Detroit Lakes' Fourth of July weekend will include boat parades, live music and more.

Boat parades Saturday morning

The Lakes Melissa-Sallie Improvement Association, which has been hosting simultaneous parades on the two adjacent lakes for more than 50 years now, is asking would-be participants to gather at the channel between the two lakes — near Hotel Shoreham — prior to the parades' 10:30 a.m. start time.

"They start right at 10:30," said Mike Becraft, president of the lake association. "On even years, the boats go clockwise around the lakes and on odd years, they go counterclockwise — so this year they’ll be going clockwise."

Becraft said the parades will last anywhere between one and a half to two hours, depending on the number of boats participating. "They go slowly, and stay close to the docks," he added.

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There will also be competitions on each lake for the best-decorated boats and participants as well as the best-decorated properties along the lakeshore. The winners in each category will receive plaques, each of which is engraved with the names of past winners.

While some other lake associations have canceled their boat parades due to coronavirus concerns, Becraft said the Lake Melissa-Sallie governing board thought it wouldn't be too difficult to maintain social distancing restrictions, given that most boat passengers are from the same family.

"It (the board's vote) was unanimous," he said. "These are all the same families that participate every year, and they do a great job, so we thought people maybe needed to have some fun."

Boat parades will also be happening at 10 a.m. on Big Cormorant Lake, 11 a.m. on Lake Eunice and 2 p.m. on Big Sugar Bush Lake.

Music, music, music

Here is a brief look at some of the musical entertainment offerings set for this weekend (call each venue for performance times):

  • Zorbaz on the Lake (Detroit Lakes): July 1-Zach Thomas; July 2-The Cropdusters; July 3-DJ Mike Nelson; July 4-Mike Hokanson (afternoon) and the Devon Worley Band (evening): July 5, Six String Circus. Call 218-847-5305 for more info.
  • Holiday Inn Lakeside: July 3-Smokin' Amp Entertainment; July 4-Rick Adams; July 5-The Original Castaways. Call 218-847-2121 for info.
  • Hotel Shoreham: July 4-DJ Mike Nelson. Call 218-847-9913.
  • Long Bridge Bar, Grill & Marina: July 2-Tim Eggebraaten; July 3-Deadbeats; July 4-R & R; July 5-Island Time. 218-847-1949.
  • Shorewood Pub: July 4-Mike Hokanson. 218-847-3406.
  • Pit 611 (Audubon): July 2-The Front Fenders; July 3-Brothers Jukebox; July 5-Bruce & Tiki Dee. 218-439-6121.

More weekend fun

Come to the Detroit Mountain Recreation Area Saturday for a free family mountain biking event hosted by the Lakes Area Mountain Bike Alliance and Trails from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The event will begin with some basic coaching, followed by a run through the skills park and then a ride along the Mountain's single track trails for anyone who is interested in trying them out. This event is not suitable for kids who cannot already ride a bike, unless they just want to try riding a Strider Balance Bike. Helmets are required. The event will be canceled if the trails are wet. Call 218-844-SNOW.

Richwood Winery hosts Comedy in the Vineyard event Sunday, July 5, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., featuring comedians Gary Pattison and Spencer Dobson. No cover charge; call 218-844-5990.

The Wizeguyz Car Club hosts a free car show in the parking lot of Lakes Liquor from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Call Terry Steinhaus, 218-849-2720 for more info. Pit 611 in Audubon hosts its weekly Cruise to the Pit Night 4-7 p.m. Sunday. Call 218-439-6121.