Aside from Fourth of July festivities ringing through International Falls, the communities of Birchdale and Big Falls also welcome visitors to join in on Independence Day celebrations.
Birchdale will kick off the celebrations with its annual parade at 11 a.m.
According to Soren Olesen, organizer, the popular event called “America’s Parade,” draws in “spectacular floats, fire trucks and bag pipers.”
Olesen said the teen singing sensation Justin Bieber has been invited to join in on the fun. And while its unlikely the popstar will show, Olesen is confident fellowship will spread around the community in full force.
Following the parade, Olesen said everyone is invited to the “World’s Greatest Potluck.” The food will be served at the Birchdale Community Building.
“After (the potluck), there will be games for the kids and young at heart,” Olesen said.
Big Falls will hold its annual Fourth of July Festival Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 4.
A potluck supper will be held at 6 p.m. July 3. A street dance with Fort Frances band The Poor Boys will follow the meal at 9 p.m.
On July 4, the festivities will start at 9 a.m. with a community auction at the pavilion. An Olson Memorial Horseshoe Tournament will begin at 10 a.m. Also at that time, a treasure hunt will kick off with clues posted at the Big Falls Community Building. Art, craft, novelty and food stands will also open at 10 a.m.
Lunch will start at 11 a.m. at the community building. Also at 11 a.m. will be a kamikaze rubber ducky race and opening of a bounce house. Children’s races will start at 12:30 p.m. in front of the community building. Bingo, games for children and adults at the water tower, a loader contest, dunk tank and minnow races all open at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., a sawdust pile, Dave Stadler’s sawing exhibition and a sawing contest will begin.
A kiddie parade will start at 3:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for first through third places. Participants are to line up for the main parade at 4 p.m. The parade begins at 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for three categories: patriotic, original and antique car.
The featured band “Back Home” will play at 6:30 p.m. at the pavilion. The Poor Boys will follow that act at 8 p.m. with a street dance. Raffle drawings will be held at 9 p.m. at the ball park. Fireworks will begin at dusk.