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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.

For our can't-miss finale, we'll have our annual fireworks spectacular - the only public fireworks show on Lake Minnetonka!


7:30 am Firecracker run (1 mile, 5K & 10K)
9:00 am Sand Sculpture Contest at Commons beach
11:00 am Popsicle Social
11:00 am Water Street Kids Parade
4:00 pm Brothers & Others Band Performance
5:30 pm FireFly Forest Band Performance
7:30 pm The Ornery Bastards Performance
9:55 pm National Anthem
Dusk Fireworks Display over Lake Minnetonka


Location: Downtown Excelsior and Commons Park


Wayzata - Flying Pancake Breakfast

July 4th

8 a.m. to Noon

Start your Fourth of July off with a patriotic breakfast! Bring your family and friends to the 10th annual Revolutionary “Flying Pancake” Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at the Depot Park. Join this festive celebration for all ages as guests try to catch pancakes tossed from the griddle and watch revolutionary soldiers perform. At 10 a.m., Mayor Ken Willcox will emcee a short program to honor veterans. $6/person and USA Veterans eat free. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, cold drink and a free flag.

Location: Depot Park


The Landing — Themed Living History Event: Independence Day 1889

July 4th

Celebrate America's birthday. Join a parade, play yard games and churn ice cream. Watch historic baseball and listen to a live brass band. Meet raptors from Richardson Nature Center. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Explore more at each themed living history event and immerse yourself in a different aspect of 1800s life in the Minnesota Valley. Visit with costumed characters living in the frontier, farmstead, and village.Trolleys provide transportation through the site. Food concessions available.

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 763.559.6700 to preregister. Walk-ins welcome.


Chanhassen 4th of July

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

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

July 4th Highlights

7:00 am Adult Fishing Contest (Lake Ann Park) Free
10:00 am 4th of July Costume Contest - Free
10:00 am Chanhassen Rotary Classic Car Show
  Rotary Club of Chanhassen Presents the Taste of Chanhassen & Beer & Wine Garden (Participants: Pizzaioli, Culver's, Kai's Sushi & Grill, Lunds & Byerlys, Chuckwagon Catering, and Chanhassen Dinner Theatre's Brindisi's Pub, & more!)
  Airbrush Tattoos, Face Painting, Wacky Hair & Caricatures — $3-$15
  Midwest Carnival Rides & Concessions — $3-$5 each. All rides $2 after 3:30pm.
11:00 am Kids Fishing Contest (Lake Ann)
  Sand Sculpture Contest (Lake Ann Beach)
  Medallion Hunt (Lake Ann Concession Stand — Clues posted every 20 minutes at beach concession stand. Prize package for winner)
  Bingo sponsored by the Chanhassen Senior Commission (City Center Park)
11:45 am Live Music featuring American Bootleg
2:30 pm Parade (Downtown Chanhassen)
10:00 pm Fireworks Spectacular — (Lake Ann Park) Free
— Trail between Lake Ann and Greenwood Shores Park closes 8am-11pm. 
— On-site parking available



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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...