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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

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. 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.     1 Mile Firecracker Family Fun Run
  • 8:30             Firecracker 5K and 10K runs
  • 9:00-10:30   Sand Sculpture Contest at Commons beach
  • 9:30-noon     Popsicle Social
  • 11:00           Water Street Kids Parade
  • 4:00             The Ornery Bastards perform, Commons Bandshell
  • 6:15 p.m.     The Wolverines Big Band performs, Commons Bandshell
  • 8:00             Aerobatic Air Show
  • 8:45             Salute to our Veterans
  • 8:50             Presentation of the Colors
  • 9:00             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


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.


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
4:30 pm SW Metro Chamber of Commerce Business Expo
  Taste of Chanhassen
  Rotary Beer & Wine Garden
  Live Music featuring The Medicine Show Music Company
  Kiddie Games & Entertainment
  Pony & Camel Rides
  3-on-3 Basketball Tournament sponsored by the Chan Rec Sports Program
5:00 pm Live Music featuring Ragtown
5:30 pm Kiddie Parade
7:00-11:00 pm Street Dance featuring CasaBlanca Orchestra (CBO)
7:30 pm 3rd Lair Summer Skateboard Series Competition


July 4th Highlights

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 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)
12:00 pm Live Music featuring American Bootleg
2:30 pm Parade (Downtown Chanhassen)
10:00 pm Fireworks (Lake Ann Park)







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...