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(Jed Carlson/ Fireworks explode over the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior on the Fourth of July 2017.

Douglas County celebrates independence, good neighbors and more next week.


Independence Day activities in Superior center around Heritage Park and Barker’s Island this year.

The Citizens Fourth of July Committee holds free kids activities from 9 a.m. to noon at Heritage Park, 2828 Hammond Ave. The parade begins at 11 a.m. This year’s route travels from Superior Middle School to Superior High School along Hammond Avenue and North 28th Street. The Grand Marshal will be Air Force Maj. Richard “Dick” Keskinen. The Superior Singers perform a Beatles tribute at 1 p.m. at Heritage Park.

The second annual Dennis VanAlstine Memorial Car and Motorcycle Show begins at 2 p.m. on Barker’s Island. Enjoy live music at Barker’s Island Festival Park when Crescent Moon takes the stage 2-6 p.m. followed by Aftershock from 6:30 to 11 p.m.

Fireworks will be launched from a barge courtesy of Roen Salvage at dusk off Barker’s Island. Visit for more information.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market has been canceled for the holiday.

Bong Center

Meet former presidents at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center. The center welcomes Teddy Roosevelt impersonator Adam Lindquist and Gary Stramm, who portrays his fifth cousin, Franklin Roosevelt.

Four scheduled presentations cover a variety of topics from FDR’s perception of the home front during World War II to Teddy Roosevelt’s experiences with the Great War. In between, guests are welcome to have personal conversations with both presidents and learn about the artifacts they brought with them.

Presentations include Teddy Roosevelt and the First Great War at 10 a.m. followed by FDR and the Home Front at 11:30 a.m. Afternoon sessions include The Great White Fleet and Teddy Roosevelt’s Big Stick at 2 p.m. and Inside FDR at 3:30 p.m.

Admission to the center will be half price until it closes at 8 p.m. and is free for veterans all day.

Lake Nebagamon

Fourth of July celebrations team up with community events for a week of fun in Lake Nebagamon.

Activities begin with the 70th anniversary Bartender Reunion Party at 6:30 p.m. July 3 at Bridge’s Bar, with music by Russ Darwin.

The Fourth of July kicks off with a non-denominational service at sunrise on the public beach. A vendor show runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lake Nebagamon Auditorium, and Len & Lois bring their musical stylings to the downtown stage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Races and kids games begin at 1 p.m. at the public beach and Rising Sun Entertainment provides music at the downtown stage 2-3:45 p.m.

A parade takes place downtown at 4 p.m., with Similar Dogs on the downtown stage from 5:30-7:30 p.m. A boat parade begins at 7 p.m. on the lake. The downtown stage features music by the Country from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, with fireworks at dusk.

The Nebagamon Community Association sponsors a community picnic fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 5, with music by John & Andy at Bridge’s Bar 7-11 p.m.

“Fairway to Heaven,” a free concert with four tribute bands, rocks Botten’s Golf Course on July 6. Enjoy a Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper tribute band at 3 p.m., the Beatles tribute band Rubber Soul at 5:30 p.m., SFO, a Journey tribute band with salutes to Kansas and Foreigner at 8 p.m. and Tom Petty tribute band Free Fallin at 10:30 p.m.

The Lake Nebagamon Volunteer Fire Department’s Dragontail Run begins at 9 a.m. July 7 in front of the Lake Nebagamon Auditorium. Stop inside the auditorium for a chance to snag a silent auction prize from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., with proceeds earmarked for the fire department.

Deepwater Music School will provide music prior to and after the run at the downtown stage. Rickey Lee Briggs performs from 2-5 p.m. at Patti’s Dockside and everyone’s invited to a street dance with nationally touring artists Reed Grimm and Russ King from 8 p.m. to midnight.


Gordon Good Neighbor Days runs July 6-8.

Enjoy the 11th annual thrift sales and flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 6 on Finstad Avenue. There is no fee to participate. Bring your own table; first come, first serve. Enjoy outside food and beer sales beginning at 4 p.m. and live music by Detour on Finstad Avenue 7-11 p.m.

Fuel up for fun during the pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. July 7 at the Presbyterian Church. Register for the Gordon Memorial 5K Run/Family Fun Walk in Warner Park from 7:30 to 8 a.m. The 5K starts at 8:05 a.m. and the fun walk begins at 8:15 a.m.

Vendors and crafters will offer items for sale beginning at 8:30 a.m. in downtown Gordon. The historical society hosts an ice cream social from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Friends of the Bird Sanctuary will have a dunk tank in downtown Gordon, a fundraiser for the group's Gordon fire tower project. A car show takes place next to the Gordon Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A parade will wind through downtown Gordon at 2 p.m. featuring Grand Marshall John Cosgrove. The day wraps up with a 4 p.m. duck race at the County Road Y bridge over the Eau Claire River, kids races and games at 7:30 p.m. at Warner Park, live music by Austin Fire at the park from 8 p.m., to midnight and world class fireworks over the park and Mooney Ball Field after dark.

The festivities wrap up with a mud volleyball tournament July 8 with registration at 10 a.m. Games start at 11:30 a.m. at Warner Park.

Tri Lakes

With Tri Lakes Road closed indefinitely, no road or boat parades will be held this year. The kayak and canoe races are also cancelled.

The annual Turkey Pot Luck begins at 6 p.m. July 6. Fireworks will be set off at the Corbin’s ball field at dusk.

Tee off at the Pattison Park Golf Course for a mixed nine-hole scramble and steak dinner July 7. Stop by or call (715) 399-2489 for a tee time. The weekend caps off with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. July 8 at the Tri Lakes Community Center, with proceeds earmarked for the Oakland and Summit volunteer fire departments.

Solon Springs

Solon Springs celebrates Independence Day on July 7 this year. Enjoy kids games next to Mertz Rookey Insurance Agency at 11 a.m. and a parade down Main Street at noon. Pontoon rides will be provided by members of the lake association in front of the St. Croix Inn 1-4 p.m. A boat parade kicks off at 4 p.m. The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra fills Lucius Woods with music during a summer concert at 7 p.m. and fireworks will fill the sky across the lake from the St. Croix Inn at dark. The beach at Lucius Woods Park also makes a good viewing location.