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...
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
July 4th at the Commons
Independence Day Happenings
Plymouth Independence Day Celebration
(taking place July 3rd)
The Plymouth Civic League and The City of Plymouth are pleased to announce the 40th annual Music in Plymouth. Free to the public! The Minnesota Orchestra will return for its 40th consecutive performance as the featured element in an evening of diverse entertainment and family activities.
Picnics may be brought to the event or take advantage of a variety of food items for sale on-site. A giant screen will bring the performance closer to the audience. The evening will conclude with a fireworks display choreographed to music.
Schedule of Events:
5:00 PM Welcome
5:15-6:00 PM 451st Army Reserve Band
6:00-6:15 PM Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theater
Hilde Performance Center, 3450 Plymouth Blvd, Plymouth, Minnesota
Excelsior July Fourth Celebration (taking place July 4th)
Excelsior Commons will be the site of the city's July 4th fireworks display. The Minnesota Orchestra will be performing before the display from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Daytime Events (Excelsior-wide)
8 AM - 2 Mile Firecracker Race, Excelsior Commons: start/finish
8:30 AM - 10K Firecracker Race, Excelsior Commons: start/finish
9-10:30 AM - Sand Sculpture Contest, Public Beach, Excelsior Commons
9:30-Noon - Patriotic Popsicle Social, Bandshell while supplies last
11-11:30 AM - Kids’ Patriotic Parade, Begins at 3rd & Water Streets; ends in the Commons
11:30-12:30 PM - Entertainment, Bandshell
Noon-1:00 PM - Kids’ Fishing Contest, Excelsior Commons shoreline
- Preregistration for Fishing Contest starts at 11:30 AM
Saint Anyway (grass stomp), Bandshell
Dinner Time! Visit any of our 16 food booths on Vendor Row
Evening Events (Big Stage, Bandshell and Commons)
6:00-7:30 PM - Chris Thompson & Coral Creek - Bluegrass
8:00-8:15 PM - Michael Wiskus aerobatic demonstration (over Excelsior Bay)
8:20 PM - Salute to Our Veterans
8:25 PM - Presentation of the Colors, Minnesota National Honor Guard
8:30 - 9:30 PM - Minnesota Orchestra Concert
Dusk - Great Big Fireworks Show!!!
10:30-11:59 PM - Clean up and close-down. Please be nice and help us clean up!
Chanhassen Fourth of July Celebration (July 2nd, 3rd & 4th)
Chanhassen's premier community event is celebrating its 28th anniversary! This annual celebration is a year-round topic of conversation in the community and is renowned throughout the state.
This year's activities are scheduled for July 2nd, 3rd and 4th. They include a kiddie parade, community parade, carnival rides and games, adult and children fishing festivals, beach games, the Chamber of Commerce Business Fair, a street dance, Taste of Chanhassen, and the spectacular fireworks display over Lake Ann. City Center Park (north of City Hall) and Lake Ann Community Park are the venues for this event.
JULY 2ND SCHEDULE
3:00 - 10:00 PM — Carnival rides and games
JULY 3RD SCHEDULE
10:00 AM -1:00 PM — MN TWINS YOUTH BASEBALL CLINIC. FREE: For boys and girls ages 6-16, this clinic teaches basic fundamentals of hitting, fielding, and throwing. Two sessions: 10-11:30 AM for ages 6-9; 11:30-1:00 PMfor ages 10-16. (Chanhassen High School Field). Call 952-227-1100 to register.
3:30 PM — BUSINESS EXPO. FREE: Sponsored by the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce. Over 40 local businesses under one tent.
3:30 - 11:00 PM — ROTARY CLUB’S BEER GARDEN & TASTE OF CHANHASSEN. Enjoy some of Chanhassen’s best eats featuring samples from local restaurants. Participants include: Axel’s; Boy Scout Troop #330; Byerly’s; Buffalo Wild Wings; Chanhassen Rotary Club; Culver’s; Frankie’s Pizza, Pasta & More; Gina Maria’s Pizza; Pizzaioli; The School II.
