Boat parades, live music and fireworks on the lake: Check out all of Detroit Lakes' Fourth of July events

Similar to the fireworks celebration in 2021, three barges will shoot off fireworks near City Beach on Monday, July 4 at dusk, which is expected to draw close to 1,000 people to see the colorful lakeside display.

Kathy Redfield, right, of Moorhead views the public fireworks demonstration with her daughter and two grandchildren from City Beach in Detroit Lakes on July 4, 2021. (Michael Achterling / Tribune)

Boats will parade on Becker County lakes, live music events will be heard at area bars and a three-barge fireworks show should delight the spectators this Fourth of July weekend in Detroit Lakes.

The fireworks show will be held on City Beach on Monday, July 4 at dusk and is sponsored by the area businesses of Detroit Lakes.

Or, if boat parades are more to your liking, the Lake Melissa and Lake Sallie Improvement Association will be holding their annual boat parade on July 4 beginning at 10:30 a.m at the Shoreham channel inlet. The boaters will take their festive boats clockwise at a slow cruise around both lakes.

"Lake levels are high this year," the association posted on Facebook, so the parades should take the water levels into account and traveling trophies will be available for the best decorated boats and properties.

"Relax, wave a lot," Gail Tronnes, commodore of the parade, said in the Facebook post. "This is not a race. Make it a fun and safe Fourth of July."


Floyd Lake will also be holding a boat parade on July 4 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., hosted by the Floyd Shores Association. Anyone wishing to participate in the parade on Big and North Floyd Lake should meet at Floyd Lake Point sandbar at 10:45 a.m. for registration. Participants for the Little Floyd Lake boat parade should meet at Nodsle's dock at 10:45 a.m.

According to the group's event page, prizes will be awarded in various categories and a trophy will be awarded to the overall winner of the parade.

Also on July 4, the public is welcome to attend the free annual CrossFit workout on City Beach in front of Zorbaz beginning at 9:30 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to wear their red, white and blue clothing, work out in the sand, and then join other event-goers for social hour at Zorbaz following the event. Participants will need to sign a medical waiver with CrossFit Detroit Lakes or EHP Performance, if they don't have one already on file.

Goat yoga will also be held on July 2 at 9 a.m. at 17168 Highland Drive. The class cost is $20 and attendees are encouraged to register through their website ahead of the class.

Live music will also be featured at area bars this weekend.

  • July 2 — Jake Owen, Music on the Mountain, at Detroit Mountain at 5:30 p.m.
  • July 2 — Tim Eggebraaten at Long Bridge, 6 p.m.
  • July 2 — 6 to Midnight at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes, 9 p.m.
  • July 3 and 4— Island Time at Long Bridge, 2 p.m.
  • July 3 — In The Fields at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes at 9 p.m.
  • July 4 — Jacob Larson Band at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes, 9 p.m.

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