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Local communities set to celebrate Fourth of July

Thousands of spectators watch the 4th of July fireworks display Wednesday at Bandshell Community Park in Austin.

The weather forecast calls for a picture-perfect Fourth of July, and a number of communities are prepared to celebrate.

Here are some options for your Fourth of July festivities.

Austin, July 4:Part of the four days of Freedom Fest. Parade at 11 a.m. Austin Symphony Orchestra concert in Bandshell Park from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., followed by fireworks.

Blooming Prairie, July 4:Parade at 2:30 p.m. Fireworks at Victory Field at 10 p.m.

Cannon Falls, July 4:Part of the Cannon Valley Fair. Parade at 11:30 a.m. Music in the grandstand from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.


Eitzen, July 4: Part of Eitzen Family Fun Fest. Grand parade at noon. Fireworks at dusk.

Historic Forestville, July 4:Music, games, displays. 1860s baseball at noon.

Harmony, July 4: Grand parade at 3 p.m. Music in North Park. Fireworks at dusk.

Lake City, July 4: Music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fireworks over Lake Pepin at dusk.

Northfield, July 4:A kids carnival and parade from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bridge Square, followed by a fireworks show at approximately 10 p.m.

Oronoco, July 4: Pot luck at 5 p.m. in Oronoco Park. Music and fireworks at 10 p.m.

Rochester, July 4: The Rochester Concert Band performs a patriotic concert the Silver Lake Park soccer field. Fireworks over the lake at 10 p.m.

Stewartville, July 4: A grand parade at 6:30 p.m. and Fireworks at Florence Park at dusk.


Treasure Island, July 3:From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sell Out Stereo will rock the outdoor stage, taking a break at dusk for the biggest fireworks display in Southern Minnesota.

Wabasha, July 4:Fireworks at dusk at the Athletic Field.

Wanamingo, July 4:Part of a four-day celebration. Grand Parade begins at Maple Island at 2:30 p.m., followed by a horse pull, duck float, keg throw and fire department water fight. Fireworks at dusk.

Caroline Sems, 3, is just a little short of the pedals in her "Tot Rod," so she gets a tow from her father, Andy Sems, during the 2012 Rochester Jaycees Fourth of July Kids Parade.

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