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Fourth of July in Detroit Lakes

The fireworks display begins at dark down by the waterfront and goes for about 20 minutes.

People from all over don't make Detroit Lakes their Fourth of July destination for no reason.

In fact, there are many reasons.

Restaurants with music

Walking up and down the Detroit Lakes beach over the Independence Day holiday is nothing short of festive, as most local bars and restaurants add to the ambiance with live music.

"This is something that really livens up the atmosphere and adds to the fun," said Chamber President Carrie Johnston. "I know Lakeside, Zorbas, the Bridge, Holiday Inn ... all those places have live music. It's always very busy down by the beach."

Zorbas owner Tate Jensen says he'll be having different genres of music every night Wednesday through Monday.

"We'll have some classic rock and blues, a jam session with local musicians, a dance party Friday and a couple of bands that are just feel-good music over the weekend," Jensen said.

Boat Parades

It wouldn't be the lakes area without boat owners parading around, showing off their babies.

"These parades are so much fun," said Clayton Jensen with the Lake Melissa-Sallie Association, "Everybody decorates their pontoons, fishing boats and speed boats with a patriotic theme -- one year somebody had a statue of liberty out there, and another person had a flag of nations -- people put a lot of hard work and energy into it; it's a good time."

Various lakes around the area will be putting on their own parades, including Floyd, Cotton, Melissa-Sallie, Toad and others.

Times for boat parades vary -- for information on an individual lake, contact its lake association.

Teen Freedom Fest - July 1 & 2

Calling all teens; prepare to be uplifted and inspired.

Teen Freedom Fest 2011 is kicking off with the sounds of the Bright Light Parade, Firestarters and Mark Johnson and the Forerunner Band.

The Christian-based fest will be at the Becker County Fairgrounds, where there will also be all the food and activities a young person could ask for.

A Generation United for Jesus, a group of people from area churches, is producing the concerts, which are free and open to all ages.

Activities begin around noon with the concerts beginning at 7:00 p.m.


in the Park - July 1-3

Wherefore art thou free entertainment in a lovely setting? Right here.

For the third year, local actors are performing a knee-slapping rendition of Shakespeare -- this year's show is "All's Well that Ends Well."

The shows take place at the DL City Park Bandshell at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Shady Hollow - July 2-4

Bargain hunters, antique collectors and shoppers looking for that "special find" have three days to do so at Shady Hollow's flea market.

The gates open at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and close mid-afternoon, depending on the weather.

The market will have over 100 vendors, including a variety of collectibles, old barn items, jewelry, clothing and more.

Arrive hungry because food vendors will be there, tempting shoppers with kettle corn, mini donuts, hamburgers, corn dogs and other "summertime" delectables.

High Plains Festival July 2-4

Soo Pass is making a pass at blue grass, as the High Plains Festival kicks off for the first time on July 2.

The highlight of the high energy, down home event will be a performance by the popular Duluth band "Trampled by Turtles," with the Saturday show costing $25 a ticket.

Musical acts on Friday and Sunday (and there are many) are free.

Soo Pass workers will also be opening up the campgrounds for those wanting to make a weekend out of it.

Camping and music for the whole weekend is $50 a person.

For more information, call 1-800-493-3378 or log on to

Discovery Dives - July 2-4

Gary "Seal" Thompson can have you "swimming with fishes," as the certified diving instructor will be extending his weekend "Discovery Dives" by an extra day for the holiday.

The trips out to different area lakes are an all day event, beginning around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

"We don't know which lakes we'll hit up yet," said Seal, "we'll talk to everyone and find out where they've been and where they want to go -- it'll be somewhere with a lot of fish, though."

The trips are for certified divers. Call 218-847-4868 or log on to for more information.

Tamarac Wildlife

Refuge Events - July 3 & 4

Nature lovers can catch a free movie on the Refuge's big screen movie theater on Sunday, July 3 at the Visitor's Center.

"Forever Wild" is a 50-minute movie that captures the glory of undeveloped, wild places through stunning images and the passionate tales of Americans modern wilderness heroes --volunteers from around the country.

On Monday, July 4, Ojibwe Gordon Boswell will be at the Visitor's Center to teach a free class on how to make a dreamcatcher and to tell the story behind them.

Make one to take home.

The class is free and open to the public.

Call 218-847-2631 for more information on the events.

Night Storm - July 4

The young and energetic have a place to dance the night away, as Wisconsin dance club "Night Storm" takes over the pavilion down by the beach.

The party goes from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

You must be 18 years old or older, and there is no alcohol allowed inside.

Fireworks Display - July 4

Lakeshirts has been busy soliciting donations from area businesses for the ever-popular fireworks display.

The event happens down by the Detroit Lakes beachfront at dark and lasts about 20 minutes.

"You can bring your boat up or sit on the beach or at the city park, and you'll be able to see the show," Johnston said, "It's always great!"