Crowds flock to Two Harbors for July 4
Lake County residents celebrated Independence Day in their own ways Wednesday, with a parade on a lake, a pulled pork and pie fundraiser, music and the traditional fireworks display in Two Harbors.
On Marble Lake, about 20 miles north of Two Harbors, people enjoying a quiet holiday on the water decided to improvise a Fourth of July boat parade, decorating boats and passing by docks for spectators to cheer.
Back in Two Harbors, Community Partners kicked off the annual Heritage Days celebration a day early with a new event, a pork and pie fundraiser, in the Two Harbors Community Center.
More than 500 people attended the event, which featured barbecue pork sandwiches and pie from the Rustic Inn in Castle Danger. Community Partners is a nonprofit dedicated to helping seniors live independently and in their homes as long as possible.
Outside the fundraiser, the Northwoods Band entertained the crowd as they ate. Vocalist Hunter McCulloch even ventured into the crowd during one song to pump up the crowd and get a few folks dancing in the street outside the building.
Music took center stage following the fundraiser at Thomas Owens Park, with the Two Harbors City Band making its annual Independence Day performance at the bandshell while kids ran and played. The approximately one-hour concert included performances of “America, the Beautiful” and “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Formed in 1897, the Two Harbors City Band is among the oldest continually performing city bands in Minnesota.
A larger crowd than usual gathered in Two Harbors to watch the fireworks display this year after the Duluth show was postponed due to inclement weather. The show started about 9:45 p.m. with just a hint of fog still hanging over Agate Bay and lasted about 20 minutes.
Silver Bay also had a fireworks display Wednesday.