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'Red, white and blue' things to do

Fireworks decorate the sky over Treasure Island Resort & Casino in 2012. This year's display is set for dusk July 3 during the middle of the Sell Out Stereo concert, which starts at 7 p.m. (Republican Eagle photo by Tim Alms)

Grab your sunglasses and the sunscreen; it’s time for some holiday fun in the sun starting tomorrow and running through Friday evening.

Options include outdoor concerts, road races, indoor performances and much more.

Note that Red Wing’s Fourth of July fireworks display, coordinated by Mississippi Alumination, is postponed due to flooding at the show site. Currently, the show is rescheduled for 9:30 p.m. Sunday Aug. 3 to wrap up River City Days.

This marks the second year that Red Wing has no Independence Day show. Last year’s show was canceled for several reasons, including funding.

Thursday July 3

Treasure Island Resort & Casino kicks off its annual block party, the first event of the “All Star Summer Celebration Series.” 

Gates open the public at 6 p.m.

Lucas from KDWB will be on site for a live broadcast and will be “getting the crowd pumped for outdoor activities, great food, giveaways and more,” according to Treasure Island public relations manager Cindy Taube.

The outdoor fun continues at 7 p.m. with a concert on the outdoor stage by Sell Out Stereo. There will be a break for fireworks at dusk.

“The block party offers fun for the whole family and is free to attend,” Taube said.     

Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and asked not to bring coolers.

Want to beat the summer heat? Tim Siglar performs at 8:30 p.m. in the Parlay Lounge Wednesday night; this is a free event.

Friday July 4

Red Wing’s annual Fourth of July Road Race is scheduled to open for onsite registration at 7 a.m. at Bay Point Park.

The 10K participants will start at 8:30 a.m., 5K at 8:40 a.m. and the kids’ third-mile run starts at 9:30 a.m.

Online registration is open at

Course maps, sponsors and past winners are listed online. The site notes that due to recent flooding there may be changes to the route; the alternative course is listed as Pottery Pond.

Cannon Falls will host their Fourth of July parade at 11:30 a.m. A parade route map is available on the Chamber of Commerce Web site under the “events this month” link.

Ben Rue will entertain Fourth of July guests at Treasure Island’s Parlay Lounge for another evening of free entertainment. 

In Red Wing, Marie’s Underground Grill and Tap House will host Eddie Beavers for classic southern rock and blues music from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and 10:30 to 11:30 p.m.

The Sheldon Brass Band will be playing in Central Park starting at 7 p.m. The night’s music is free of charge.

The St. James Hotel features the live Jimmy’s Pub Performance beginning at 8 p.m. For more information, call 800-252-1875.

Area fireworks

July 3:“The biggest fireworks display in southern Minnesota” will take place at Treasure Island at dusk during a break in the outdoor concert.

July 4: After four days of exhibits, shows, rides, music and much more, the Cannon Valley Fair concludes with a fireworks show at the fairgrounds beginning at dusk. 

Fireworks will also be lit at dusk at the Harbor Bar in Hager City, Wisconsin. Arrive early to hear the Swamp Kings from 2 to 6 p.m., followed by a performance by the Swamp Dogs.