The Baudette-Lake of the Woods Chamber of Commerce would like motorists to be aware of several parking restrictions and road closures that will be in place prior to and during the Fourth of July Celebration in Baudette.
• Two blocks of Main Avenue North from Highway 11 north to 2nd Street will be closed to all traffic and parking beginning at 1 a.m. in the early morning hours of July 4 by the Baudette Police Department. This portion of Main Avenue will remain closed until approximately 6 a.m. Wednesday, July 5. All cars must be removed from this specified area during those hours they will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense.
• One block of 1st Street SW on the south side of the Catholic Church will be closed to traffic the morning and early afternoon of the 4th. This will allow for the safe line up of the kiddie parade. It will reopen once the main parade has ended around 3 p.m.
• There will be no parking on the Highway 11 Baudette Bay Bridge and the immediate area to the west and east through Tuesday, July 4 at noon. Parking will be allowed after noon on July 4. This is to allow for the safety of Firecracker 5K runners/walkers the morning of the Fourth. It will be posted.
• No parking on International Drive/Highway 72 North along the top of the Willie Walleye Park Hill all day Friday, July 4. It will be posted.
• The parade routes will be posted with no parking signs. Parking will be prohibited along the route before and during the parade.
• Motorists are asked to use extreme caution during the running of the Firecracker 5K. The route starts near the old school, travels south to Highway 11, crosses the Baudette Bay Bridge and then continues into areas of north east Baudette before entering Timber Mill Park. The 5K then continues west back along Highway 11 and ends in downtown Baudette on Main Avenue.
The route will be lined with volunteers helping direct traffic. The race begins at 9 a.m. and the last participants are usually off the route by around 10:30 a.m.
• Motorists are asked to stay off 5th Street in front of CHI LakeWood Health Center during the line up of the main parade from noon until 2 p.m. Only vehicles registered in the parade should be on the road during that time. If you are dropping off parade participants, please do so from a block away. Keeping excess traffic off this road also makes it easier for ambulances and emergency vehicles to navigate into the hospital ER entrance.
• With everyone’s help and extra caution, we can make sure that the Fourth of July 2017 is a fun and SAFE holiday!