News Release

Contact: Dave Badeaux, Brainerd Community Action

Contact Information: 218-829-5278,, 321 South 7th Street | Brainerd, MN 56401

For Immediate Release: May 22, 2020

Historic Brainerd Water Tower on 4th of July (c) Jeff Mozey Photography

Brainerd 4th of July Parade and Entertainment Canceled. Arts in the Park Postponed. Fireworks to Remain.

Brainerd, MN — The fireworks will go on! Brainerd has often been referred to as Minnesota’s 4th of July capital and although it may be slightly different than our traditional celebration, we are committed to provide a firework display rivaling those of our past. “This year is all about picking ourselves back up, dusting off, and finding ways of making the best with what we are allowed to do, rather than focus on what we cannot,” said Community Action Executive Director, Dave Badeaux.

In an effort to support our local artists, the annual Arts in the Park event, which usually coincides with 4th of July, is postponed. Further details will be released in the coming weeks outlining the date and other necessary measures to ensure a safe and fun-filled community centric event.

Brainerd Community Action’s board has taken preemptive measures and began meeting weekly at the onset of COVID-19. They have addressed countless alternative options for the two major events, with due diligence and utmost care, focusing on the overall community safety before making the imperative decisions. At the end of the day, the reality of hosting an event simply proves too uncertain and led us to the difficult decision of changing tradition. We understand this is not ideal, but our hope was to continue a small portion of our tradition, if not in its entirety. “It pains us to make this tough decision, but ultimately we have to do what is in the best interest for all those involved, especially our community members, family and friends. Right now, that means looking at things from fresh perspectives and finding new ways to celebrate the birth of our great nation.” Badeaux concluded.


Submitted photo: Historic Brainerd Water Tower on 4th of July (c) Jeff Mozey Photography