Hustvedt talk on D.C. and Normandy, Elk River Idol and fireworks to highlight Lion’s Park Independence Day program

Opening ceremonies 4-5 p.m.

Emcee: Retired WCCO radio broadcaster Dan Hertsgaard of Elk River

• A special salute to local law enforcement, firefighters and other emergency personnel by emcee Dan Hertsgaard

• Speakers: Salk Middle School teacher Ron Hustvedt and Matti Martin of Otsego will talk about what Independence Day means to them after having just gotten back from a trip to Washington, D.C., and Normandy, France, as part of an exhaustive study of World War II and the invasion at Normandy.

The opening ceremonies will also include:

• National Anthem

• Flag Presentation by Elk River Police Honor Guard and Elk River Cub and Boy    Scouts

• Three-round volley by Elk River Police Honor Guard

• Pledge of Allegiance

• Reading of Declaration of Independence (Preamble)

• North Memorial Air Care helicopter landing

Elk River Idol 5-6 p.m.

Twelve contestants advanced during a May competition at Zabee Theater. They will compete in three age categories.

The Wrong Omar Band 6:30-8 p.m.

The Wrong Omar Band featuring Joe Shaheen and special guest Becky Shaheen: 6:30-8 p.m.

Shane Martin Band 8:30-10:15 p.m.

The Shane Martin Band returns for an encore presentation to headline this year’s Independence Day Celebration. The show will run right up to the fireworks show.

Fireworks 10:15 p.m.

A $15,000 fireworks show will be put on by RES Pyrotechnics out of Belle Plaine.

Activities and refreshments

East side of Lion’s Park:

Elk River Boys and Girls Club Open from 4-7 p.m.

Bounce houses and games by District 728 Community Education,

Gamin’ Trailer,

Climbing Wall by Army National Guard

Bingo for adults and families put on by the Elk River VFW

West side of Lion’s Park:

Water slide, hair extensions, tattoos, night lights glow-in-the-dark bracelets and food by Curbside Dining, Dunn Bros. and Cold Stone Creamery

At The Crossing Church:

Bounce house and candy


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