SUPERIOR, WI -- Last summer was filled with canceled events because of the pandemic, but the city of Superior is hoping to change that for 2021.
The city is bringing back all of its summer programming.
Mayor Jim Paine said events will be bigger and better than ever before.
"The hope was to go back to a fully normal summer, but I think we all agreed that after the pandemic, normal just isn't good enough."
Superior will once again host its 4th of July celebration with music, fireworks, and a downtown parade.
"Still plenty of folks that are going to be nervous, and we have to continue to follow the science and listen to expert advice," Paine said. "Those experts are telling us that we can gather and have major events outdoors."
The Summer Playground Program, offered Monday through Friday for children ages 5 through 11, allows kids to participate in supervised play and group activities.
This year, it is completely free of charge.
Paine said that is not the only welcomed change to this year's program.
"Instead of going out of the parks, out of kid's neighborhoods to do things around the city, we're going to bring a lot of different activities to the parks so kids get to experience all kinds of neat things this summer right in their own neighborhood," he said.
The program runs from June 14 through August 20, and registration is now open.
Bayside Sounds Around Town concert series is also returning to its former glory this summer.
Eight concerts will be held in various parks around the city.
"When you're on the shore of Lake Superior this far north, summer is such a short season and we really want to make the most of it, and after a year where outdoor activities were all we had, we felt that we had to really raise the bar and offer even more in the coming months," Paine said.
Country band Whiskey Trail will close out the series in August.
"Hopefully with everything how it's transpiring, we'll be able to go ahead and live a bit more normal life this summer and just be able to enjoy," Heidi Pack, lead singer for Whiskey Trail, said.
For Superior, the summer of 2021 is about the community reconnecting through events.
"We just want to see each other again, and that's what this summer is going to be about," Paine said.
Click here to learn more about the Bayside Sounds concert series, Summer Playground Program, and more.
Click here for more information about the Whiskey Trail Band.