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Fourth of July 2011

If you’ve been reading along with the blog, you’ve learned about family traditions at Madden’s, Madden’s 4th of July Traditions, and behind the scenes for our 4th of July fireworks. I even posted about the Beach Party  that took place Sunday night. Hours and hours of preparation have led up to this one day. Our staff in all areas of the resort have been working hard non stop! They fed 450 at the cook-out!

Now that we’ve spent all of this time preparing we are a little sad that it is over. We hope you’ve enjoyed your stay with us. Weren’t able to make it this year? Join us next year! We’re taking reservations already.

Below is a photo recap of the events from yesterday’s Fourth of July celebration at Madden’s.

Zambelli Fireworks spent all day preparing for the magnificent firework show

Adventure Cove Kid's prepare their float for their parade around the resort

Mom gets a snapshot of the kid's before taking off for the parade

The Adventure Cove Children's Parade

The massive buffet line at the evening cook-out. Not including the dessert station or an individual station for each meat.

Enthusiastic Madden's servers prepare for the cook-out

Families relax after the cook-out meal before the fireworks

Hundreds of guests pack the deck and first hole on Pine Beach East course to watch the fireworks

Guests fill the first hole on Pine Beach East Golf Course awating the fireworks

Boats fill Steamboat Bay in front of Madden's marina awaiting fireworks

Madden's employees Fred (left) and Jackson (right) sing the national anthem before the fireworks begin

It was tough to get any photo that showed the magnitude of the fireworks. I’ll leave it to your imagination… Join us next year and find out.

Happy Birthday America, Elizabeth


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Brainerd/Baxter American Celebration

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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