3:30 - 11:00 PM — CARNIVAL RIDES & GAMES. Unlimited ride wrist bands for $20 between 3:30-10 pm on July 3rd only. Enjoy the midway carnival packed with fun rides, games and concessions for every age. ($2.50-$3 each)
3:30-8:30 PM — PONY RIDES. Saddle up and take a pony ride in the park. ($5 per ride)
3:30-8:30 PM — CAMEL RIDES. Take a nice leisurely camel ride around the park. ($5 per ride)
4:00 - 8:00 PM — 3-on-3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. This co-ed tournament features half-court 3-on-3 basketball. Teams are divided into categories: Grades 4-5; Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, and 18+. Sponsored by the MN Timberwolves/National Basketball Academy and Classic Athletics. Team fees apply. For info call 952-227-1122.
5:30 PM — KIDDIE PARADE. FREE: Decorate your wagon, bike, trike, or stroller and assemble in Chanhassen Elementary’s east parking lot at 5 pm for the Annual Kiddie Parade! Parents must accompany children. Traffic control provided. (Parade Route:
West 76th Street, Iroquois, Chan View & Market Blvd.)
5:30 - 11:00 PM — STREET DANCE. FREE: Put on your dancin’ shoes! The Khaki Movement and the incredibly hip Casablanca Orchestra will play music styles from the 1940’s to today. (Large tent)
JULY 4TH SCHEDULE
11:00 AM — KIDS FISHING CONTEST. FREE: Reel em’ in kids! Each contestant will receive a door prize. Trophies and prizes awarded for largest, longest and smallest fish in two age groups: 5-9 yrs, and 10-15 yrs. Pre-registration is required. (Lake Ann Pier)
11:00 AM — CARNIVAL RIDES & GAMES. Enjoy the midway carnival packed with fun rides, games and concessions for every age. ($2.50-$3 each)
11:00 AM — CLASSIC CAR/TRACTOR SHOW. FREE: Cruisers and collectors of all kinds will be on display, featuring cars and tractors from days gone by. Sponsored
by the Chanhassen Rotary Club. (City Center Park, west City Hall parking lot)
11:00 AM — SAND SCULPTURE CONTEST. FREE: Use your imagination and create a sculpture or castle in the sand. A designated area of the beach will be used.
Prizes will be awarded to the most creative and most difficult sculpture. Judging begins at 1:30 pm. (Lake Ann Beach)
11:00 AM — TASTE OF CHANHASSEN. Sample a wide variety of delicious foods at City Center Park.
2:30 PM — JULY 4TH PARADE. FREE Come early to get curbside seating for the old-fashioned, patriotic July 4th Parade - featuring bands, clowns, floats, fire trucks, classic cars, horses, local celebrities, and more! Sponsored by the Chanhassen Rotary Club.
4:00 PM — LIVE MUSIC. FREE: After the parade, enjoy the music under the big tent. Music will be performed by Scarlet County.
6:00 PM — CHANHASSEN RED BIRDS BASEBALL GAME. Come cheer on the Chanhassen Red Birds in the team’s inaugural season as they take on Winthrop in America’s favorite past time! Adults $4, Seniors/Students $2, Kids under 12 FREE (Chanhassen High School Field)
10:00 PM — FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR - FREE: Finish off the 4th with a BANG! Come to Lake Ann Park on July 4th and you’ll see one of the best fireworks displays in the Twin Cities. Fireworks are launched from the east shore of Lake Ann. Note: The trail between Lake Ann Park and Greenwood Shores will be closed from 8:00 am-11:00 pm. (Lake Ann Park)
For questions regarding any aspect of the celebration or for registration information, please call Chanhassen City Hall at 952-227-1100.
The Landing - Independence Day 1889 (taking place July 4th)
Celebrate America's birthday with the settlers of Eagle Creek. Experience festivities of 1889 by marching in a parade, playing croquet, throwing horse shoes, churning ice cream and much more. Defend the town's honor in a "base ball" match. See live raptors from Richardson Nature Center. Gift shop open and food available for purchase.
Ages: 18-64, $5; Ages: 2-11 and Seniors, $3. Children under 2 are Free. Ages: All.
Wednesday, July 4th
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.
Wayzata Independence Day Breakfast (taking place July 4th)
Watch Revolutionary War Soldiers and begin your day with a festive celebration for patriots of all ages. Guests delight in "catching 'em if they can" pancakes tossed from the grill.
Cost: $6 for the public (veterans eat free)
Location: Historic Wayzata Depot, 402 E. Lake Street
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...