independence day

Local siblings seek help in getting their family out of Afghanistan

"When I hear their voice I don't even want to hang up the phone because every time I feel like what if this is the last time."

UPDATE: North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum’s office tells KVRR the governor has reached out to the State Department and North Dakota Senator John Hoeven’s Office on their behalf. KABUL, Afghanistan (KVRR) — Thursday marks Afghan Independence Day, but as the Taliban continues to take over the country, those once celebrating their independence are now fleeing for their lives. Three Afghanistan…

Protect runaway pets on Independence Day

"Fireworks are scary so turn on a radio or TV something to drown out the sound."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — A local animal shelter is reminding people of pet safety when out celebrating this holiday weekend. People with a local shelter say Independence Day celebrations are the leading cause for family pets to go missing or end up at the local pound. One way to ensure your furry friends are safe is to have a pet…

Many are expected to travel for 4th of July

"It'll be a busy holiday period so expect to see a number of people no matter where you're traveling."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — With the Fourth of July holiday landing on a weekend many people are looking to celebrate out of town. “We expect a busy weekend as people start to return to travel. We’re expecting about 48 million Americans to travel this holiday period which is an increase of 40 percent from last year,” AAA Director of Public…

Tips to stay safe on the water

"We really want to try to grasp the importance of putting boating safety at the top of the priority list."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — With warmer temperatures many people may be looking to cool down in a pool or lake. North Dakota Game and Fish department is reminding people of the safety precautions to keep in mind if venturing “out to the lakes. Many people are expected to seek out boating activities this Independence Day. They say it’s important to…

Detroit Lakes Businesses Are Prepared For 4th Of July Influx Of People

Independence Day is always a busy weekend for the city.

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Independence Day is always a busy weekend for Detroit Lakes. With COVID-19 however, this year looks a little bit different. The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce says they’ve been preparing by enforcing some guidelines like social distancing and the use of masks. They also encourage people to take advantage of the warm weather and enjoy…

People Put Their Knowledge of American History to the Test

Everyone got the year the Declaration of Independence was signed correct

FARGO, N.D. –The Fourth of July is all about celebrating America’s independence, but how much American history do people actually remember? We asked some people in downtown Fargo some trivia questions to test their knowledge. Everyone got the year the Declaration of Independence was signed correct (1776), but as for the name of the war we fought for our independence,…

Whimsy Hollow Embraces the Magical Side of Independence Day

The party venue for both kids and adults is in Moorhead and it opened last summer

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Instead of your traditional Fourth of July festivities, Whimsy Hollow in Moorhead decided to celebrate a different way. The party venue shook things up this year by hosting a wand–making workshop in their Wizard Room. Owner Jen Waagen and her brother opened up Whimsy Hollow last summer. They got the idea from an indoor party venue in Australia…

Fourth of July Fireworks Cause Several Fires in the Metro

Seven fires in West Fargo, two in Fargo and one severe injury all took place this July 4th

FARGO, ND — Several fires took place in the metro following the 4th of July celebrations, all in connection to fireworks. Fireworks are all fun and games until someone or something gets hurt. Seven fires in West Fargo, two in Fargo and one severe injury all took place this July 4th, and they have one thing in common. “Probably five…

Celebrating Independence Day for the First Time

For some new Americans, this is their first time celebrating their new home

FARGO, ND — For some people in the area, this is their first time celebrating Independence Day. The Fourth of July began with a bite of lunch and some tea. They compared National Anthems and talked fireworks plans. “To celebrate, we go Detroit Lake,” said Halima Iman of Fargo. “Even now, I’m bringing me and my kids and my sisters….

Yunker Farm Hosts Annual Independence Day Kid’s Celebration

Staff members say Yunker Farm is over 130-years-old

FARGO, ND — With train rides, puppets and paint, families got a kid friendly celebration at the farm. Yunker Farm hosted its annual kid’s celebration throughout the day. Many families showed up to create art, milk their water cow and bide their time before tonight’s fireworks shows. They learned some history about Independence Day and about the Yunker Farm building. Staff…