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Fireworks explode over Agate Bay during the Fourth of July celebration in Two Harbors. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)1 / 5
Laurie and Darrel Wick cruise past spectators during an impromptu boat parade to celebrate Independence Day on Marble Lake north of Two Harbors. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)2 / 5
Brad and Janelle Jones pilot their pontoon boat on Marble Lake north of Two Harbors while towing their son, Brjen, in an inflatable flamingo float. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)3 / 5
Community Partners volunteers Melissa Hogfeldt (left) and Christine McCarthy serve pulled pork sandwiches and baked beans during the organization's pork and pie fundraiser. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)4 / 5
More than 500 people came through the line for pork sandwiches and pies from Rustic Inn during Community Partners' pork and pie fundraiser. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)5 / 5

Lake County residents celebrated Independence Day in their own ways Wednesday, with a parade on a lake, a pulled pork and pie fundraiser, music and the traditional fireworks display in Two Harbors.

Tyler Johnson swings his niece, Laura Selvog, during the Two Harbors City Band concert. (Jamey Malcomb / News-Chronicle)On Marble Lake, about 20 miles north of Two Harbors, people enjoying a quiet holiday on the water decided to improvise a Fourth of July boat parade, decorating boats and passing by docks for spectators to cheer.

Back in Two Harbors, Community Partners kicked off the annual Heritage Days celebration a day early with a new event, a pork and pie fundraiser, in the Two Harbors Community Center.

More than 500 people attended the event, which featured barbecue pork sandwiches and pie from the Rustic Inn in Castle Danger. Community Partners is a nonprofit dedicated to helping seniors live independently and in their homes as long as possible.

Outside the fundraiser, the Northwoods Band entertained the crowd as they ate. Vocalist Hunter McCulloch even ventured into the crowd during one song to pump up the crowd and get a few folks dancing in the street outside the building.

Music took center stage following the fundraiser at Thomas Owens Park, with the Two Harbors City Band making its annual Independence Day performance at the bandshell while kids ran and played. The approximately one-hour concert included performances of “America, the Beautiful” and “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Formed in 1897, the Two Harbors City Band is among the oldest The Northwoods Band's Colton McCullough (right) and Ricky Sundstrom have dueling guitars. (Jamey Malcomb / News-Chronicle)continually performing city bands in Minnesota.

A larger crowd than usual gathered in Two Harbors to watch the fireworks display this year after the Duluth show was postponed due to inclement weather. The show started about 9:45 p.m. with just a hint of fog still hanging over Agate Bay and lasted about 20 minutes.

Silver Bay also had a fireworks display Wednesday.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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