7/3/2018 8:42:00 AM Lakeland celebrates America's Independence Day Exceptional towns with exceptional Patriotism
By Ally Garbe of the Press-Citizen
The celebration of America's Independence is here once again! Each year, communities of the Lakeland express different traditions to show appreciation of this hallowed anniversary.
Lakeland's Chambers of Commerce have events planned through the Fourth of July week.
Starting July 1 in Longville, was Music in the Park from 5-7 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church featuring the Monroe Crossing Bluegrass and Gospel Music Band.
July Fourth in Longville will be a fun-filled day with the annual parade, food, games and more. To begin the day is the second annual 4th of July Sand Volleyball Tournament! Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at Stuart Community Park. Teams of four, with any number of teens or adults, men or women, begin playing at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $20 per team which will be returned as prize money for the winners. Teams will play to 25 points with single elimination. For more information or to pre-register, call John at 319-240-8441. Unfortunately, the scheduled Paint Ball Blast next to Full Stringer Bait & Tackle will not occur.
Kicking off at 10 a.m. are free inflatable games, Water wars and mini golf at Birdie's, pie sales and a food court on and round Main Street. Food available includes hot dogs, chili dogs, SnoCones, walking tacos, cotton candy and cheese curds.
Parade staging also begins at 10 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church's parking lot. At 11 a.m., the annual parade makes its way down Main Street. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Docksider's parking lot there's a Beer Garden for parents while kids have fun participating in contests and dances on Main Street. Make sure to be around at 12:15 p.m. for a number of Kid's Contests and dancing on Main Street.
At 12:30 p.m., X-Game gold medalist "Launchin'" Levi LaVallee sign autographs and take photos with fans.
After the parade and a meet and greet with Levi, there will be a Bean Bag Tournament on Main Street at 1 p.m. with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. At dusk, fireworks sponsored by Longville's Chamber of Commerce will explode over Girl Lake.
Be sure to visit the area's food stops the whole week you are in town. Common Grounds offers coffee, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, soup and smoothies from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Docksider is open from 9:30 a.m. until 1 a.m. for drinks and fun.
For your hand-dipped ice cream fix, stop in at Frosty's from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and enjoy handmade pizza while you're at it! Offering fuel, food and last-minute necessities for the boat, the One Stop has you covered from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Patrick's on Girl Lake offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as the Anchorage on Ingudona Lake.
Hackensack, nestled on the shores of Birch Lake, offers a 4th of July Boat Parade from 1 to 2 p.m. sponsored by the Birch Lake Association. Hackensack's 4th of July fireworks will be July 10 during annual Sweetheart days, running July 5 and until July 11!
Outing has a fantastic fireworks display slated at dusk on Saturday, July 7, over Lawrence Lake. Visit the Clearwater Lodge or Village Inn for a filling meal beforehand! The Crooked Lake Fire Department is hosting a Fireman's dance in the parking lot across from Luscher's Park beginning at 6 p.m.
Head north to Walker on Independence Day for the annual Waddle Like a Duck 5K, 10K, and half marathon. Race begins in Walker City Park at 7:55 a.m.
Once the race wraps up, the Park will be set up for kids and kids-at-heart with Bounce Houses, an obstacle course Deluxe Slide, Walker Sons of American Legion Dunk Tank and Rootbeer floats and glow sticks from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A Kiddie Parade commences at 2 p.m. along with Walker's annual Parade down Main Street.All Parade participants have a chance to win certificates from Dairy Queen in categories such as Most Patriotic, Most Humorous, Best Tourism, Best Antique Tractor or Best Classic Car. There is a special award for the "Judges Choice!" No pre-registration required for floats or costumes. Contact Leech Lake Chamber of Commerce (547-1313) for more details.
Visit the Fish Fry and Beer Garden sponsored by the Rotary and Lions Club from 2-10 p.m. While getting your stomach filled, view live entertainment by Power Play from 4-11 p.m.
Once dark hits, get back to City Park or Walker Bay for spectacular views of the fireworks show.
Whichever community you choose to visit this Independence Day, there will be food, fun and fireworks for the whole family to enjoy! Be safe, respectful, and responsible this holiday and, as always, have a fabulous time expressing your patriotism!