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Fourth of July festivities begin

Emily Ness
Updated: July 03, 2020 10:42 PM

From the shores of the lake to the shops in Canal Park, there is plenty to do in the Twin Ports.

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"Picnic food, bonfires, boats, swimming, being outside, enjoying company—friends, family,” Madeline Eldred of Duluth said.

And, although many 4th of July traditions were canceled this year in light of COVID-19, many Twin Ports traditions carried on Friday as the holiday weekend kicked off.

Some of these traditions included boating, barbecuing, swimming and fishing.

"My dad loves fishing so we’re going to be casting some lines and hopefully we catch some fish,” Dylan of the Twin Cities said.

Others played music along the shore.

"We just came up on a day trip from the Twin Cities and one thing we’ve been doing during quarantine is playing guitar more,” Luke McCutcheon said.

"It’s 4th of July weekend so we want to celebrate, but like doing so safely with as much precaution as we can so we thought this would be a good spot to hangout,” Henry Adebisi added.

Across town, many made the most of Canal Park.

"There’s plenty of shops to shop at and get unique souvenirs and to get some good food, enjoy the lift bridge," Calvin Peller of Duluth said.

Some traveled further than others.

"We drove 2100 miles to come spend the week with the kids. We’ve got some in Hermantown, some in Buhl and then some in Superior, so we’re just making the rounds. We went to the aquarium and we’ve been walking around the lake and just enjoying the beauty of it all,” Kelly King of Oregon said.

In addition to having fun, people placed an emphasis on safety.

Many wore masks—especially in larger crowds where it was difficult to socially distance.

And, those barbecuing said they’d avoid using shared dishes for snacks and label cups.

"My friends and I have been really good about not sharing drinks, you know, because that’s what we usually do is you take a sip of your friends to try it, but we have been better about being safer about that,” Eldred said.

All of this was to celebrate freedom responsibly.

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