First of all, Happy Independence Day to you! If you’re reading this that means I wasn’t too sunburned and I was able to pick up the laptop and type away about our typical, wonderful, holiday celebration in my hometown.
Our day starts off in the town of Crosby with the parade. We used to go to the Brainerd parades all the time but the people start roping off their spots a week in advance and it’s basically 2 hours worth of fire trucks so we, for the last 15 years or so, have opted to go to the parade in Crosby instead. In Brainerd they are not allowed to throw candy from the floats in case someone were to get hurt. In Crosby the children always came home with gallon sized Ziploc bags full of it. A definite plus in their books!
After the parade our tradition has been to stop off at the Merrifield Lion’s Park for lunch before heading to Pelican Beach to swim. this year the State of Minnesota had to get their nose in the middle of our plans and shut down the government, thus closing Pelican Beach. This kind of threw our plans up in the air for a while, but determined not to let it get us down, we found an alternate location this year. We ate at Deerwood Park and then headed to Garrison for some swimming on Mille Lacs.
Once we’ve had our fill of fun in the sun, it’s time to get our fill of pizza too. We called ahead to Papa John’s, ordered 2 large pizzas and brought them to Gregory Park where we lounged on blankets in the shade.
On to the finale- fireworks! We arrived at the high school football field at 7:30pm in anticipation of the big event. If you don’t get there 3 hours before hand you will never find a close enough place to park. Brainerd, being the Fourth of July capitol, draw some rather large crowds! We waited eagerly for 10:15 to come so we could see the shy light up with reds, purples, & golds and it was well worth the wait! Our vantage point was awesome and we ooh’ed and ahh’ed for almost a half hour before packing up out gear and heading for home. It was a late one for Jeff who has to get up at 3 am for work, but everyone enjoyed the day!