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Vicki Gerdes, Forum Communications, Published June 24 2012

Fourth of July fireworks show will go on in Detroit Lakes

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Independence Day falls on a Wednesday this year, but there will be fireworks on July 4 at the Detroit Lakes City Beach – and donations are being sought to make the show as memorable as possible.

“It’s (the fireworks show) always on July 4, and it’s always at dusk,” said Carrie Johnston, president of the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the show with support from local businesses and individuals.

“Mark Fritz and Mike Hutchinson of Lakeshirts are the chairs of the event again this year, and they are collecting donations from businesses and individuals around town,” Johnston added.

The show will cost approximately $11,000 to produce – about the same as was spent last year.

“It will be very similar to last year – though hopefully without the thunder and lightning competing with the fireworks,” Johnston said. “The show lasts about 20 minutes.”

The fireworks show will go on whether it’s raining or not, she added. The only reason it would be canceled is if weather conditions become dangerous – if there is a lightning storm going on nearby or a tornado warning in effect.

Though some restaurants will be having live music during the evening, July 4 falling on a Wednesday this year means that local holiday festivities will likely be more subdued than in years when the holiday coincides with a weekend, Johnston noted.

“There are usually a few boat parades that pop up on area lakes during the day,” she said. “A lot of people will be out in their boats enjoying the water.”

For more information about the fireworks show, or to make a donation, please contact Carrie Johnston at the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, (218) 847-9202, or Lakeshirts at (218) 847-2171.


Vicki Gerdes writes for Detroit Lakes Newspapers