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Take in the lights (and avoid the bites)

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Firework displays almost always begin at dusk. And while the darker sky provides the perfect backdrop for the sparkling bombs, dusk also -- unfortunately -- happens to be prime mosquito feeding time.

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Experts report that this summer's wet start will mean that the mosquito population may be higher than previous years. So when you're out taking in the fireworks this week and your eyes are directed to the sky, there will more than likely be a few of the blood-thirsty insects buzzing around your arms and legs.

To prevent bites, the Minnesota Department of Health recommends wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants. It also suggests mosquito repellent that contains at least 30 percent DEET for adults and 10 percent DEET for children.

Even though a lack of funding means that there won't be any fireworks in Red Wing this year, there are still plenty of opportunities to see displays light up the sky in the surrounding region. Here's a list of nearby fireworks shows. Just make sure to bring your bug spray.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island Resort & Casino will again hold its Block Party Wednesday July 3. Lucas from Twin Cities radio station KDWB will broadcast live from 3 to 6 p.m., in the Parlay Lounge. Family friendly outdoor activities include food, giveaways and live music. Fireworks begin at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets as outdoor seating is limited.

Cannon Falls

Cannon Falls promises "a true slice of Americana" for its Fourth of July parade, which begins at 11:30 a.m. and winds its way through downtown.

Fireworks, which can be seen from the fairgrounds, as well as from other spots in town, begin Thursday at dusk.

Lake City

Lake City's Fourth of July celebration will feature fireworks over Lake Pepin. The entire riverfront should provide good viewing. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. The show starts at -- you guessed it -- dusk.

Wanamingo

Wanamingo's Fourth of July celebration begins 6:30 a.m. Thursday with a pancake breakfast in Wanamingo Park. Other events include live music from Jim Yngsdal & Friends, a car show and a parade starting at 2:30 p.m. A keg throwing competition and team bean bag tournament begin in the evening before fireworks at dusk.

Hastings

The annual fireworks display is set for dusk at the Hastings County Club, 2015 Westview Drive.

Wabasha

Fireworks will begin at the athletic field at 9:45-ish p.m., according to the city's website.

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Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.
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