Brainerd is Minnesota’s 4th of July Capital With Events All Across the Lakes Area

For more than 50 years, Brainerd has celebrated the 4th of July in style, with a community festival that shouldn’t be missed. Come for all, or part of it, and you’ll surely find good food, family fun, a parade and fantastic fireworks in Downtown Brainerd.

Brainerd, MN: 4th of July Celebration

Sunday, June 26

    • 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
    • Gregory Park located at 511 N 5th St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Every year Brainerd Community Action gathers hundreds of artists and vendors in beautiful Gregory Park for what has become the area’s leading summer arts fair. Arts in the Park is free to attend and is the perfect way to spend an afternoon supporting the arts, learning more about local nonprofit organizations, and experiencing all the park has to offer.

Monday, July 4

    •  10:15 p.m.
    • Don Adamson Field (Brainerd High School Football Field)

NEW ROUTE IN 2022: Thousands of people gather as spectators to enjoy the annual 4th of July Parade. The parade begins at 6:00 p.m. and starts near Mickey’s Pizza and Subs (417 S 5th St, Brainerd, MN 56401), travels north on South 5th Street to Laurel Street, then heads west on Laurel Street to East River Road, turns south on East River Road, and ends at the intersection of East River Road and College Drive at the grandstand of Don Adamson Field. For parking, try on-street parking just outside of the parade route, in City parking lots located at 7th and Laurel Street (in between Sage on Laurel and Crow Wing Co-Op), 7th and Front Street, City Hall located at 6th and Laurel Street, parking lot on South 4th Street, Kiwanis Park, and at Don Adamson Field parking lot along College Road.

There’s only one thing America loves more than America itself—FIREWORKS! Many cities compete for the honor of having the best 4th of July fireworks in the USA, but we think that Brainerd’s are the best. Tune in to B93.3 FM radio as you watch because the fireworks will be synchronized to music.

Regional Events:

Brainerd and Baxter are the heart of the beautiful Brainerd Lakes Area which also boasts dozens of activities in the communities of Crosslake, Cuyuna, Nisswa and Pequot Lakes. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

Cuyuna Lakes, MN: 4th of July Celebration: July 4, 2022

  • 11:00 a.m.—Parade with a route from Ironton to Crosby
  • Fun in the park all day (beer tent, food vendors, live music and more)
  • Dusk—Fireworks display at dusk over Serpent Lake

Nisswa, MN: Freedom Days Celebration & Parade: July 3, 2022

Activities throughout the day including Turtle Races, Water Wars, live music, food vendors and more. The Freedom Days parade starts at 7 pm.

Pequot Lakes, MN: Stars & Stripes Days

Sunday, July 3:

  • 5:00 p.m.  Food Vendors (South Trailside Park)
  • 5:00 p.m. Bean Bag Toss Tournament Registration (South Trailside Park): $10 per team, 2 players per team. Youth Bracket 8-14 years old. Adult Bracket 15+ years old. Cash prizes for 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place in each bracket! Rules are TBD
  • 5:00 p.m. Kid’s Activities (South Trailside Park): Bungee Trampoline, Bounce House, & Kids Climb
  • 6:00 p.m. Bean Bag Toss Tournament (South Trailside Park)
  • 7:00 p.m. Live Music by The Rusty Crayfish Brass Band
  • DUSK Fireworks by Flashing Thunder (Pequot Lakes High School practice field); best viewing locations: Trailside Parks, Pequot Lakes School and TDS parking lot.

Monday, July 4:

  • 7:00–11:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast (Pequot Lakes Fire Hall on Main Street)
  • 9:00–3:00 p.m. Craft Fair & Food Vendors (South Trailside Park)
  • 5:00 p.m. Kid’s Activities (South Trailside Park): Bungee Trampoline, Bounce House & Kids Climb, Water Wars
  • 9:30 a.m. Kiddie Parade (Band Shelter, North Trailside Park)
  • 10:30 a.m. Pie Eating Contest (Location TBD) $5 per person. Cash Prize for winners!
  • 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Beer Garden (Pequot Lakes American Legion Post #49)
  • 12:00 p.m. Stars & Stripes Days Parade

Additional Fireworks Displays

July 2: Crosslake, MN – Display begins at 10:00pm and can be enjoyed on the water or from the shores of Cross Lake. Display is launched from Sand Island.

For lodging information and a list of other events happening in Brainerd/Baxter, visit our website or download the app.