Baxter is host to July 4 parade - this year | BrainerdDispatch.com | Brainerd, Minnesota

Baxter is host to July 4 parade - this year

Posted: May 2, 2012 - 4:50pm

After the Brainerd lakes area was told there would be no July 4 parade and celebration in Brainerd, a call went out for someone, a group or an alternative location for the annual Independence Day celebration. Baxter’s City Council stepped up on Tuesday and is taking over the celebration — the 2012 celebration at least.

Nancy Cross, the Community Action executive director made an appeal to the council, which granted her request to work with the city’s staff to pull off this unusual transfer from Brainerd to Baxter.

A parade route has been set that will not interrupt businesses or entire neighborhoods. The Baxter route, which was part of the approval given by the council, will have parade entrants running from Clearwater Road, down Golf Course Drive, south to Excelsior Road and north on Cypress Drive before cutting back to Clearwater.

With the July 4 parade approved, Cross said they have raised the $15,000 set as a goal for the fireworks celebration.

In addition, she told the council that the Mills family will provide the community-wide celebration the use of their lot by Target and The Body Works for entertainment that will include a stage area. (Fireworks will be launched at the dead-end of Cypress Drive.)

Our thanks to the city of Baxter, the Mills family and Cross for their contributions that will allow the celebration of our nation’s 236th birthday.

—Keith Hansen