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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

Excelsior's Annual 4th of July Celebration

July 4th

Independence Day 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. Then, for our can't-miss finale, we'll have our annual fireworks spectacular - the only public fireworks show on Lake Minnetonka!


8:00 am Firecracker run
9:00-10:30 am Sand Sculpture Contest at Commons beach
11:00 am Popsicle Social
11:00 am Water Street Kids Parade
5:00 pm The Ornery Bastards perform, Commons Bandshell
7:00 pm The Wolverines Big Band performs, Commons Bandshell
9:55 pm National Anthem
Dusk Fireworks Display over Lake Minnetonka


Location: Downtown Excelsior and Commons Park


Excelsior - Trolley Rides on Independence Day

July 4th

10:00 AM - 2:00 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


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 $8 for ages 18-64; $5 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.


Chanhassen 4th of July

July 2nd to 4th

This annual celebration is a year-round topic of conversation in the community and is renowned throughout the state. Participation levels top 10,000 people per day.

This year's activities are scheduled for July 2, 3, and 4.

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

July 2nd Highlights

3:00-10:00 pm Family Night at the Carnival


July 3rd Highlights

10:00-11:30 am Twins Baseball/Softball Clinic, Ages 6-9
11:30 am-1:00 pm Twins Baseball/Softball Clinic, Ages 10-16
3:30 pm Carnival Rides
4:00 pm Kiddie Games & Entertainment
  Pony Rides
  3-on-3 Basketball Tournament sponsored by the Chan Rec Sports Program
4:30 pm SW Metro Chamber of Commerce Business Expo
  Taste of Chanhassen
  Rotary Beer & Wine Garden
  Live Music featuring The Medicine Show Music Company
  Water Wars
  Gamin' Ride Video Games
  Micro-Reality Stock Car Speedway Racing
  Airbrush Tattoos
  Face Painting
  Wacky Hairdos & Caricatures
5:00 pm Live Music featuring Ragtown
5:30 pm Kiddie Parade
6:00 pm Chan Rec Center Tae Kwon Do Demonstration
  Chalk-it-Up Drawing Contest
7:00-11:00 pm Street Dance featuring CasaBlanca Orchestra (CBO)


July 4th Highlights

7:00 am Adult Fishing Contest
9:00 am 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
10:00 am Chanhassen Rotary Classic Car Show
  Famous American Impersonation Contest
  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)
  Bingo sponsored by the Chanhassen Senior Commission (City Center Park)
  Airbrush Tattoos
  Face Painting
  Wacky Hairdos & Caricatures
11:45 am Live Music featuring American Bootleg
2:30 pm Parade (Downtown Chanhassen)
10:00 pm Fireworks (Lake Ann Park)



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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...