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Food, fun, fireworks on the Fourth

South Washington County residents don't have to go far this Fourth of July for that fireworks fix.

The Cottage Grove Area Lions Club will again sponsor a night of fireworks, family fun and free games at Kingston Park on Sunday evening to celebrate Independence Day.

The annual family picnic event kicks off at 6 p.m., and will feature food, free carnival games for kids and free door prizes from local businesses.

In years past, residents surrounding the park, located at Indian Boulevard and 75th Street, have provided a pre-show fireworks display of their own. The real thing is scheduled to start at approximately 10 p.m., said Jack Germo, the event's co-chair.

Organizers say the event draws hundreds of families each year.

The Lions Club was given a scare earlier this month when a metro news outlet reported that Cottage Grove was one of a number of area cities that had canceled its Fourth of July fireworks.

"I don't know who started the rumor that fireworks were canceled, but it's not true," Germo said. "We will have fireworks."

Germo and Pat Forsythe co-chair the event. The event is supported entirely by donations, and the club encourages donations to ensure the show can continue on in years to come.

See page 9A for listings of more area fireworks displays.

What's closed on Monday?

County and city buildings will be closed Monday in observance of Independence Day. In south Washington County, that includes Cottage Grove City Hall, Newport City Hall, St. Paul Park City Hall, and the Washington County Service Center in Cottage Grove.