Brainerd/Baxter American Celebration

13 Jun

Plan to visit Madden’s at the end of June or over the 4th of July? Consider checking out a local favorite: American Celebration. Sounds pretty broad, I know. But the American Celebration is very broad. The celebration runs from June 23 through July 4. Now that’s a party!

Each day will offer something a little different. For example on the weekend of July 1-3 the Brainerd Raceway will be filled with different races including Outlaw Drag racing and CRA Superbike racing. I’ve never been, but I’m told people around here love it! Another big favorite is the Annual Arts in the Park. It hosts 140 artists, tons of food vendors, and loads of entertainment. A battle of the bands competition will take place in the West Gate Mallon July 1 & 2 with the winner performing on the 4th of July. And of course, I have to mention the huge 4th of July celebration! Starting at noon, the day will be packed with stuff to do like a corn on the cob feed, musical performances, a parade, and fireworks to close out the night.

The official schedule is as follows:
Thursday, June 23
Little Miss & Mr. 4th of July Pageant: Westgate Mall Center Court, 1 pm

Saturday, June 25
Komen Brainerd lakes Race for the Cure: Forestview Middle School, 8 am
Miss Brainerd Lakes & Miss Baxter Scholarship Pageant, Tornstrom Auditorium, 7 pm ($10 cover)

Friday, July 1
Right Friends Picnic: Confidence Learning Center, 5 pm
Show & Shine: The Body Works parking lot, 7-10 pm
Minnesota Battle of the Bands: Westgate Mall, 1-9pm ($10 cover)

Friday – Sunday, July 1 – 3
BIR Annual Show N’ Go: Brainerd International Raceway, (cover varies)

Saturday, July 2
Minnesota Battle of the Bands Championship: Westgate Mall, 1-9 pm ($10 cover)
36th annual Arts in the Park: Gregory Park, 10 am-4:30 pm

Sunday, July 3
Gospel Night ’11Heritage Assembly of God Church: 6 pm

Monday, July 4
Corn on the Cob Feed: sponsored by Brainerd Jaycees,High School Football Field, 12 noon
Parade: Throughout town, 4 pm
Bill “The King” Musel as Elvis: High School Football Field, 6:30 pm
Winner of Battle of the Bands: High School Football Field, 7:15 pm
Wayne Renn (Country & Classic Rock Artist): High School Football Field, 8:15 pm
Presentation of the Flag & Singing of the National Anthem: High School Football Field, 10 pm
Fireworks! 10:15 pm

Did I miss anything? What is your favorite event? Keep me posted by commenting below or emailing me at

Thanks for reading, Elizabeth


Posted by on June 13, 2011 in Local Tidbits


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15 responses to “Brainerd/Baxter American Celebration

  1. Carla Hubbard

    June 13, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    We love Madden’s! There is something for the entire family no matter when you go!

  2. Laura

    June 13, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Looking forward to spending time at Madden’s this summer!

  3. Laura

    June 13, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Wow! the 4th will be busy 🙂 Looking forward to spending time at Madden’s this summer!

  4. Sonya

    June 13, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Our family LOVES Maddens. Old-fashioned family vacation at its best!

  5. maddensresort

    June 13, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    I’m so happy to hear all the positive feedback! Thanks for commenting ladies! Look for my email soon about your complimentary upgrade. ~Elizabeth

  6. anncy

    June 13, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    We will be there for our annual family vacation in August.

    • maddensresort

      June 13, 2011 at 12:01 PM

      Oh great! I hope you have an awesome time. Please look for my email about your complimentary room upgrade. ~Elizabeth

  7. Tricia

    June 13, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    We are planning on coming in September for my husband’s 50th birthday! Can’t wait!

    • maddensresort

      June 13, 2011 at 3:49 PM

      Excellent! A “must” celebrate event! Look for my email for your complimentary upgrade. ~Elizabeth

  8. Donna Polski

    June 13, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Love Maddens! They set the bar for all the others. Would love to check out the resort for the 4th festivities – hear they are amazing. Closing ceremony last fall was fun. Going back again this year for sure.

    • maddensresort

      June 13, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      Fantastic to hear Donna. Let me know if you think of any ideas for our new blog. Look forward to seeing on the 4th!

  9. Jean W

    June 13, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    We love Madden’s for our family reunions! Our kids look forward to it all year long. Lots to do for all ages.

    • maddensresort

      June 16, 2011 at 4:01 PM

      Perfect place for a family reunion! I’m glad you’ve been able to enjoy it for many years. If you have any youngsters coming this year you can let them know we now make balloon animals in Adventure Cove! ~Elizabeth

  10. Lisa Schumacher

    June 16, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Love Madden’s and the Brainerd Lakes area!! 🙂 When are the fireworks in Brainerd??

    • maddensresort

      June 16, 2011 at 3:04 PM

      Fireworks are scheduled for after-dark at 10:15 on the 4th of July. 😀 I’m looking forward to them! ~Elizabeth


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