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Fourth fun awaits

Fireworks during 2016 Fourth of July Celebration. (Echo Press file photo)

Get your patriot on—Independence Day is right around the corner! Douglas County will celebrate the Declaration of Independence from the British with five days of parades, music and fireworks. Whether you sing along with patriotic tunes at the courthouse in Alexandria or ooh and aah over fireworks at Lake Darling, the next few days offer a range of opportunities to enjoy being an American.


Friday, June 30

10:30 a.m.-3 p.m: Free tours at Evansville Historical Foundation

7 p.m: Grammy-nominee Ralph Covert will perform at Evansville Art Center. Free.

Saturday, July 1

7 a.m: All Town Garage Sales. Contact Diana: or (320) 766-8176 to be added to the list.

8 a.m-1 p.m: Bake sale, BBQ and hot dogs at Faith Lutheran Church

9 a.m: Free 5K Color Run/Walk (open to all ages). Registration at 8:30 a.m. at It Figures Fitness and Tanning.

1-3 p.m: Free tours at Evansville Historical Foundation

5 p.m: American Legion Dinner, hot dogs and BBQ, Evansville Community Center

7 p.m: American Legion family bingo, Evansville Senior Center. All Ages Welcome!

9 p.m: Street dance music by Rhyme or Reason at Backroads SteakHouse.

Sunday, July 2

10:30 a.m: Community church service, Calvary Covenant Church

11:30 a.m-1 p.m: Jeff Hoffman Benefit Lunch at Calvary Covenant Church, free-will offering.

Noon: Parade registration at Faith Lutheran Church parking lot. All units must be parked by 1:15 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged; contact Diana at or (320) 766-8176

2 p.m: Evansville Lions Grand Parade, Grand Marshals Chuck and Sue Steffenson

3 p.m: Bean Bag Tournament. Contact Kent Huisman at (320) 760-7706

3-6 p.m: Park events and food vendors. Bounce units, petting zoo, carnival events.

3 pm: Register for Kids Tractor Pulling Contest at school parking lot.

5 pm: Kids bike drawing. Must be present to win.

5-7 pm: Silent auction in the school gym

5-8 pm: Pork Chop Feed Douglas Co. Pork Producers, gym lobby

5:30-7:30 pm: Blonde and The Bo Hunk Band, school parking lot

7:30 pm: Softball fire department blow-out game at Evansville Ball Field

8:30 pm: Free watermelon feed, gym parking lot

8:30 pm: Evansville button drawing. Do not need be present to win.

Dusk: Fireworks Spectacular after softball game

Concerts and Programs

Tuesday, July 4

Elim Lutheran Celebration. Tim Tingelstad will be the guest speaker during the 10:30 a.m. program. He and his wife, Annette, live in Bemidji where Tim has served as a public and private attorney, administrative law judge and magistrate for Minnesota's Ninth Judicial District. After the program, the church will serve a potluck dinner at noon, followed by old-fashioned games and activities for all ages. There will also be pie and ice cream. Everyone is welcome to attend. People are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

Red Willow Arts Coalition. A special night of patriotic music and sing-alongs will take place on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn at 7 p.m. to pay tribute to all veterans. The concert is sponsored by the Douglas County Sheriff's Federation and Runestone Electric Association Operation Roundup.


Evansville. Fireworks display is Sunday, July 2 at dusk.

Star Storm. This fireworks display choreographed to music will start after sundown at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center on Tuesday, July 4. It will be broadcast on 92.3 FM and shuttles will run from Arrowwood Stables starting at 7 p.m. The fireworks will shoot over Lake Darling.

Osakis. More community fun is in store in Osakis on Tuesday, July 4 when the annual fireworks display takes place at the Osakis Country Club at dusk. The money for the fireworks was supported through free-will donations collected during Osakis Clean-Up Day.

Boat Parades

Saturday, July 1

Lake Miltona. Starts at noon at the sandbar on the south side of the lake, the outlet to Lake Ida. The route depends on wind direction. Parade registration is one hour before start time at the Sandy Beach north boat ramp. Winners' names will be displayed on a plaque at LJ's Restaurant in Miltona. For more information, contact Randy Hansen at (218) 943-1204

Sunday, July 2

Lake Osakis. The 10th annual Ferret Drive Floaters Pontoon/Boat Parade will start

at 1 p.m., depending on weather. The parade will once again start on the north end of the lake by Baugh's Creek. Participants are encouraged to fall in line behind the pontoon with the "Ferret Drive" sign. Organizers ask that no water balloons get fired at the shore unless the boaters are fired upon first. A traveling trophy will go to the best decorated watercraft after the parade at 14278 Ferret Drive. The best places for viewing the boat parade are along the shore at the Head of the Lakes Resort, any of the other resorts on the north end, or from the Battle Point fishing pier.

Tuesday, July 4

Chain of Lakes. Starts at 10 a.m. at the Carlos-Darling bridge and continues around Lake Carlos. Judging takes place midway, on the south end of Lake Carlos near Steve and Teresa Herzog's place. For more information, call (320) 304-3813.

Lake Ida. Starts at 10 a.m. on the south end of the lake from Pilgrim Point.

Big Chippewa Lake. The 30th annual parade will start at 2 p.m. on the southeast side of the lake in front of Ramsdell's Beach.