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Where to celebrate Independence Day in Douglas County

Summer heats up with events throughout the county.

Fireworks explode over Warner Park in Gordon during the 2018 Gordon Good Neighbor Days. Registration is being taken and volunteers sought for this year's event July 5-7. (Photo by Jesse Smith of Gordon Good Neighbor Days)
Fireworks explode over Warner Park in Gordon during the 2018 Gordon Good Neighbor Days. Registration is being taken and volunteers sought for this year's event July 5-7. (Photo by Jesse Smith of Gordon Good Neighbor Days)
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Gordon Good Neighbor Days

July 5: Thrift sales and flea market, 1-6 p.m.; bags tournament, 4 p.m., Gordon Town Hall, with registration at 3 p.m.; Live broadcast by WGMO, 3-5 p.m.

July 6: Pancake breakfast, 7-11 a.m. , Presbyterian Church; registration for Gordon Memorial 5K Run, 7-8 a.m., Warner Park, race starts at 8:05 a.m.; Historical Society ice cream social, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dunk tank, 10 am. to 3 p.m.; car show, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., downtown Gordon; parade, theme "Through the Decades," 2 p.m.; family fun games and pie eating contest, 2:30-4 p.m., Gordon Town Hall Pavilion; duck race, 4 p.m., County Road Y bridge; kids races and games, 7:30 p.m., Warner Park; live music by EverRoad, 8 p.m. to midnight, Warner Park; fireworks, after dark.

July 7: Mud volleyball registration, 10 a.m., Warner Park, with tournament play at 11:30 a.m.

Lake Nebagamon

July 3: Live music with “John and Andy," 7-10 p.m.

July 4: Sunrise church service, 10:30 a.m., public beach, followed by a vendor fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lake Nebagamon Auditorium; kids games, 1 p.m.; DJ music and open mic, 2 p.m.; parade, 4 p.m.; boat parade, 7 p.m.; live music street dance with The County, 7:30-11:30 p.m.; fireworks, dusk.


July 5: The second annual Fairway to Heaven live music event, 2 p.m., Botten’s Green Acres.

July 6: Dragontail Run and Lake Nebagamon Fire Department auction fundraiser, 9 a.m.; Nebagamon Community Association barbecue fundraiser, 5-7 p.m., street dance with live music by Flywheel, 8 p.m.

Solon Springs Family Fun Days

July 6: Vendors and crafts, 9 a.m., Main Street; Kids Corner including games and a scavenger hunt, 11 a.m., grassy area next to Mertz Rookey Insurance Agency; parade, noon, Main Street; free pontoon rides from the St. Croix Inn dock, 1 p.m.; fireworks over Upper Saint Croix Lake, dusk.


July 4: Half-price tours at Fairlawn, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., SS Meteor, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Old Firehouse and Police Museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; parade on Belknap Street, 11 a.m.; Dennis VanAlstine Memorial Car and Motorcycle Show featuring Aftershock, noon to 6 p.m. on Tower Avenue between Belknap and Broadway streets; Superior Singers, 1 p.m., Pilgrim Lutheran Church; Mount Rushmore Live, 1:30-5 p.m., Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, free admission; Lady Liberty Pinup Contest, 2 p.m.; live music, 6-10:30 p.m., Barker’s Island Festival Park; fireworks, Barker’s Island, dusk.


July 3: Turkey potluck dinner, 6-7 p.m., Tri-Lakes Community Center.

July 4: Canoe and kayak races, 1 p.m., meet at Lake Amnicon landing at 12:30 p.m., single and double kayaks, two-person canoe teams, prizes awarded.

July 6: Parade, noon, line-up and registration at 11:30 a.m., intersection of Tri Lakes and Finn Point roads, cash prizes awarded, theme is "Bold Stripes, Bright Stars and Brave Heroes,” a salute to our troops; boat parade, 4 p.m., line-up and registration, near the dock at Amnicon Acres Campground at 3:30 p.m., prizes awarded; fireworks over Lake Amnicon, dusk.

July 7: Pancake breakfast, 8-11 a.m., proceeds go to Oakland and Summit volunteer fire departments; nondenominational church service, 10 a.m., community center.


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