July 02--Numerous area towns are having Fourth of July celebrations on Friday. They include:
Austin, July 4: Part of the four days of Freedom Fest. Fun run, parade at 11 a.m., bingo, fire department water fight, bean bag tournament, arts and crafts show, live music, and fireworks at Bandshell Park at dusk.
Blooming Prairie, July 4: Tractor and car shows, miniature golf, a fine arts craft fair, a parade from 2:30 -- 4 p.m., bean bag tournament, live entertainment, and fireworks at Victory Field at 10 p.m.
Cannon Falls, July 4: Part of the Cannon Valley Fair. Parade at 11:30 a.m., live music at the Grandstand followed by fireworks at dusk.
Dover, July 3: Cookout in the park, fireworks at dusk.
Eitzen, July 4: Part of Eitzen Family Fun Fest. Flea market, face painting, parade at noon, bean bag tournament, demolition derby, and fireworks at dusk.
Harmony, July 4: Parade at 3 p.m., bingo, miniature golf, pedal pull, live music, and fireworks in the North Park at dusk.
Lake City, July 4: Live music, food, and fireworks over Lake Pepin at dusk.
Oronoco, July 4: Fourth of July dinner in Oronoco Park followed by fireworks at 10 p.m.
Rochester, July 4: Kids parade, live music at Silver Lake soccer field followed by fireworks display at 10 p.m.
Stewartville, July 4: Part of Stewartville Summerfest. Fun runs, basketball, kiddie parade, tractor pull, fireman's water fight, petting zoo, grand parade at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.
Treasure Island, July 3: Block party from 7 -- 11 p.m. with live music and food with fireworks at dusk.
Wabasha, July 4: Live music, fireworks at the Wabasha-Kellogg school at dusk. This is a change from previous years. The school is an alcohol and tobacco-free zone, including during the fireworks.
Wanamingo, July 4: Part of a four-day celebration. Inflatables, live music, parade beginning in Maple Island at 2:30 p.m., bean bag tournament, fireworks at dusk.
The city of Red Wing has been forced by flooding to postpone its fireworks display until Aug. 3 at the close of River City Days around 9:30 p.m.
If you are heading to the Mississippi River for a boating or camping trip, just a reminder -- no fireworks are allowed on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge because of their disturbance to wildlife as well as the litter they leave behind.
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