SimplyGrand ways to celebrate Independence Day

Rumor has it, this 4th of July will be sizzling…and I’m not just talking about the temps. In addition to all the awesome attractions, scenic parks, superb shopping and dining we offer every single day, our holiday to-dos add even more sparkle to these #SimplyGrand cities.

Here are just five examples of ways for y’all to have a blast on Independence Day.


Kick off 4th of July with a fun, festive, fitness-filled event!  The Firecracker 5K is still on, with an added Independent option this year that allows participants to do their own social distancing run/walk.  Before strapping on those sneaks and hitting our streets, visit to register and download a race brochure, which includes details on the two race options and the safety measures that will be implemented.


Greater Grand Forks has numerous public parks that deliver lovely views, places to play and spots to dine alfresco.  One of my favorites is Lincoln Drive Park.  Just in case Mother Nature decides to be uncooperative, they have numerous sheltered picnic tables that may be reserved at  Lincoln also offers grills free for public use on a BYOB (Bring Your Own Briquettes) first come, first served basis.  Beforehand, make a stop at L&M Meats to purchase some locally produced brats, burgers, chops, ribs or steaks perfect for all you carnivores.  Hugo’s Family Marketplace is the place to pick up vegetarian protein alternatives, as well as fresh baked buns plus an assortment of sides and desserts.  After a filling lunch or dinner, wear off a few of those calories with a game or two of frisbee golf, horseshoe or volleyball.  There’s also an adjacent dog park in case you wanna take Fido for a walk.


Ideally situated on the banks of the Red River near Downtown, Boathouse on the Red is one of the region's only kayak, canoe and stand up paddleboard rental spots.  It also happens to be an ideal way to channel our wonderous waterways.  For those novices out there, the friendly Boathouse staff will be happy to offer a little pre-launch tutorial.  Check ‘em out this holiday weekend and have some fun where the Red heads Up North! Hours of operation are 10 AM to 8 PM on Saturdays & Sundays.


Even though it is a holiday, several bars and restaurants will be open for business; so, let’s plan a Downtown dine around!  Pick a few favorite local establishments, then map out your menu and route.  For example, make The Blue Moose Bar & Grill, on the East Grand Forks Boardwalk, your first stop.  Once seated on The Moose’s large deck overlooking the river, order one of their legendary Long Island Teas and a couple dishes from the large tapas menu filled with tasty small plates.  Afterward, take a leisurely stroll over the Sorlie Bridge to the North Dakota side.  Make a left at the corner of DeMers Avenue & 3rd Street and walk a couple blocks to Rhombus Guys Brewing Company.  While there, be sure to try their famously delicious Scotch eggs, with a house-made hard seltzer or beer chaser.  Finish your terrific trifecta with a third and final stop, a few blocks up 3rd Street, at Half Brothers Brewing Company.  The usual order here includes a spicylicious Buffalo Chicken or Heat Wagon pizza and flight of Half Brothers awesome ales to cool off your taste buds.  In case you’ve imbibed a little too much, Grand Forks has several taxi companies, along with both Uber and Lyft, to getcha home safely. 


Unfortunately, the Sertoma Fourth of July Festival has been canceled due to COVID-19. However, the amazing Fireworks Show is still a go!  Things will get started around 10:30 PM near the Scheels Sports Complex (4301 South 20th Street).  Best leave early if you wanna nab a prime parking spot and perhaps make a pre-show swing thru the nearby Dairy Queen for a sweet ‘n creamy treat to eat while watching all the sparks fly. 

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