From boat parades to fireworks, the Alexandria Lakes Area has plenty to offer this Fourth of July

Evansville will celebrate all weekend long with its annual Red, White and Boom event.

Fireworks during 2016 Fourth of July Celebration. (Echo Press file photo)
Fireworks during the annual Star Storm explode over Lake Darling.
Echo Press file photo

DOUGLAS COUNTY β€” The Fourth of July holiday is right around the corner and there is plenty to do in the Alexandria lakes area – boat parades, fireworks, a town celebration and more.

Here’s a look at just some of the events happening this Fourth of July holiday.


Alexandria: Starstorm 2022 will be presented at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center. Weather permitting, the fireworks show will take place Monday, July 4, starting around 10 p.m. on the shores of Lake Darling.

There will not be any shuttle services this year and there will be no public parking, except for resort guests, on the property. Arrowwood asks for all to cooperate and to be respectful of the resort property and of others.

There will be seating on the lakeside lawn for watching fireworks, but the resort asks everyone to pick up after themselves after the show.


There will be music provided by Sly and Friends on the Deck Bar from 3 to 7 p.m. and then from 7 to 10 p.m., the Issue Band will be performing. Music for the Star Storm firework show will be broadcast on KIKV 100.7 and KOOL 94.3.

For questions, contact Shari Prause at 320-762-1124 or

Osakis: Fireworks will take place Monday, July 4, at the Osakis Country Club. The show, put on by the Osakis Fire Department, will begin at dusk. People are welcome to watch the fireworks show from the country club or its yard. The parking lot does fill up quickly, so get there early.

Evansville: The Fireworks Spectacular show, with support from the Evansville Fire Department, will take place Sunday, July 3, after the baseball game, which is expected to be at about dusk.

Boat parades

Lake Ida: The parade, set for Monday, July 4, will take place at 9 a.m. starting at Pilgrim’s Point. The parade could be moved to Sunday, July 3, if inclement weather is in the forecast. Watch the Lake Ida MN Facebook page for updates.

Alexandria Chain of Lakes: The parade will start Monday, July 4 between 10 and 10:30 a.m. at the Carlos/Darling bridge.

People riding in boats and pontoons showed their Fourth of July pride at the Fourth of July boat parade in July 2021 as they made their way around Lake Carlos.
Echo Press file photo

Lake Victoria: Monday, July 4, 10:30 a.m. starting at the south end of the Lake Victoria public access.

Lake Miltona: The annual Independence Day Boat Parade is set for Monday, July 4, starting at noon. Those wishing to participate in the parade must register in order to be eligible for a prize. To register, send an email to If registering the day off, it must be done one hour prior to the start. Go to Sandy Beach/north public access.


Chippewa Lake: Boat parade starts at 2 p.m. Monday, July 4, with first, second and third place prizes awarded.

Lake Osakis: The Fourth of July Boat Parade is scheduled for Sunday, July 3 starting at 1 p.m.

Other fun

The Red Willow Arts Coalition will be hosting its Special Patriotic Concert on Monday, July 4. The concert, held on the lawn of the Douglas County Courthouse, will start at 7 p.m. Concert goers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

The city of Evansville will be hosting its annual Red, White and Boom Days. Here is the schedule of events:

Friday, July 1

10:30-3 p.m. – Evansville Historical Foundation open for free tours.

3:30 p.m. – Music in the park by Jolly Pops sponsored by the Evansville Art Coalition. Bring your own lawn chair. Free and open to the public.

4 p.m. – 3 on 3 basketball tournaments in Evansville west gym.


5-6:30 p.m. – Hotdogs for Customer Appreciation at First Security Bank.

6:30 p.m. – Music at City Park by Jolly Pops sponsored by the Evansville Art Coalition. Bring your own lawn chair. Free and open to the public.

9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. – Street Dance at Backroads featuring IV Play.

The June Lynne Lacey Foundation and the Navy League of the United States were on hand at the Fourth of July parade in Evansville in 2021. Both organizations offer support to veterans.
Contributed photo

Saturday, July 2

7 a.m. – All town garage sales.

9 a.m.-12 p.m. – Faith Women Bake Sale at Faith Lutheran Church. Coffee and donuts with a free all offering.

5 p.m. – Register for a Bean Bag Tournament in the outfield of the high school baseball field. $40 per team. Contact Tubby at 320-808-3518 or Eric at 320-815-3203. Start time is 6:30 p.m. with 100% payout.

6 p.m. – Evansville Education Foundation Family Bingo in west gym. Card sales start at 5 p.m. with Bingo at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome to play. Revenue goes to the Scholarship Fund. Concessions will be available.


Sunday, July 3

7 a.m.-noon – Evansville Fire Department Pancake/French Toast feed at the Fire Hall.

8:30 a.m. – 5K Color Run. Registration at 8 a.m. at the picnic shelter on the trail. For details, call Sue Steffenson, 320-808-8384.

11 a.m. – Community church services at Faith Lutheran Church.

1 p.m. – Registration for parade at the Faith Lutheran Church parking lot. All units are asked to park by 2 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged; contact Diana at or 320-766-8176.

2:30 p.m. – Lions Grand Parade with Grand Marshals Gene and Joan Barsness.

3 p.m. – Registration begins for Kids Pedal Tractor Pull at the school parking lot.

3:30 p.m. – Park events: bounce houses, water slide (bring your own towels), axe throwing, turtle races, Erickson Petting Zoo, carnival games by Brandon/Evansville BPA, Registration booth for free kids bikes sponsored by Evansville Sports to be given away at 5 p.m.


5-7 p.m. – Music by Schjei Country in the gym during the Pork Chop Feed.

5-7 p.m. – Pork Chop Feed with the Douglas County Pork Producers, sponsored by the Evansville Community Club.

7 p.m. – Ashby versus Little Falls baseball game at the varsity baseball field.

8:30 p.m. – Free watermelon feed sponsored by the Evansville Community Club.

Dusk – Fireworks Spectacular following the baseball game with special thanks to the Evansville Fire Department.

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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