Baudette, MN 4th of July celebration!
I grew up in the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. The town was Blaine and it will forever have a place in my heart. Every year my family and I would attend the 4th of July celebration in Blaine known as the ‘Blaine’s Blazin’ 4th’. It had carnival rides and food vendors and of course a great fireworks display celebration. It was all impressive to me – until I got older.
When I hit my 20s I realized that the 4th of July celebration was mostly made up of crabby parents and young people with attitudes. It was nothing like I had remembered as a child. So Blaine’s Blazin’ lost its charm and so did the whole institution of the 4th of July (which, ironically, is my birthday). So for many years I attempted to avoid doing anything past the end of my driveway when the 4th of July rolled around. I would just watch the fireworks from my backyard.
Now we can flash forward to 2015. For some crazy reason, courtesy of the universe and its sense of humor, I have been living in Baudette, MN for a few years now. The farthest from the big city/suburban life a person could possibly get.
Baudette, MN is not the largest of towns. It is not the smallest of small towns, either. The town can be said to be the perfect size. It houses about 1200 people and is home to several churches and just as many bars! It rests on a bay and river that will take you to the Lake of the Woods where many say the best fishing resides. It is home to Willie the Walleye and neighbor to Canada. Baudette, although a humble size when compared to its big city brothers and sisters, seems to always have something going on. Whether it as a seasonal celebration or a school production, the town always seems to make every event, small or big, feel and appear equally important. Needless to say, this is a very active town!
The community is a melting pot of both younger and older generations. I feel this is the ingredient to why the community is so solid. The respect and patience the younger generation have for the older generation is something you do not find everywhere. The older generation is influenced by the modern and liberal nature of the younger generation living here, thus creating a more flexible ideals scale from what many would call the unwavering ‘set-in-their-ways’ age. What is most magical about this place is the support every single person gets, and gives, from one another.
Small town life sounds horrible, huh? Well, I am in love with Baudette, MN!
This weekend is the 4th of July celebration and, like the last few years since moving up here, I am actually excited for it! The events planned for this small community are quite impressive. They range from activities for children to adult events such as a 5K run/walk. The center of town where the two main road arteries intersect are blocked off and become a town gathering spot with live music and vendors. Individuals can enjoy music that range from a good-ol’-polka to some modern music genres. Also, all the bars in town (all are within a one block radius) offer some kind of event such as bingo or a BBQ. Did I mention the parade that goes through the neighborhood? A person can easily stay busy.
With all the above sounding amazing, I have saved the best for last. The firework show here in Baudette is easily one of the best a person could ever experience! Being originally from the Twin Cities I have seen several growing up, from my back yard and random cities, and I can tell you there is no room for disappointment when it involves the fireworks show here in Baudette. I had the pleasure to help last year with the prepping of the fireworks! I must say it is quite the operation to getting the firework show together. The final result: Spectacular!
So if you are ever wanting to get a taste of the small town life or just wondering where to go to for the holiday, I can easily say that Baudette should be at the top of your list. Additionally, if you are looking for a place to celebrate the year America got its Independence, then you will have come to the right place!