Detroit Lakes is getting ready for the Fourth of July. With WE Fest canceled this year, the July 4 weekend will likely bring the biggest crowds of the summer.
Some have already started their Fourth of July vacation in Detroit Lakes. Even on a cloudy Monday, people are eager to be out on beach and the water.
"It's been a while since we've been outside and interacted with others. It's just nice to see a little normalcy even though it's not quite normal yet," said Minneapolis resident Stacy Nokes.
But the packed beaches could make social distancing difficult.
"I imagine there will be enough people here so there may be some concerns with that," said Carmen Keller, a Fargo resident.
Keller has been coming to the lake with her family for the holiday for 13 years. She's also excited to get out on the water.
"Oh we will definitely be keeping that 6-foot distance and just hanging with our family unit," she said.
And while people are ready to get back on the lake, restaurants are also ready to welcome them back.
"The people around town are ready to be out, the restaurants are quite full. It's fun to be able to go out and have a drink, sandwich or a hamburger," said Julie Coyne, owner of Bleachers Sports Bar and Grill.
Zorbaz and Long Bridge will be two restaurants with live music for dine-in customers. All restaurants will still follow Minnesota's phase three guidelines of keeping 50% capacity.
And while things may look a little different for the Fourth this year, it won't dampen the spirits of the area's love for the lakes.
"With no fireworks this year, I would imagine there is probably not going to be quite as much chaos as normal. I know it usually gets pretty busy out here. You can hardly walk on the beach usually," said Chris Grant, who's been coming to the lake for nine years.
While fireworks are canceled, public parks and beaches will remain open. The city says they encourage social distancing, will have the usual increased police presence, but won't be doing anything extra for the holiday.