4th of July

The 4th of July on the North Shore is as fun and festive as you can imagine.  With activities, parades, and firework shows all along the Lake Superior shoreline.  Wherever you are, you probably aren’t far from a 4th of July Celebration.  Here’s a list of happenings around the area.

In Cook County

4th of JulyTofte has quickly become the place to be in Cook County on the 4th of July! A full day of events including live music, fabulous food, a beer garden, bingo, a craft show, and minnow races.  It all starts with the Annual Tofte Trek 10k Trail Run.

Annual activities usually include a Craft Fair at the Tofte Town Hall, the beer garden, a parade down Tofte Park Road, the Citizen of the Year Award Presentation, hot dogs and brats at Zoar Lutheran Church, and a fireworks show in Tofte Town Park. Some events may change annually.

All events will be held rain or shine, so come on by and enjoy the most festive day of the year in Tofte!

Grand Marais:
While most of the 4th of July action happens down in Tofte, Grand Marais usually has a few things planned in the Harbor area, too. Past events have included a live band, fireworks show, and other events happening on and around the Grand Marais Harbor.

Grand Portage:

Enjoy the fireworks show over the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino starting at dusk.

In Lake County

2022 Note About Lake County: While we assume many festivities are returning in 2022, we have not been able to confirm anything happening in Two Harbors or Knife River as no information is currently available online that we can find. The following is information on traditional celebrations.

Knife River:
A full day of events usually starts with a Pot Luck.  That’s followed by a parade to the Great Lakes! Candy Kitchen, traveling along 2nd Street.  Then, head into Two Harbors for the fireworks show. In Lake County, Knife River is the place to be on the 4th of July!

Two Harbors:
The Two Harbors Community Center sometimes has events planned on the 4th of July.  Then gather for live music and the fireworks show over the Two Harbor Harbor area at dusk.

Silver Bay:
Grab a blanket and head to the Silver Bay Shopping Center at dusk for the fireworks show.

In Duluth

In Duluth, the Bayfront Festival Park is the place to be! This is where Duluth Fourth Fest is held.

Here, you will find an evening full of 4th of July festivities. Gates open at 4 PM and live music will fill the park from 4:30-10 PM.  Enjoy food and crafts while you wait for the Upper Midwest’s largest fireworks show that starts at 10:10 PM. Admission is free!