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Top 5 Things to Do this Fourth of July Holiday Week in the Brainerd Lakes Area

Posted on: June 26th, 2012 by brainerdchamber

Hogs – small ones that race and big, fat, sassy, noisy ones buffed in chrome. Big, colorful explosions in the sky, accompanied by the token oohs and ahhs. People that pass by – those perusing the tables of wares for the must-haves or those that follow a route shaking hands in the crowd.

Brainerd Lakes Minnesota Fourth of July CelebrationsWait for it. Here is your Top 5 Brainerd Lakes Area Events You Will Want to Attend this 2012 Fourth of July holiday week.

5. Get your motor running, head on down the drag strip. The NAPA Auto Parts Show & Go is July 6-8 at BIR. Look for hundreds of cars to do battle at the Brainerd race track as part of this 26th annual event.

4. Shop, shop, shop. You can’t go wrong with the annual juried show, Arts in the Park, July 1, in Brainerd and Market in the Park, every Thursday, at Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes.

3. Let music – in the park, at the lake, in the club – fill your soul. A variety of options are available, including performances every Saturday night - Band in the Park in Pequot Lakes and Crosslake Outdoor Music Series in Crosslake.

2. What would a Fourth of July celebration be without parades and fireworks? Choose from numerous options, including Stars & Stripes Days fireworks July 3 and parade July 4 in Pequot Lakes, American Celebration parade and fireworks July 4 in Brainerd/Baxter, Crosby Fire Department parade and fireworks July 4 in Crosby, Crosslake fireworks June 30 over Cross Lake, Gull Lake fireworks July 2 and July 4, Bay Lake fireworks July 6, and Nisswa Freedom Days Celebration parade July 3.

Pequot Lakes Fourth of July Celebration1. Go HOG wild. Enjoy public events as part of the Minnesota 2012 Harley-Davidson Owners Group Rally June 28-30 in Brainerd, including the Up North Road Kill Cleanup June 29 in downtown Brainerd and the Parade of Flags June 30 in Baxter. Or, come check out the first pig races on July 3 as part of the Stars & Stripes Days in Pequot Lakes. – Kathi Nagorski, Communications Director.

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