Five ways to have fun on the Fourth

By Brenda Erdal:

As the country celebrates its in- dependence, Wednesday, July 4 with parades, barbeques, and fire- works, Maple Lake and surround- ing communities offer opportunities for locals to ring in the occasion.

Library 4th of July Parade

In Maple Lake, the fun kicks off on Monday, July 2 with the ninth annual Library 4th of July Parade. Any of the children taking part in either of the library’s two summer reading programs that morning, Storytime with Marie or Reading with Rowdy, will get the chance to march in their own parade. The programs begin at 9:30 a.m. at the McHugh building and you don’t need to pre-register to join in on the fun.

The children are asked to wear red, white, and blue that Monday. After a story about the 4th of July and America, the kids will get the chance to decorate white visors with patriotic stickers to wear in the parade. Each child also receives a flag to wave and is taught a couple simple patriotic songs to sing, or- ganizer Marie Mavencamp said. Once assembled, the kids, along with a few adults and of course Rowdy, the golden retriever from Reading with Rowdy, will start their march at about 10:15 a.m. From the McHugh building they will march on the sidewalk south along Birch Ave to the end of the block, cross over to the library and go north on Birch to Division where they will cross the street and head back to the McHugh building.

Business owners along the route are encouraged to step out and wave as the children pass by.

“I started the parade the first year I started storytime,” Mavencamp said. “I thought it would be fun for the children to celebrate their own parade in their own town.”

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