Day two of Independence Day celebrations

AUSTIN, Minn. – Austin kicked off day-two of their celebrations with the “Mini Piggy Fun Run” and a parade Friday morning.

The route ended at Bandshell Community Park and that is where the party began for the rest of the day.

Vendors and music filled the area, plus there was bingo, an ice cream social and more.

City leaders say it is a great way to bring the community together.

“It’s really fun, it’s kind of a community event and everybody in the community gets out. You’ll see people you haven’t seen since last Fourth of July actually,” said Austin Mayor Tom Stiehm.

He said it is also a great way to bring people into Austin.

“People just get to see the town and how it’s changing and the improvements we have and it’s just good for Austin, good for businesses. Sometimes they spend money, they get gas, they buy sandwiches and then they’ll come down and help the vendors stay busy,” Stiehm said.

Music was playing all night at the Bandshell stage. That ended at 10 p.m. and that is when the fireworks began.

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