Sertoma Club to host Fourth of July 'Festival and Fireworks' event

Volunteers will set off $18,000 in fireworks for the largest display in the region, organizers say

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Fireworks explode over south Grand Forks during the annual Sertoma Fireworks Show Saturday, July 4. (Korrie Wenzel/Grand Forks Herald)
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The Sertoma Club of Greater Grand Forks is hosting a day full of activities for everyone to enjoy and celebrate the Fourth of July on Sunday at 47th Avenue South and 24th Street. The location is east of Ulland Softball Field and west of South Middle School.

This year, which marks the service club’s 63rd year celebrating this country’s Independence Day, will feature the largest fireworks display ever, said Kay Derry, event organizer. About $18,000 worth of fireworks will make the display, which begins at 10:30 p.m., the biggest in the region, Derry said.

This year’s event is called “Festival and Fireworks.” Last year, due to COVID, the festival had to be canceled, but the fireworks display was presented, she said.

All events are at the location near South Middle School. On Sunday, a flag-raising and welcome ceremony is planned for 12:15 p.m.

The event will include a dunk tank, inflatables and the Circle of Friends “kissing booth” with animals that can be adopted.


A couple of artists will create free caricature drawings from noon to 8 p.m., Derry said. “That’s probably the most popular. They change your face into a cartoon character; it’s pretty funny. You can be either a really cute or really interesting cartoon character.”

A kiddie parade, with lineup starting at 10:30 a.m., begins at 11:45 a.m. at the South Middle School’s northside pick up lane.

A free watermelon feed is set for 2 p.m. Special Olympics bocce ball is planned for 2-6 p.m.

Grand Forks police will give a K9 demonstration at 1 p.m. The local fire department will have special activities for kids from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Live music throughout the day will be performed on stage by the City Band, On Tap, Kenny and the Classics, and the Downtown Horns.

About 15 food vendors are planning to attend and a beer garden will be set up.

Altru Health System employees will be available to handle any health issues that may arise.

People can bring their yard games to play, as well as lawn chairs, Derry said. “You can bring your family out and let the kids play and it’ll be a fun day.”


The Festival and Fireworks event is organized and put on “100% by Sertoma Club volunteers,” she said. She’s looking forward to “seeing everyone getting together again and just enjoying the day as families and friends.”

The event is a means for Sertoma to “give back to the community,” she said, and raise funds “not only to give back to Special Olympics but (also) to improve and grow our Sertoma Park that we’re working on with the Park District -- we have some ideas for the future of that too.”

Raffle tickets, $10 each or three for $20, will be sold only at the festival until 9 p.m. Sunday with the drawing following shortly after 9 p.m. You do not need to be present to win.

The first prize is a solid hardwood, dining table with six chairs from Conlin’s Furniture. Second prize is a Traeger Grill from Home of Economy and third prize is a truck bed cover donated by New Vision Truck Accessories. Other prizes are five $100 gift certificates for Cost Cutters Family Hair Salon.

Proceeds from the raffle will go to the Special Olympics organization, Derry said.
For more information on Sunday’s event, visit the Sertoma Facebook page or go to .

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Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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