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The fireworks show begins at dusk, usually around 10 p.m. down by the Detroit Lakes City Beach. Depending on the weather, the show lasts somewhere aroud 15 to 20 minutes. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

A fun, festive 4th: List of holiday weekend events long

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Around dusk on the Fourth of July, the fireworks begin to fly, as the Detroit Lakes business community pools its money to celebrate the country’s independence holiday with brilliant color.

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Standing with tradition, the fireworks show will be held down by the city beach, over Little Detroit Lake.

Streets will be closed down for pedestrian traffic.

If weather cooperates, the show is expected to draw thousands of people to the beach area.

“You have people on the beach, on their pontoons in the middle of the lake, people at the park, or sitting and watching from their decks or favorite restaurants down there,” said Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce President Carrie Johnston.

“It’s thousands of people coming from different resorts and smaller communities because not every town can do fireworks anymore.”

Johnston says while Lakeshirts is a big sponsor of the event and typically heads up the planning of the fireworks display, it takes a long list of local businesses to pitch money into the $15,000 fireworks show.

“The budget for the show has been raised this year, so we’re expecting a great show,” said Johnston, who says while weather is a big determining factor in the length of the show, it typically lasts anywhere from 15-20 minutes.

“The company that puts them on takes a lot of things into consideration, including how low the clouds are, the wind speed…” said Johnston, “so the length of the show varies.”

The fireworks show starts around dusk, which this time of year is around 10 p.m., but in the event of inclement weather, that show time could be pushed up.

But the holiday celebrations don’t end with the last explosions of the fireworks show.

With Independence Day falling on a Friday this year, area businesses are bracing for a big weekend.

“We hear a lot of families make coming to Detroit Lakes their Fourth of July traditions, and there are so many activities going on this year,” said Johnston.

The Shady Hollow Flea Market, Artesian Fair and Farmer’s Market ends up being a busy spot for bargain shoppers in the market for old treasures.

Located south of Detroit Lakes on Highway 59, the large market hosts dozens of booths, including antiques, collectibles and food booths.

Shady Hollow is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

The Lakes Area Farmer’s Market will also be set up in People’s Park across from the fairgrounds in Detroit Lakes on Saturday, July 5.

Here, people can pick up fresh produce and handmade items from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Summer reading can go by the wayside Saturday because local thespians will be bringing Shakespeare to the Detroit Lakes City Park bandshell.

The sixth annual Shakespeare in the Park will be performing a show in the park called “Titus Andronicus.”

The free-will offering show goes from 4 to 6 p.m.

Live music will be floating through the air all holiday weekend, as area restaurants and hotels are ready to set the festive ambiance.

Zorbaz will be hosting live music throughout the day on July 4.

The Holiday Inn Beach Bar & Grill will be hosting the band Slamabama Thursday evening at 9 p.m., Tripwire on Friday the Fourth of July beginning at 9 p.m and the band 8th Hour beginning the 9th hour of Saturday evening.

Family-friendly events are also being sprinkled throughout the weekend, including an outdoor church service and free picnic in the Detroit Lakes City Park Sunday morning, put on by Community Alliance Church.

The event is free and open to the public.

The service starts at 10:30 a.m.; participants are being asked to bring their own lawn chairs.

Both Tamarac Wildlife Refuge and Itasca State Park are also hosting a variety of family-friendly activities.

Visit their websites at dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/itasca and fws.gov/refuge/tamarac for more on that.

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