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Fourth of July Festivities in Northern Minnesota

Photo by Reed Ylitalo of Pokegama Lake Fireworks.


The Fourth of July in Northern Minnesota create fun festivities for the entire family to enjoy. Heading up north over the Fourth of July has become a tradition for many generations. We encourage more people to head north over the Fourth of July to enjoy the lakes, trails, an abundance of Minnesota’s nature and of course…FUN! Here are some places around Grand Rapids, Minnesota where you can enjoy Fourth of July festivities and fun for the entire family!

Nashwauk, Minnesota 

Small town’s are known for big annual festivals, and Nashwauk, Minnesota goes all out for their annual Fourth of July festival. The population of 983 swells to thousands over their two-day annual festival. Some of the activities going on over the two-days are: flea market and craft sale, street car show, live music both nights, red rock run, kids activities, a parade and of course fireworks! There will food trucks and a beer garden. Fun for all ages!

Hill City, Minnesota 

This small town located in northern Minnesota hosts a multi-day annual festival. Depending on how the Fourth of July lands is how long they celebrate! The residents and businesses come together for this annual festival that hosts over 20 different activities over 4-5 days. You will find live music, karaoke, Lion’s breakfast, flea market in the park, 5 k fun run, a parade, street games, kids activities, a pie auction, tractor pull, a bean bag tournament, fireworks, more live music, and an old fashion potluck picnic. This is definitely one you will want to pace yourself for! Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun!

Lake Pokegama Fireworks

The City of Grand Rapids and donors put on a special firework display over Lake Pokegama. Shuttles will run from Essentia Grand Rapids Clinic starting on the 4th of July starting at 8:00pm. The shuttles will bring people to the Pokegama Golf Course. There will be food and beverages being offered for sale by the Pokegama Grill.  The fireworks go off just after dusk, typically around 9:45pm. Bring a blanket or chairs to sit on, and enjoy the show. There is something very special watching the fireworks from the water as well. People can watch the fireworks from the water in their boats. Something to keep in mind, make sure you stay 500 ft away from the banks of the Pokegama Golf Course (where they will be shooting the fireworks off from), and make sure that your navigation lights are in working order. Landings on Pokegama Lake do fill up, so get the boat in early and enjoy a day on the water. There are several restaurants on Pokegama: Zorbaz, Pickled Loon and Pokegama Grill at the Pokegama Golf Course. 

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