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Lake Minnetonka Regional Park is the perfect place for families to enjoy a Saturday afternoon. Bring a picnic and enjoy a lakeside lunch. Learn more...

Noerenberg Gardens

Situated on the north shore of Lake Minnetonka’s majestic Crystal Bay, Noerenberg Memorial Gardens offers a tranquil retreat to the quiet elegance and grace of days gone by. A favorite subject for local artists and an idyllic location for weddings. Learn more...


Minntonka FireworksJuly 4th at the Commons

Independence Day Happenings

Lake Minnetonka - Annual 4th of July Celebration

July 4th

4th of July on Lake Minnetonka has been a tradition for more than 135 years! 

The day begins with the Annual Firecracker Fun Run and 10K, Kids’ Parade on Water Street, Sand Sculpture Contest, Fishing Contest, and Popsicle Social.

This year, we are proud to announce the Wolverines Big Band will be entertaining the crowd well into the evening. Michael Wiskus and the Lucas Oil Air Show will thrill the crowd once again with its aviation acrobatics. Then, for our can't-miss finale, we'll have our annual fireworks spectacular - the only public fireworks show on Lake Minnetonka!


  • 8:00 a.m.     2 Mile Firecracker Family Fun Run
  • 8:30             Firecracker 10K
  • 9:00-10:30   Sand Sculpture Contest
  • 9:30-noon     Popsicle Social
  • 11:00           Water Street Parade
  • 11:30-1:00  Kids’ Fishing Contest
  • 6:15 p.m.     The Wolverines Big Band performs
  • 8:15             Lucas Oil Aerobatic Air Show
  • 8:45             Salute to our Veterans
  • 8:50             Presentation of the Colors
  • 8:55             The Wolverines Big Band returns to the stage
  • 9:55             National Anthem
  • Dusk             Fireworks Display over Lake Minnetonka

Locations: Downtown Excelsior and Commons Park


Excelsior - Trolley Rides on Independence Day

July 4th

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Board at Water Street Stop between 3rd and George Streets, or at Old Excelsior Boulevard near Minnetonka Boulevard.

Fares: $2 per person (children 3 and under Free


Chanhassen Fourth of July Celebration

July 4th

  • 7:00 am
    —Adult Fishing Contest (Lake Ann)
  • 10:00 am
    —Chanhassen Rotary Classic Car Show
    —Taste of Chanhassen
    —Rotary Beer & Wine Garden
    —Carnival Rides & Games
  • 11:00 am
    —Kids Fishing Contest (Lake Ann)
    —Sand Sculpture Contest (Lake Ann Beach)
    —Medallion Hunt (Lake Ann Concession Stand)
  • 12:00 pm
    —Live Music featuring American Bootleg
  • 2:30 pm Parade (Downtown Chanhassen)
  • 6:00 pm Chanhassen Red Birds Baseball Game (Chanhassen Storm Red Bird Stadium)
  • 10:00 pm Fireworks (Lake Ann Park)

Locations: All events are held at City Center Park, 7700 Market Blvd in downtown Chanhassen unless noted otherwise.


Plymouth - Happy Birthday America Parade

June 28th

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Celebrate America by taking part in this kiddie parade and patriotic celebration.

Bring your bikes, trikes, wagons and friends. Decorate with streamers and balloons which are provided or bring your own! Beverages and peanut-free snacks will be served.

• Parade decorating at 10:00am
• Parade at 10:30am 
• Magician Annete Fragale at the Hilde Small Stage at 11:00am.


Hilde Performance Center, 3450 Plymouth Blvd, Plymouth, Minnesota 55447


Wayzata Independence Day Breakfast

July 4th

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Begin your day with a 'Revolutionary' breakfast... a festive celebration for patriots of all ages.

$6; USA Veterans eat free

Location: Historic Wayzata Depot, 402 E. Lake Street


Minnesota History Center - Gettysburg Anniversary Commemoration

July 1st - 4th

Celebrate Independence Day and remember the 150th anniversary of the Civil War as the Minnesota Historical Society hosts a four-day salute to the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the fall of Vicksburg.

There will be re-enactors, a tribute, lectures, games, Nine Nights of Music concert and an ice cream social.

Location: Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. 651-259-3000


The Landing - Independence Day 1889

July 4th

Celebrate America's birthday with the settlers of Eagle Creek.

Experience festivities of 1889 by marching in a parade, playing croquet, throwing horseshoes, churning ice cream, riding the horse-drawn trolleys, and more.

Watch a 1860s "base ball" match and listen to the brass band. See live raptors from Richardson Nature Center. The gift shop will be open and food will be available for purchase.

Cost is $5 for ages 18-64; $3 for ages 2-17 and seniors. Children under 2 are admitted free. Ages: All.

10:00 AM - 5 p.m., at The Landing


The Landing is located approximately 23 miles southwest of Minneapolis, MN, at 2187 East Highway 101 in Shakopee.

From Minneapolis, take Interstate 394 west, turn south on U.S. Highway 169 and take Highway 101 west. Take Highway 101 west approximately four miles to The Landing's entrance, which is located on the north side of the highway, just west of Valleyfair Amusement Park.

Call 763/694-7784 for details.






Get Busy!

The summer months bring countless opportunities for fun family activities. To find out about happenings in the Lake Minnetonka area, visit our complete Calendar of Events!

Lake Minnetonka: An area steeped in history

From the days when Dakota Indians inhabited her shores, leaving behind ancient burial mounds which are still visible today, to the era of the steam locomotive and the paddle wheeler when grand Victorian hotels and amusement parks stood proudly on her banks, there has always been something alluring about this enchanted body of water. Learn more...