Photo by Ryan Howard

A crew works on finishing the Second Avenue Northeast sidewalk in early June.

They got it done.

As late as last week, organizers of the Forest Lake Fourth of July celebration were not sure if the regular parade route would be able to be used this year. Last year, plans to use the regular route were scuttled at the last minute by underground issues on Second Avenue Northeast, where Gaughan Company was rebuilding the road as part of its Lighthouse Lofts apartment project. Instead, the route was shortened, with parade entries turning south on Broadway directly onto Lake Street, rather than the usual parade procession north on Centennial Drive Northwest and east on Second Avenue before the Lake Street turn.

This year, there were tentative plans in place for another alternative route, one that would have sent the parade north on Lake Street before heading east on Second Avenue and south on First Street Northeast and back onto Lake Street (the road through the parking lots adjacent to Lakeside Memorial Park). On June 24, however, Police Chief Richard Peterson confirmed that the city had given the go-ahead for the reconstructed portion of Second Avenue to be used.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 4, starting at the intersection of Sixth Street Southwest and Broadway Avenue. Parade attendees may begin claiming seating areas at sunrise. Attendees are asked not to set up seating in front of the American Legion, as it will be moved.

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