A Cambria Fourth

CAMBRIA – The spirit of Independence Day remains strong in Cambria.

The small community off Minnesota 68 held its 143rd consecutive Fourth of July celebration, beginning with an annual fireworks display at dusk on July 3.

Festivities continued on July 4 with a special community pot-luck lunch before the requisite parade.

Following the parade, the Courtland Fire Department let local children practice using the fire houses.

Later in the afternoon, an Independence Day program was held in Town Hall which included a group sing-a-long of patriotic songs such as the Start Spangled Banner.

As the Fourth of July holiday also marks the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the program featured a recital of the Gettysburg Address by David Lloyd.

Another popular Cambria tradition are patriotic readings by local youth. Griffin Marti read “Boxelder Bugs” by Minnesota poet Bill Holm.

The Independence day program ended with a cake auction to support future programing in Cambria. In keeping with the theme, many of the cakes were red-white-and-blue.

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