Fourth of July festivities planned

A full day of festivities promises to keep community members entertained on July 4 this year.

Festival of the Parks will take place in the Scandinavian Heritage Park with breakfast at 8 a.m., a church service at 9:15 a.m. and a wide variety of entertainment lasting until 3 p.m. The Minot City Band will take the stage at 11 a.m., followed by a patriotic program at noon, a juggling act performed by Justin Huneke at 1 p.m., Green Man at 2 p.m. and the Dakota Rose Band at 3 p.m. Admission for the event is $1.

There will also be food vendors available and kids activities starting at noon, said Terry Aldrich, committee member for Festival of the Parks and executive director for the Minot Area Council of the Arts. “We’ll have events throughout the day,” she added. “We’ll have Celtic and country music and juggling and a patriotic program, so it should be a great day.”

“Festival of the Parks is an annual community event,” Aldrich said. “For one dollar, it’s a wonderful way to celebrate Independence Day. And because of the patriotic aspect, it’s a wonderful thing to do for families and it’s important to celebrate and remember what it’s about.”

Aldrich said they’re encouraging people to make their way up to the Dakota Territory Air Museum after the Dakota Rose Band performance at Festival of the Parks. The Dakota Territory Air Museum is having an open house on July 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a dedication ceremony of the new Flying Legends wing at 6:30 p.m. Voices of Freedom, a musical group from Texas, will give a performance at 7 p.m. and there will also be a dance taking place from 8:15 to 11 p.m. Ending the evening will be a fireworks display at 11 p.m. The event at the air museum is also free.