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Fourth of July time

It's common knowledge that the Detroit Lakes area knows how to have a good time on the Fourth of July. This year promises to usher in another holiday worth celebrating.

Boat parades on local lakes offer an opportunity to enjoy what will hopefully be clement weather and bright sunny rays while kicking back to enjoy the company of friends and family along with a healthy dose American pride.

Several local restaurants will play host to their own Independence Day parties. As part of its Sunday series all summer long, The Bridge will hold a Caribbean Deck Pary from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The Johnson -- or maybe Johnzon? -- Family Band will play at Zorbaz later that evening. Lakeside Tavern is also bringing back its Beach Bash for the tenth year running. The Beach Bash will go on all Fourth of July weekend and will include performances by GB Leighton and Martin Zellar.

The Fourth will wrap up with another much-anticipated fireworks display at dusk on the city beach. You'll want to be there when the sparks start to fly!

Whether you're barbequing in the backyard, tackling the town hot spots, or drifting lazily along the currents, enjoy a safe and celebratory Fourth of July in America's lake lands.