July 4th Events: Vintage Baseball and Fireworks


Northfield Historical Society Executive Director Hayes Scriven announces that on Friday, July 4, there will with two exciting events: a vintage baseball game followed by an evening fireworks display. 

The 1860s-style baseball game gets under way when the Northfield Silver Stars take on the St. Croix Baseball Club at 1 p.m. in the field on Lincoln Street below St. Olaf College’s Old Main Hill.  Fans should be prepared for a few different rules: no gloves allowed; the batter is out if the ball is caught on the first bounce; no balls or strikes are called by an umpire (although a batter can still strike out if he swings and misses three times); foul balls are not considered strikes; and base runners can be tagged out if they overrun first base.

This year’s Fourth of July fireworks display will be launched at dusk from the kickball diamond of the Northfield Middle School, just south of town on Division Street (Highway 246).  Spectators are welcome to view the display from the comfort of their blankets and lawn chairs on the green spaces of the middle and high schools, Bridgewater Elementary, and nearby Taylor or wherever you have a good view.

Scriven adds that sponsored by NHS, both the game and fireworks are free and open to the public. These events bring Northfield History Month to a close.