It's hard to believe that it's already the Fourth of July. Since Independence Day falls on a Wednesday this year, the North Shore won't be quite as frantic with travelers making a long weekend out of the holiday. That means a great opportunity for North Shore fans to enjoy some great Fourth of July traditions.
It's going to be a lovely day, with breezes off Lake Superior keeping temps in the 70s despite the statewide heat advisory.
Tofte Wilderness Trek
Start your day off right with a 10 kilometer run (or walk) through the woods and ridges near Tofte. Just show up in Tofte at 7:45 AM for same-day registration. Here's more info.
Too hot to run along the North Shore? Sit and watch a parade instead. Festival at the Tofte Town Hall from 11-5, and parade at 2:00. Watch to make sure no float goes by twice.
Come to Two Harbors and the bandshell in Thomas Owens park at 7:30 PM for a patriotic concert of American favorites.
What's a Fourth of July without the pyrotechnics? Here's a quick run-down of where to catch a small-town show on the Shore. All shows start at dusk, about 10:00 PM in these northern latitudes.
Grand Portage on the lakeshore by the Lodge and Casino, at dusk
Grand Marais, in the harbor from Recreational Park to Artist Point
Tofte, in the Town Park
Two Harbors, by the Depot
See you on the shore tomorrow!