Ellen and I were in Northfield for the July 4th events downtown. There was a fine flea market on the west bank of the Cannon River. There was a great kiddie parade down Division Street, and music on Bridge Square with food vendors, popcorn, etc. At 8:15 there were a series of patriotic readings on the Square. (See my legislative blog for more.) Then, like any good Independence Day, we had a great fireworks display.

The country is another year older. I hope everyone took time to reflect on the freedoms we enjoy in America and give thanks for all that has been done to preserve those freedoms.

The Northfield Historical Society organized the July 4th events. (See a large 4th of July photo gallery of these and other events of the day on Northfield.org.