Area residents are invited to honor frontline workers Sunday, Dec. 20, by joining a celebration that begins with a car parade and ends with a fireworks display.

The event to celebrate essential workers in the community begins at 4 p.m. with a parade assembly at the Ralph Engelstad Arena parking lot. Participants are encouraged to decorate their vehicles.

Prizes will be awarded for the “most festive cars,” according to the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Leaving the parking lot at 4:30 p.m., parade participants will travel south on Columbia Road, west on 14th Avenue South, then south on 30th Street South and west on 11th Avenue South to the Alerus Center.

The fireworks display begins at 6 p.m. there.

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This week has been designated as “Light the Town Green” week, by Mayor Brandon Bochenski: “to honor frontline workers and pay tribute to their grit and determination as the community continues its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic."

The lights on the Alerus Center and Sorlie Bridge will be lit green as a symbol of the community’s predominant identifying color to show support for frontline workers, Bochenski said.

“Grand Forks, North Dakota, is a community that supports one another through selfless acts of kindness and appreciation, especially when the going gets tough,” Bochenski wrote in proclaiming Dec. 14-20 as “Light the Town Green Week.”

“Frontline workers, such as health care professionals, public health team members, first responders and essential service providers, have been relentless in their efforts to keep the residents of Grand Forks safe and keeping the community moving forward no matter the circumstances,” he said.

To donate to the COVID relief fund, visit

The event is sponsored by the city of Grand Forks, Alerus Financial and Altru Health System.