Fourth of July fun returned to Minot's parks this year after a two-year hiatus.
Thousands attended the Fourth of July Festival in Roosevelt Park for food, kids games, bouncy castles and music from local entertainers Toppler Dixon and Lexi Wyman.
Guest speakers from Minot Air Force Base and Minot Fire and Police joined the Park District in celebrating the festival's return, and remarking on the resilience of the Minot community.
“My family and I can already see that the city of Minot has a rich history to it. We can see the unique small-town feel and look of Main Street, in the Scandinavian Heritage Park, and in the fairs and other events this city holds,” said Col. Matthew Brooks, 5th Bomb Wing Commander.
“We just decided, you know what? It's time to bring it back for the community of Minot just to celebrate all that we have in Minot, the Minot Air Force Base, and to really honor all of our first responders,” said Elly Deslauriers, Minot Park District.
Deslauriers said the Park District hopes to bring the festival back again next year.
There will be a free fireworks show at the Nodak Speedway July 4 following the races.