7/2/2019 8:44:00 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 3 in Longville for Turtle Races! Registration begins 1 p.m.
July Fourth in Longville will be a fun-filled day with the annual parade, food, games and more.
Kicking off at 10 a.m. are free inflatable games next to the Information Booth, pie sales and a food court on and around Main Street. Food available includes hot dogs provided by Longville Lions, SnoCones near Frosty's, walking tacos and cotton candy provided by Longville Lions, bake sale provided by YAH Club and food trucks Hunter's and The Woodpile!
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. Head down to Full Stringer Bait & Tackles for Gunner's Paint Ball Blast at the same time!
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 fun and games on Main Street. Make sure to be around at 12:15 p.m. for a number of Kid's Contests and dancing! Sponsored by Longville Chamber of Commerce.
At 12:30 p.m., X-Game gold medalist "Launchin'" Levi LaVallee sign autographs and take photos with fans.
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 such as pizza, breakfast, lunch and sandwiches, 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.
On July 5, take a dive for a Sand Volleyball Tournament! Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Stuart Community Park. Teams of four, with any number of teens or adults, men or women, begin playing at 9:00 a.m. For more information or to pre-register, call John at 319-240-8441.
The fun isn't over yet! On July 7, enjoy Music in the Park from 5-7 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church featuring the Monroe Crossing Bluegrass and Gospel Music Band - rain or shine!
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 13 during annual Sweetheart days, running July and until July 14!
Outing has a fantastic fireworks display slated at dusk on Saturday, July 6, over Lawrence Lake. Visit the Clearwater Lodge or Village Inn for a filling meal beforehand! The Crooked Lake Fire Department is hosting a Fireman Fair and Street Dance in the parking lot across from Luscher's Park beginning at 4 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 beginning at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. provided by First National Bank North. Check out some Free Kids Games and Girl Scouts Rootbeer Floats from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
From 12-3 p.m., head over to Traveling Art Pub for Walker Bay Live! Featuring food and libations from Lucky Moose, live music from My Famous Friends, free freezies, face painting, games and open paint.
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 Terry Holly at 218-252-8070 or Bruce Pederson at 547-2576 for more details.
Visit the Fish Fry and Beer Garden sponsored by the Rotary and Lions Club from 2-8 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!