie parade and Grand Day Parade on the Fourth. Afternoon festivities are followed by entertainment at Lions Park just south of town and fireworks at dusk. The events are coordinated by the Maynard Lions Club.

Paynesville

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Boat parades kick off the Fourth of July weekend on Saturday by Paynesville. The Rice Lake Association will have a boat parade. Decorated boats are asked to line up at Fisher's Resort starting at noon. The parade begins at 1 p.m.

The Lake Koronis boat parade will begin at 2 p.m. Boat lineup begins at 1:30 p.m. by Koronis Ministry. The Koronis Lake Association sponsors a fireworks show which will be at dusk Saturday.

Granite Falls

Prairie's Edge Casino Resort presents Family Fun beginning at 5 p.m. Monday at the casino south of Granite Falls. Free family fun including DJ, bounce houses, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting and balloons until 9 p.m. Food will be available outdoors for purchase. At 10 p.m. watch the fireworks display synchronized to music.

Prinsburg

The Fourth of July celebration in Prinsburg begins Monday evening with an ice cream social at 8:30 p.m. in the Unity Christian Reformed Church parking lot followed by a fireworks display at 10 p.m.

Tuesday starts with the 2.5-mile Freedom Fun Run or 1.5-mile walk at 8 a.m. The Adam's Race for preschoolers through 8th grade will be at 8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. outside the elementary school.

There will be a patriotic service at First Christian Reformed Church at 10 a.m. with Dr. Michael Pluimer speaking. Music will be by vocalists Heather Pluimer and Christina Vander Pol and organist Phil Erffmeyer.

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A pork dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the high school.

The inflatables, mini-golf and tiny tot games will be from noon to 4 p.m. by the high school.

The concession stand will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Kids can decorate their bike from noon to 3 p.m. The bean bag toss tournament begins at 1:30 p.m., geocaching for kids in grades 6 through 10 at 2 p.m., the pedal tractor pull for ages 4 through 11 at 2 p.m. and the trap shoot will be from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

The kiddie parade starts at 6 p.m. followed by the main parade.

There will be concessions and music following the parade.

Spicer

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

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

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The kids pedal pull is at 12:30 p.m. on Progress Way street. The Green Lake boat parade will pass by Saulsbury Beach around 4 p.m.

The annual street dance featuring the music of Lost Highway begins at 9 p.m. in downtown Spicer with a full outdoor bar available.

The softball tournament runs Saturday and Sunday.

The annual 12-mile Green Lake Road Race begins at 7 a.m. Sunday from 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 . Dad's Belgian waffles will be served from 8 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Sunday.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday there will be an antique flea market at Bell Tower and a petting zoo and the Briggs Motley Arts and Crafts Show at the intersection of County Road 10 and state Highway 23.

On Tuesday, the Lions will serve a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at Lions Park in downtown. The Grand Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Lake Avenue. The day ends with a fireworks show at dusk over Green Lake.

Check www.spicermn.com for additional events.

Terrace

An old-fashioned family fun picnic is set for 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, 10 miles south of Glenwood on Highway. Coffee and Lemonade will be provided.

There will be old fashioned games and contests beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own turtle for the turtle races.

Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at dmiddleton@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4341.
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