It's time to celebrate America's independence.

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July - a date that's been a federal holiday since 1941 but the tradition stretches back to the American Revolution. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence.

Two days later, delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence.

If you're looking for Fourth of July fun, the Osakis area has celebrations taking place by air, land and water:

Church celebration

Elim Lutheran Church will celebrate its 121st annual Independence Day Celebration Thursday, starting at 10:30 a.m. It will be an outdoor Gospel/patriotic program with Roy Hope, followed by a potluck meal - bring a hotdish or salad to share and your own utensils - along with fellowship and outdoor games. Everyone is welcome to attend. The church is located at 16307 141st Ave. east of Osakis.

West Union parade

Also, on Thursday, the tiny town of West Union will have its big Fourth of July Parade, starting at 2 p.m. The parade will begin at the north end of town and go to the south end to St. Alexius Catholic Church and back again.

The parade is well-known for the generous supply of candy the parade participants toss to the children.

After the parade, enjoy hot dogs and beverages in the park furnished by West Union 4-H Club and the community of West Union. Bring your own chair and blanket.

Fireworks Thursday

The annual fireworks display will light up the night sky over the Osakis Country Club beginning at dusk tomorrow, Thursday.

Donations collected from the city's Clean-Up Day pay for the fireworks, which are put on by Osakis Fire Department members.

Don't forget to bring bug spray!

Pontoon parade

The patriotic fun doesn't end on the Fourth.

This Saturday, July 6, the 12th annual Lake Osakis Pontoon/Boat Parade - also known as the Ferret Drive Floaters Parade - will set sail at 2 p.m.

There are some changes for this year's event. First, the parade will start out in front of Fairhaven Resort and Campgrounds at the beginning of Ferret Drive instead of in front of Baugh's Creek as in prior years.

Also, because the floats have been so outstanding the last few years, organizers have added two more trophies to the event. In addition to the Grand Prize of a traveling trophy, boaters will compete for the titles of "Most Patriotic" and "Fan Favorite."

"Everyone in, on or near Osakis is invited to participate, so get your decorating on and join us!" said organizer Linda Hayes. "Or if you're not on the lake, a great spot to view the parade is the Head of the Lakes Resort or the Battle Point fishing pier."