Hot time in the city

Temperature tops out at 102 but fireworks show does its best to steal the show back

The third annual Elk River Independence Day celebration will be remembered for record-setting heat, which kept many people away from Lions Park. The heat, however, didn’t keep people from making their way out to watch the fireworks. Lions Park filled in nicely between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Wednesday, and thousands of others found a spot in a parking lot or field along School Street to catch the fireworks show. Those who came to the park earlier in the day were treated to a water slide and plenty of local talent and entertainment that started with an Elk River Idol contest and included performances by the Shane Martin as well as the Elk River High School Red White and Blue Alumni Band.
Members of Elk River Boy Scout troops 90 and 111 and honor guards from city and county law enforcement put on a flag-raising ceremony. Photo by Jennifer Wagner


Elk River High School senior Grace Heyne sang the national anthem at Lions Park. Photo by Mark Urista
RES Pyrotechnics lit up the nighttime sky in Elk River with a brilliant fireworks show July 4. Photo by Chris Leeseberg


Elk River Mayor John Dietz spoke to the audience about recent news that Elk River has been awarded Yellow Ribbon status. Photo by Mark Urista


Shane Martin and the Shane Martin Band headlined this year’s program, to the delight of those in attendance. Photo by Jennifer Wagner
The Elk River Police Honor Guard performed a three round volley as part of a flag-raising ceremony at the Independence Day program. Photo by Mark Urista


The reader board at Elk River High showed the record-setting heat. Photo by Jennifer Wagner


Food vendors did their best to stay cool and serve hot — and freezing cold — food all event long to the hot and hungry crowd. Photo by Tony Mikols


Members of the Red White and Blue Elk River High School Alumni Jazz Band basked in the sun and heat to share patriotic music with the crowd. Photo by Jennifer Wagner


This little girl showed off her patriotic pride while cooling off on one of many trips down a water slide erected at Lions Park. Photo by Jennifer Wagner


Children and families enjoyed the park during Wednesday’s Independence Day celebration. Photo by Jennifer Wagner