Sertoma marks another round of Fourth of July festivities in Grand Forks

The Sertoma Club of Greater Grand Forks has been putting on a Fourth of July fireworks show for 64 years. Its annual festival has been going on for more than 30 years.

The Grand Forks City Band played during the annual Sertoma Fourth of July celebration on Monday, July 4, 2022 in Grand Forks. Other live entertainment performances included Kenny and the Classics and Slamabama.
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GRAND FORKS — Fourth of July festivities took place in Greater Grand Forks on Monday, including the Sertoma Fourth of July celebration put on by the Sertoma Club of Greater Grand Forks.

A kiddie parade and opening ceremonies kicked off the festivities Monday along with the raising of the flag and welcome shortly after noon. Among the activities were various games, contests, inflatables, a magic show by magician Kevin Hall, caricatures and police and fire department demonstrations.

The Grand Forks Fire Department gave demonstrations of equipment during the annual Fourth of July festival on Monday, July 4, 2022.
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The Festival also featured a food truck fare and live entertainment by the City Band, Kenny and the Classics and Slamabama.

The Sertoma Club of Greater Grand Forks has been putting on a Fourth of July fireworks show for 64 years. Its annual festival has been going on for more than 30 years. Kay Derry, secretary for the Greater Grand Forks Sertoma Club, said a lot of work goes into the annual Fourth of July celebration.

In the end, it all pays off, she said.


“We work our butts off and it’s a lot of hard work,” Derry said. “We plan all year-round, but once you see all these kids and families out here that can come out and just enjoy the day, that’s just the best part about it.”

The Sertoma’s Club annual Fourth of July Raffle also gave ticket holders the chance to win $10,000, $5,000 or $1,000, with proceeds from the ticket sales going to the UND Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the club’s other charitable activities.

Grand Forks resident Nancy Flint said this was her first year attending the festival, as she has recently moved to Grand Forks. With all the festive activities, Flint said she was most interested in the kid-oriented events to “know what to expect to bring grandchildren in the upcoming years.”

Along with the entertainment and wide range of food options, Flint said she also enjoyed seeing everyone in their patriotic attire.

“It’s fun to see everybody dressed up in their red, white and blue,” Flint said.

The day of events was scheduled to end with the Sertoma's annual fireworks show, scheduled to begin after 10 p.m. on the city's south side, near South Middle School.

A Birds Ride Inc. representative said in an email to the Herald on Friday morning that the company will “launch our eco-friendly micro EVs in the fall.”

Meghan Arbegast grew up in Security-Widefield, Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from North Dakota State University in Fargo, in 2021.

Arbegast wrote for The Spectrum, NDSU's student newspaper, for three years and was Head News Editor for two years. She was an intern with University Relations her last two semesters of college.

Arbegast covers news pertaining to the city of Grand Forks/East Grand Forks including city hall coverage.

Readers can reach Arbegast at 719-235-8640 or

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