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Moose Lake hosts Fourth of July fest

Lifelong Moose Lake resident Larry Peterson loves the towns parade, and it's a good thing. This year, Peterson is the Fourth of July parade marshal.

"It was a surprise," Peterson said. He said he believes there were others more deserving, but he is quite honored to have been chosen.

Peterson has been president of a local bank, treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce as well as very involved in the community for many years.

This year's parade theme is "History Remembered" — a 100-year commemoration of the fires of 1918.

The holiday lands on a Wednesday, keeping Moose Lake to the traditional events.

The kids bike parade leads the way at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 3. The kids line up by H&R Block and end near Hope Lutheran Church.

The Fourth kicks off with a pancake fundraiser from 7-9:30 a.m. at the city park pavilion. The breakfast benefits mission trips.

The flea market and farmers market will be held an extra day this year. It will be set up at the Riverside Arena from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday as well as Saturday, June 30, and Saturday, July 7.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. and ends at the old school building.

A sloppy Joe lunch and pie and ice cream social will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at United Methodist Church.

The traditional family friendly events in the city park include a variety of games, live music and the Audubon Center bird show as well as other activities from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Nonstop music will be offered from 12:30-4 p.m., including Sandal Thief, Tony Don Tracy, Joe Kotiranta and Mary Rose & Jam.

Bingo will be hosted by the American Legion form noon to 10 p.m. at Moose Lake City Park.

The night culminates with a fireworks display, also at the city park around 10 p.m.

Because the Fourth falls in the middle of the week, the entertainment will continue the following weekend.

There will be live music and a beer garden Friday, July 6, and Saturday, July 7, at Moose Lake Muni.

A grand breakfast will be offered Sunday, July 8, from 8 a.m. to noon at Holy Angels Church.