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Different area Fourth of July activities planned throughout the week

Albert Lea will host a variety of activities this year throughout the week of the Fourth of July, including a parade, fireworks and baseball games.

The Albert Lea Lakers will play four games throughout the week, three of which are at their home field, Hayek Park. This is the third season for the expansion team, which is part of the Pioneer League.

The annual Third of July Parade will follow its route from the Freeborn County Fairgrounds south on Bridge Avenue to Fountain Street and end at Central Park at 6 p.m. Parade units will line up at 5 p.m.

On the Fourth of July, the Bayside Ski Team will host its annual ski show at 1 p.m. along Edgewater Bay. There will also be a car show at 2 p.m. on Broadway Avenue. This event has grown progressively larger over the years as participants vie for the American Legion’s Choice, Mayor’s Choice and People’s Choice trophies. There are also door prizes, music and food at the free event.

The Community Band will play at 8 p.m. July 4 at the gazebo prior to the fireworks being set off over Fountain Lake at dusk.

Food vendors will be downtown throughout many of the festivities, including the parade and fireworks display.

The Pelican Breeze II will host a boat tour from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 4. There will also be cruises from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 5 and 1:30 to 3 p.m. July 7. Rides are $10 per person.

Three Oak Winery will host a Summer Wine Festival from 2 to 7 p.m. July 6. Live music will be played by Easy Heart from 3 to 7 p.m. Those who plan to attend are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

The NRHEG marching band took part in last year’s Third of July Parade. – Colleen Harrison/Albert Lea Tribune

Schedule of events

July 2

6:45 p.m.: Albert Lea Lakers vs. Storm Lake Whitecaps at Hayek Field


July 3

Noon: Albert Lea Lakers vs. Bancroft Bandits at Hayek Field

6 p.m.: Third of July Parade


July 4

1 p.m.: Bayside Ski Team ski show at Edgewater Bay

2-6 p.m.: 10th annual car show on North Broadway Avenue

6-8 p.m.: Pelican Breeze cruise departs from Frank Hall Park

7-8 p.m.: Community Band performs at gazebo

Dusk: Fireworks over Fountain Lake


July 5

6-7:30 p.m.: Pelican Breeze cruise departs from Frank Hall Park


July 6

2-7 p.m.: Summer Wine Festival at Three Oak Winery

6:45 p.m.: Albert Lea Lakers vs. Peak Prospects at Hayek Field


July 7

1:30-3 p.m.: Pelican Breeze cruise departs from Frank Hall Park


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