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MSUM to host 42nd annual 4th of July event

FARGO (WDAY-TV) – For the 42nd straight year, Minnesota State University Moorhead will celebrate July 4th with a community celebration.

This year, Nemzek Field will open up to the public on Independence Day at 6:30 p.m. for a full slate of free activities.

Free festivities include inflatable games, the decorated bicycle parade and musical performances by the Front Fenders and Lake Agassiz Concert Band.

There will also be concessions available for purchase.

The night caps off with a free fireworks show that will begin at dusk.

For a full schedule of events, click here.

MSUM Marketing and Communications executive director Dave Wahlberg said he expects the event will draw 8,000 people to campus.

"We call it an old fashioned 4th of July and that's exactly what it is,” said Wahlberg. “It's the kind of community celebration that- I grew up in a small town in Minnesota and we had something like this. Well, the scale here in Fargo-Moorhead is bigger so the celebration is perhaps a little bit bigger as well. But, it's the same sentiment. It's the opportunity to sit down with your neighbors and just enjoy a nice night out."

Drew Trafton

I joined the WDAY 6 news team in September of 2013 as a weekend anchor and reporter. Previous to arriving in the F-M area, I worked as a broadcast journalist at the CBS affiliate (KTVQ) in Billings, Montana (sidenote: my hometown). I have worn many hats in my young broadcast career as an anchor, reporter, producer, sports producer and online producer. However, my favorite role to play is storyteller (collective: "ahh"). When not bringing you the 5 o'clock news with Robin, the Sunday 5:30 and 10 with Amy-- or reporting on WDAY 6 News at 6, I enjoy taking in or participating in sports. On the professional level, I root for Seattle teams. As a graduate of the University of Montana, I also enjoys FCS football (but forgive my allegiance). I also enjoy reading, watching movies, listening to good music and frolicking in the outdoors. I enjoy those things all the more when I can do them with my wife, Annie (a Minnesota native). If you have a story idea for me, or just want to say hello, you can send me an email!

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