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Fourth Fest to return to Bayfront Park with huge crowds

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DULUTH, MN -- Duluth's annual Fourth Fest is back this year after being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

The event usually draws around 10,000 atendees, but event staff expect a much bigger turnout this year, especially after other recent events have drawn record breaking crowds.

Jeff Stark, Venue Operations Director for the DECC, says that they're anticipating a big crowd, but they're ready to handle them.

"We're increasing staff, trying to make sure we don't have too many lines, we understand that people are anxious for things to do, and we want to be here to welcome them in and have a good experience," says Stark.

Stark also believes that traffic in the area around the park will be impacted all weekend, particularly on I-35.

"Plan for some extra time ahead of the events, make sure you get here about a half hour, hour earlier than you normally would, and then expect lines on the way out as well, especially on that Fourth of July evening after the fireworks have concluded," Stark says.

The event will take place on Sunday, the Fourth of July, and doors will open at 4:00.

There will be live music throughout the evening, as well as vendors selling food, beverages, and crafts.

The Fireworks display will kick off at 10:10.

Other details on the event can be found on the Bayfront Park website.

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