Favorites Lake Minnetonka Regional Park
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...
July 4th at the Commons
Independence Day Happenings
Lake Minnetonka - Annual 4th of July Celebration
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!
Locations: Downtown Excelsior and Commons Park
Excelsior - Trolley Rides on Independence Day
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
Locations: All events are held at City Center Park, 7700 Market Blvd in downtown Chanhassen unless noted otherwise.
Plymouth - Happy Birthday America Parade
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
Hilde Performance Center, 3450 Plymouth Blvd, Plymouth, Minnesota 55447
Wayzata Independence Day Breakfast
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Begin your day with a 'Revolutionary' breakfast... a festive celebration for patriots of all ages.
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
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.
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...