Even though the pandemic has snuffed out many entertainment activities in the region, there are still some events for those looking to celebrate the Fourth of July in town this weekend.
As it has for years, the Sertoma Club is planning to present its annual fireworks display. It starts at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday near the Scheels Sports Complex, 4301 S. 20th St. However, the traditional daytime Sertoma Fourth of July Festival, the fun-filled, family-friendly event held downtown, was canceled due to COVID-19.
For the fireworks, it’s recommended that guests arrive early to get a choice parking spot.
The Firecracker 5K Fun Run and Walk, hosted by the Altru Family YMCA, begins at 8 a.m. Saturday on the Greenway in downtown Grand Forks. The event will operate with enhanced safety and distancing measures.
An independent 5K, a virtual option, is also planned for Friday through Sunday. Runners and walkers will complete a 5K on their own and submit their times.
More information is available at www.gfymca.org or call the YMCA at (701) 775-2586.
On the river
For the adventurous, the Boathouse on the Red, one of the region’s only kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboard rental operations, is open for business from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Located on the banks of the Red River near downtown Grand Forks, the Boathouse on the Red has staff members on hand to provide some instruction for novices.
Rates are $10 per paddler over 11 years old and $5 per paddler for one extra hour.
For more information, send an email to email@example.com.
Organizers of the Town Square Farmers Market are expecting more produce vendors to show up Saturday in the area between City Hall and the former Lyon’s Auto Supply store on North Fourth Street and Second Avenue.
“We’ll probably see lettuces and peas, and maybe some cukes and broccoli,” said Dawn Rognerud, president of the TSFM board.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seniors and those with underlying health issues are welcome to shop from 8 to 9 a.m.
Musical entertainment will be provided by Moy Serena, a Grand Forks singer-guitarist.
Take a swim
Pools are open in the Grand Cities. In East Grand Forks, the Sherlock Park Swimming Pool is open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the Park and Recreation Department at (218) 773-9321.
In Grand Forks, the Elks and Riverside pools are open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the Grand Forks Park District at (701) 746-2750.
Parks in the Grand Cities, with sheltered picnic tables, are ideal sites for an outdoor picnic and next-to-nature fun with the family.
Or, let someone else do the cooking. Numerous bars and restaurants around the Grand Cities will be open for business -- and some offer outside dining, to make the pleasure of eating out even more enjoyable.