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Published July 01 2010

Weekend Watch: July Fourth celebrations

Saturday and Sunday

Some people celebrate the Fourth of July with a backyard barbecue, others with a picnic in the park or a day at the beach. If you’re looking for some bigger public gatherings, consider these.

Messiah Lutheran Church, 2012 Elm St., N., Fargo, cues up the party early with its “Salute to America.” Starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, the event is an old-fashioned musical tribute with refreshments. There is no charge, but a freewill offering will be collected for the F-M Emergency Food Pantry. (701) 237-6770.

Parades are popular on the Fourth. One of the biggest is on Pelican Lake, Minn., where there are prizes for decorated rides and even a theme – “favorite musicals.” The flotilla starts at 10 a.m. at the Pelican Lake Yacht Club. (218) 284-3173.

The biggest metro area bash is at Minnesota State University Moorhead. The slowed economy has put a damper on some of the school’s traditional afternoon events, but an 8 a.m. 10K run and kids’ firecracker trot starts everything off. A parade starts at 7 p.m. at 14th Street and Ninth Avenue South and leads participants to Nemzek Stadium, where the night’s activities start at 7:30, including a concert by the Lake Agassiz Concert Band, a decorated bike parade and a performance by the Front Fenders, all followed by fireworks at 10:30 p.m. (800) 593-7246.