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Published July 03 2013

What to do: Celebrate America with variety of patriotic events

FARGO - Thursday is the nation’s birthday, and there are plenty of area celebrations to choose from.

Get your Fourth started by heading out to Bonanzaville in West Fargo for a variety of events starting at 10 a.m., including the opening of the new exhibit “Up in Arms: The Role of Guns in America.”

A parade gets going at 11, followed by a barbecue picnic, wagon rides, clowns, train rides and more throughout the afternoon.

Jason Huneke, from “America’s Got Talent,” will perform at 7, and a fireworks display will be launched from the fairgrounds at dark.

Meanwhile, a Fourth of July Gospel Celebration is planned for from 1 to 5 p.m. in Romkey Park, 900 19th St. S. in Moorhead. Free hot dogs, chips and pop will be available. The event is free and open to the public.

Then, head to Messiah Lutheran Church, 2010 Elm St. N. in Fargo, for a special Salute to America. Starting at 5 p.m., the event will feature patriotic sing-alongs, film clips from World War I and World War II, along with stories from veterans. A freewill offering will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

One of the biggest bangs of the day takes place across the river at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Events at and around Nemzek Stadium start at 6:30, with kids inflatable games running from 7 until 9:30 and a kids’ decorated bike parade at 7:30.

Also at 7:30 is a performance by the Lake Agassiz Concert Band, which is followed by the Front Fenders at 8:30.

The evening closes in grand, patriotic style with fireworks at 10:30.

If you go

What: Fourth of July celebrations

When: Thursday

Where: Events at Minnesota State University Moorhead take place at Nemzek Stadium; a full day is also scheduled at Bonanzaville, 1351 Main Ave. W., West Fargo

Info: The MSUM fireworks celebration gets underway at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public with free parking available in all regular college spaces. Bonanzaville events run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, $5 for children and free for military personnel and veterans.

Other events

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.

• Devils 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 July 4 at Chahinkapa Park; (701) 591-2117.

• Grand Forks: July 4 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 4 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.

• 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.

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

Minnesota

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

• Walker: Walker City on the Bay 10k walk run kicks off the Fourth at 8 a.m. Other activities include a parade at 2 p.m., beer garden, children’s activities in the park and fireworks at dark.

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


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