This week is famous for sunburns, bug bites, cold drinks, fireworks and parades – all in the name of celebrating Independence Day!
Well, why not? It’s a premiere Summer celebration for three great reasons: Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. So, let’s get together and do this right. We’ll start out with the area parades.
Beginning on Wednesday evening, July 3rd, you’ll be able to catch the parade in Nisswa scheduled for 7 p.m. Then on Thursday, July 4th, you have several more parades to choose from. Crosby gets the ball rolling beginning at 11 a.m. Pequot Lakes’ parades starts at noon, and then at 4 p.m. head to Brainerd for their parade. It doesn’t matter which parade you take in, really, as long as you keep these things in mind. It’s my “Four for the Fourth” list:
1 – Hats off and get on your feet for the colors – cover your heart with your hand as well.d
2 – Be mindful and respectful of the sacrifices made for the freedom you enjoy.
3 – Reflect on the things you can do in your own life to make our country and the world a better place.
4 – A moment of prayer in thanksgiving for the freedoms you enjoy is time wisely spent.
Next come the fireworks. For some reason I have never understood, the word “dusk” is thrown around in connection with the Fourth of July every year. Why the various communities that put on fireworks displays can’t choose a specific time to start fireworks is beyond me. It’s not like we don’t know when the sun sets on July 4th from one year to the next. However, much like the way the word “Merry” applies to Christmas, so does the word “Dusk” apply to fireworks displays. Here is where to find them.
- Pequot Lakes will have theirs on Wednesday evening, July 3rd. (By the way – they actually state the time for fireworks will be at 10:10 p.m. GO PEQUOT!)
- Then on Thursday, July 4th, you can catch fireworks in Garrison, Crosby, Aitkin, Brainerd and Longville.
But wait…there’s more!
- Saturday July 6th there are fireworks in Crosslake and Bay Lake by Ruttger’s.
So what’s my “Four for the Fourth” list for Fireworks?
1 – Don’t forget the bug spray
2 – Be patient – before and after the fireworks. You may have to park and walk. It’s ok. It’s worth it. And when the show is over, be VERY CAREFUL as you make your exodus. There is no rush to get home. Be cautious walking and driving in the chaos.
3 – Don’t forget to “Oooh” and “Ahhh.” It’s a requirement!
4 – Another moment of prayer in thanksgiving for the freedoms you enjoy is time wisely spent. (You can never do this too often.)
Happy Independence Day, and may God Bless America.