Why the Range 4th of July is so different

The folks make a big deal of northern Minnesota’s Iron Range Fourth of July rituals. In searching online about the topic I found this Ruth Olson interview with Mary Lou Nemanic, author of One Day for Democracy: Independence Day and the Americanization of Iron Range Immigrants (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2007). This is from the Center for the Study of Upper Midwest Culture at the University of Wisconsin. Nemanic explains cultural origins of Iron Range Fourth of July tradition and significance. It’s a good read.

Earlier this week I posted this weekend’s schedule of Iron Range Fourth of July parades, street dances and fireworks.

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