What’s happening on the 4th?

As usual, the 4th of July in Cook County is shaping up to be very busy. There are parades and fireworks. There is a lot of music and a lot of fun throughout the weekend.

The July 4th weekend will be very busy in Cook County, with an arts festival, lots of music, fireworks and parades as well as plenty of family activities.


One of the biggest events for the 4th of July is the 34th annual Tofte Trek 10K Wilderness Run & Walk.  The muddy walk/run has a 9 a.m. start at Birch Grove Community Center.  On-site registration starts at 7:45 a.m. Kids’ races start at 9:05 a.m.

Festivities continue in Tofte at the Tofte Fire Hall and Town Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be music by Cook County’s Most Wanted at 11 a.m., the Cook County High School Band at noon and D’Merritt after the parade until 5 p.m.

The terrific Tofte Parade starts at 2 p.m. Before and after the parade, there are local arts and crafts, food, a beer garden, Smoothies made by the Birch Grove Community School, and lots of fun. Fireworks over the lake begin at 10 p.m.


There will be music, food, and fabulous art at the Hovland Summer Arts Festival on Friday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, July 5, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hovland Town Hall. 

The amazing art at the festival includes a variety of arts and crafts, lathe-turned bowls, jewelry, painting, photography, fused glass, ceramics, sculpture and stone carving, wood art and more.

There’s a great lineup of musicians as well: John and Martine Redshaw, Blueberry JAAM with Jim and Michele Miller and Andy and Amy Schmidt, Roxann Berglund and Briand Morrison, Joe and Jessi, Maria Nickolay, Pushing Chain and Pickled Beats.


The Cook County Farm & Craft Market will be in the Cook County Senior Center parking lot on Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is adding a day just for the 4th of July celebration.

The First Congregational Church, 300 West 2nd Street, will be hosting an Ice Cream Social, featuring sundaes, cones and root beer floats from 6 – 8 p.m. Freewill donations will be accepted in support of the church’s mission in Chiapas, Mexico.  Everyone invited.

The Grand Marais 4th of July parade will be at 8 p.m., starting from the Cook County Senior Center on Broadway and going down Wisconsin Street. This traditionally tiny parade would love to have more entrants – if you love a parade and want to take part, line up at the Senior Center at 7:30 p.m.

Following the parade there will be live music in Harbor Park with Oversize Load.

The fireworks over the harbor start at dusk, expected to be around 9:45 p.m.

On Saturday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m., the North Shore Music Association celebrates the blues with Twin Cities blues singer Annie Mack. Annie and her band will perform at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.



On Friday, July 5, the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino starts its “Picnic by the Lake” event, which will be offered every Friday through the summer. Weather permitting, enjoy a hot dog, brat, or burger platter by the lake at the Lodge.


There is also a special 4th of July bingo. The doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Grand Portage fireworks will begins at dusk.


This local news is provided by the Cook County News-Herald