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Published June 29 2013

Plenty of July 4 celebrations happening in ND, Minn.

FARGO – Looking for something to do with the family this Fourth of July? You certainly have plenty of options.

Cities throughout the region are celebrating America’s independence with fireworks, parades, rodeos and much more. Here’s an overview of some of the events:

North Dakota

• Rolla: Events include the Rolla Air Show, which features games, military aircraft and University of North Dakota acrobatics; more info at www.ndac.

aero or (701) 328-9650.

• Walhalla: Traditional July Fourth celebration; (701) 549-3939.

• Devil’s Lake: Events on July 4 include a parade, picnic and fireworks display; more info at www.devilslakend.com, (800) 233-8048 or (701) 662-4957.

• Wahpeton: Baseball and fireworks are scheduled for JulyFourth at Chahinkapa Park; (701) 591-2117.

• West Fargo: An old-fashioned July Fourth celebration at Bonanzaville will feature a barbecue picnic, train ride and costumed historical figures; more info at www.bonanzaville.org or (701) 282-2822.

• Grand Forks: July Fourth events include a kiddie parade, games, concessions, entertainment and fireworks; (701) 746-0052.

• Fort Ransom: A parade, stampede rodeo and a queen and princess competition are all scheduled for July 4.

• New Rockford-Sheyenne: Both towns team up from July 3-7 to present a parade, street dances, a musical, demolition derby and fireworks; more info at www.cityofnewrockford.com or (701) 947-2205.

• Harvey: July Fourth events include a parade, kids’ games, tractor trek, street dance and Highway 91 races; (701) 324-2604.

• Jamestown: Stock car races at the Jamestown Speedway are scheduled for July 3-4, followed by fireworks on July 4 at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds; (800) 222-4766 or (701) 251-9145.

• Jamestown: White Cloud, the National Buffalo Museum’s female albino bison, turns 17 this summer, and a citywide celebration is planned for July 4-7, including a kids’ carnival, Wild West shootout, car show, parade and street dance; more info at www.buffalomuseum.com or (800) 507-1511.

• Bismarck: Symphony music, singing and fireworks are set for the Capitol grounds at dusk; more info at http://bismarckmandansymphony.org or (701) 258-8345.

• Arnegard: Combining with the town’s centennial celebration, events from July 4-7 include two parades, a barbecue, fireworks and more; (701) 586-3707.

• Mandan: A three-day PRCA rodeo, Art in the Park, street dances and fireworks are scheduled for July 2-4; more info at www.mandanrodeo.com or (701) 751-2983.

• Hettinger: A parade, free music, games and fireworks are set for July 3-5; more info at www.hettingernd.com or (701) 567-2531.

• Killdeer: The celebration, scheduled for July 3-4, is highlighted by the town’s rodeo, which includes professional rodeo cowboys; more info at www.killdeer.com or (701) 764-5777.

• Hazen: Also the town’s centennial celebration, events from July 4-7 include street dances, concerts, food vendors, inflatable games and more; www.hazencentennial.com.

Find more info about events at www.ndtourism.com.

Minnesota

• Moorhead: Minnesota State University Moorhead’s annual Fourth of July celebration starts at 6:30 p.m. and includes inflatable games, a kids’ bike parade, live music and fireworks at 10:30; www.mnstate.edu/july4.

• Park Rapids: Events on July 4 include a parade on Main Avenue at 3 p.m., followed by a performance by the Park Rapids Community Band and fireworks at dusk over Heartland Park; www.parkrapids.com or (218) 732-4111.

• Detroit Lakes: Fireworks over the city beach at dusk on July 4; (218) 847-9202.

• Perham: July Fourth fireworks are scheduled at 10 p.m. at Krueger Field and the East Otter Tail Fairgrounds; (218) 346-5575.

Find more info about Minnesota Fourth of July celebrations at www.exploreminnesota.com.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535