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Jessica Ballou, Published July 02 2012

MSUM fireworks show set to ignite Wednesday night

MOORHEAD – Wednesday night marks the 40th anniversary of the Fourth of July celebration at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

The annual event is a great continuation of a tradition, said David Wahlberg, MSUM director of marketing and communication.

Concessions will be available starting at 6:30 p.m. in Nemzek Hall and Stadium. Inflatable games from Games Galore will be available from 7 to 10 p.m. on the south side of the stadium.

A decorated bike parade for kids will begin at 7:45 p.m., with the first 75 kids receiving a treat bag.

“I love the fireworks, of course. That might be the obvious one because it’s so bright, so colorful, so exciting,” Wahlberg said, “But I have a soft spot for the kiddie bike parade, to see all the decorated bikes, trikes, wagons, what have you. It’s fun to see.”

Last year the event was postponed at the last minute due to poor weather conditions. Wahlberg said officials will keep an eye on the heat this year.

He said they hope temperatures will fall a bit in the afternoon and evening, but MSUM Public Safety and the Moorhead Police Department will be on hand just in case.

The night’s other events include music by the Lake Agassiz Concert Band at 7:30 p.m. and the Front Fenders at 8:30 p.m.

The main event, a fireworks display put on by RES Specialty Pyrotechnics, will start at 10:30 p.m.

Erv Haman, director of business development for RES Specialty Pyrotechnics, said the annual MSUM Fourth of July is a big tradition for people in the area.

“It’s entertainment and it makes people happy and it’s an American tradition,” he said. “It’s the biggest party of the year, the icing on the cake.”

Wahlberg said he enjoys seeing people have a good time. “It’s a great family event, and it’s something that not just folks in the immediate Fargo-Moorhead area enjoy,” he said. “People come in from all over.”

If you go

What: 40th annual Fourth of July Celebration at Minnesota State University Moorhead

When: Wednesday, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Nemzek Hall and Stadium, 17th Street between Sixth and Ninth avenues south

Info: Admission and parking free

Readers can reach Forum reporter Jessica Ballou at (701) 237-7311