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Bold stripes, Bright stars, Brave hearts – Big 4th doings at Detroit Lake, Mill City

Two days of fun in the sun are set for this weekend at Detroit Lake.

The weather forecast calls for sunny weather and highs of 86 for both days.

Here is a look at what’s in store for Detroit Lake-area visitors, with he;p from their friends at the Detroit Lake Foundation and the Detroit Lake Recreation and Business Association.

Friday, June 30

Party in the Park runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Detroit City Park. Beer and barbecue will be available starting at 5 p.m., with music from Silverton singer/songwriter Lexi Tucker starting at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the event will help pay for the fireworks at next year’s celebration.

Saturday, July 1

A pancake feast that benefits the Idanha-Detroit Rural Fire Protection District runs from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Detroit Community Center.

At noon a golf cart parade featuring children, animals, bikes – and golf carts – takes place at Detroit City Park. Participants should line up at 11:30 a.m.

At 6 p.m. there will be music and games in the park, with a beer garden, food vendors and music by Toby Worthington and the Fabulous Bad Cats. 

At dusk the annual Fireworks Over the Lake will fire up, thanks to sponsor Siegmund Excavation and Construction.

Tuesday, July 4 

Meanwhile, in Mill City, the city-run celebration is focused on veterans, with this year’s theme being “Freedom Isn’t Free – A Tribute to our Veterans.”

The four parade grand marshals include three former Marines, Charlie Fink, Lynn Minton and Patrick Rahm and well as former Coast Guard Petty Officer Misty Strasser.

Independence Day opens with a 7 to 11 a.m. Lions Club breakfast in the commons at Santiam High. 

The Rick Posekany Memorial Run/Walk, which features 5K and 10K events, gets rolling at 9 a.m. on Southwest Evergreen Street. Vendors and an arts/craft fair will run all day at Kimmel Park, with dedication of the Nickolas S. Welch Basketball Court set for 10 a.m.

The parade gets rolling at Kimmel at noon, with those wanting their entries judged needing to register by 11 a.m.

Sports activities in the afternoon include 3 on 3 basketball and horseshoe tournaments at 1 p.m. at Kimmel, with fireworks set for dusk at the park, which is a 471 SE Fairview St.

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