“Back with a bang:” 4th of July festivities kick off in Ham Lake, Forest Lake

HAM LAKE, Minn. – After a few years reduced due to the pandemic, many July 4 festivities are in full swing in Minnesota. On Saturday, crowds thronged Lions Park in Ham Lake for the annual Freedom Festival.

“We like to come every year. Good food, always activities,” said Carol Fortuna.

The Fortunas have lived in Ham Lake for 19 years and said the annual festival is something the whole community looks forward to.

“It’s a tradition here in Ham Lake for our whole community to come together to spend time with our neighbours, to enjoy our freedoms,” said Kari Lund, executive director of the Ham Lake Chamber of Commerce.

In Forest Lake, the American Legion Post 225 kicked off its “Red, White, and Blue in 2022” festival, complete with carnival and music. Fireworks and a parade are scheduled for Monday.

“I love seeing everyone come out, especially now this year, I’m glad everyone is coming out,” said Jim Tennyson, commanding officer of the Sons of the American Legion.

Already this weekend, organizers said they were seeing larger crowds than in years past.

“The bingo tent was actually packed where we had to turn people away, and that was good to see because we hadn’t seen it in three years,” Tennyson said.

For a list of places where you can see fireworks during the 4th of July holiday, click here.

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