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Lots to do in DL over July 4 week

Fireworks start at dusk over Little Detroit Lake. Get to the beach or City Park early to get a good spot. BRIAN BASHAM/RECORD

 Just as the sky will be exploding with colors during the Fourth of July fireworks in Detroit Lakes, the weekend will also be bursting with activities and entertainment for the whole family.

The Holiday Inn is celebrating Independence Day and weekend with a birthday celebration and musical performances from live bands. Take in the beautiful views of the lake and enjoy the atmosphere of the restaurant during the concerts. On July 4, the band “8th Hour” will take the stage. On Friday the 5th, “24 Seven” performs, and on Saturday “Skyline” will play. All performances begin at 9 p.m.

The festivities begin on July 2 at 8 pm with weekly trivia at Zorbaz, and music from Anthony Chaput on the 3rd beginning at 5 pm. Zorbaz will host a performance from “Hardwood Groove” on July 4 at noon, with appearances by Mike Nelson and “Sovereign Sect” later in the evening beginning at 7 pm. Share your vocal talents at a DJ dance party with karaoke on July 5 from Party to Go. Nolan Falcon will perform on July 6 at 2 pm, and the “Fat Cats” will take the stage that night at 9 pm. Mike Hokanson will play on July 7 at 5 p.m.

Celebrate Independence Day with some great music and dancing with friends. The Detroit Lakes Pavilion will again host the “Night Storm” dance party on the Fourth of July from 10 pm to 1:30 a.m.

Lakeside Tavern also has some special events planned. For the 15th year, a DJ will be featured with two for 1 tap beers during the music. Enjoy the beautiful lake view, music, and time with friends beginning at 10 pm on July 3, 5, and 6, and 7 pm on the Fourth of July. 

The Bridge restaurant near Long Bridge will offer entertainment and picturesque lake scenery.

On July 3, Aaron Reitan will perform from 6 to 10 pm. “Island Time,” a local favorite, will play on July 4 from 2 to 10 pm. Dano takes the stage on July 5 at 6 pm. The Bridge will host Paul Berget at 6 pm on July 6, and “Island Time” returns on July 7 at 2 pm.

The traditional Fourth of July fireworks will again light up the sky above Detroit Lake. The show starts at dusk, which usually falls around 10 pm. Grab some friends and an armload of blankets, and find a spot on the beach to enjoy the spectacle.

Take a break from grilling and spending time on the lake to check out some of the exciting events in the local area.

The Shady Hollow Flea Market provides a unique shopping atmosphere, with local crafts and produce, and an expanded concession stand and grill.

The market features 23 permanent booths and up to 150 traveling vendors, and offers free admission. It will be open on Thursday through Sunday for the long four-day weekend, from 6:30 am to 3 pm. The market is located off of Highway 59 South.

For a unique experience with nature, visit the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge on the Fourth of July for a Wildlife Excursion. The event is free to the public, and will feature a two-hour driving tour, which includes a small amount of walking.

A guide will direct the group to several sites in search of birds and other signs of wildlife. Visitors will also learn about Tamarac’s rich history, as it celebrates its 75th year. Interested groups should meet at the Chippewa picnic area on County Highway 26, three miles east of the visitors’ center.

Shakespeare in the Park will perform “The Winter’s Tale” on Friday, July 5 through Sunday July 7 in the Detroit Lakes Bandshell in City Park. The play is free to the community, and begins at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 4 pm on Sunday.

On Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6, Tri-State Diving will lead “Discovery dives.” Groups of up to ten divers can be accommodated. The fee for the expedition includes a two-tank dive and snacks and beverages between dives. To reserve a space and make an appointment, check out the website at, or call 218-847-4868.

As you savor some locally made wine at the Richwood Winery, enjoy featured musical performances from “Blue Barry” on July 6 and “Tucker’d Out” on July 7. Both performances begin at 4 pm. For more details, check out the website at

The Historic Holmes Theatre will host “The Shadows Tribute Band” as it presents “A Tribute to Roy Orbison” on Saturday, July 6. The concert will also showcase music from Bobby Vee, Dean Martin, Buddy Holly, among many others, and promises to be a fun night of musical flashbacks. The show begins at 7:30 pm, and tickets cost $23 in advance or $26 at the door. Contact the theatre at 218-844-7469 for more information.

Article written by Libby Larson of Detroit Lakes Newspapers