Activities in observance of Independence Day are:
July 3, New Ulm
The Original German Band of New Ulm will perform a concert at Riverside park at 5 p.m. The New Ulm Municipal Band will follow at 7 p.m. with a patriotic concert.
The finale will be the John Philip Sousa March, "The Stars and Stripes Forever," which will feature 13 volleys from the New Ulm Battery saluting the 13 original colonies.
Between shows, concertgoers will hear Bryce Stenzel read Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. New Ulm American Legion Post 132 will be serving Schell's Goosetown Beer and brats beginning at 4 p.m. The concerts will conclude at 8:30 p.m..
There will be a firework display in Cambria at dusk.
Morton: The 8th Annual Morton Firecracker, a 4-mile run and a 2-mile fun run/walk, will be held at Morton City Park at 8 a.m. Race day registration is $25, online registration available at www.active.com. Meet at the Brent Koch Memorial Shelter. All ages and skill levels are encouraged.
There will be an Independence Day Parade held at 10 a.m. in Morton, starting at the old Morton School and proceeding down 3rd Street, around the park and back to the school by way of County Road 18.
Hanska: Hanska Baseball will be having a youth tournament on Friday, July 4. Games start at 9 a.m. with the last game at 7:30 p.m. Hanska ballpark finest food will be served all day - hamburgers, brat burgers, hotdogs, German & American potato salad, & sauerkraut. Hanska Fireworks will begin at dusk.
New Ulm: There will be a free concert in Turner Hall Park in New Ulm starting at 11 a.m. All are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an afternoon full of music and great "Turner Ladies" food and beverages.
Cambria: A holiday parade will be held in Cambria beginning at 1 p.m., followed by an Independence Day Program at 2 p.m.
Sleepy Eye: The city of Sleepy Eye will be dedicating Veterans Park at 7 p.m.
Gibbon: The Gibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown will hold an old-fashioned Independence Day Celebration in Gibbon City Park. Activities include patriotic crafts at 6 p.m.; a family-friendly, all-ages kickball game at 7 p.m. (if you can kick, you can play); a special patriotic concert at 7:15 p.m.; and a children's march at break. Special food and homemade pie will be provided by the Immanuel Lutheran Church Pioneers beginning at 6 p.m.
Sleepy Eye at dusk, over the lake.
St. James at dusk, at the lake in the Memorial Park area.
Hanska, at dusk at the ballpark.
St. Peter, at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds at 10 p.m.
Mankato, at Riverside Park.
Morton, at dusk.
There will be a firework display in Butterfield in city park.