Editorial: Be happy, it’s the 4th of July in Ely

The 4th of July is finally here! It’s time to set aside being upset about Roe vs. Wade being overturned or gas prices skyrocketing and just be proud to be an American. As the song went, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!”
And if you’re in Ely this holiday weekend, you are in the perfect place to enjoy yourself.
Starting tonight with a live concert at Whiteside Park by the rock and roll group The Northwood’s Band. Throw in five bucks to get a “Rock the Park” button and stop by the Ely Fireman’s booth for a cold beverage. Then sit back and enjoy the music.
On Monday there’s a full slate of events, starting with our local veteran leaders speaking at the raising of the flag at the Veterans Memorial, a free concert at the State Theater and all kinds of fun stuff at Whiteside Park both before and after the parade, courtesy of YoungLife.
Keep your eyes to the sky around 11 a.m. for the sound of freedom as two F-16s from the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth make a low pass over Ely.
Find a spot along the parade route to take in a slice of Americana served up starting at 1 p.m. If you have young kids, be sure to bring a bag along to put all the candy in. There’s sure to be some interesting items tossed from the Zup’s float!
Fireworks over Miners Lake wraps up the day, the perfect ending to Independence Day.
Thanks to everyone who makes all of this happen!