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Lake Minnetonka Area 4th of July Events

June 29, 2019

From fireworks to feasts, from live performances to parades, Lake Minnetonka is the place to be on Independence Day!

Excelsior Independence Day Events

Full Event Schedule:

  • 7:30 am — Firecracker Runs (1 mile, 5K & 10K)
  • 9:00 am — Sand Sculpture Contest at kids beach
  • 9:00 am-9:30 — Ferris Wheel
  • 11:00 am — Water Street Kids’ Parade and Popsicle Social
  • 11:00 am-1:00 pm — Petting Zoo
  • Dusk (9:45-10:00) — The best fireworks on Lake Minnetonka!

Music Lineup:

  • 11:00 am — DJ
  • 3:30 pm — The Legendary Percolators Band
  • 7:00 pm — 34th Infantry Division “Red Devils” Rock Band

Kids Parade Event Information

Decorate your children’s bikes, scooters or wagons with patriotic pride and come walk in the parade to watch their bright smiles. 

The Kids Parade will begin at Kowalski’s Market on Water St at 11:00am. The parade runs down Water St, turns onto Lake St. and ends at the Excelsior Commons. There will be popsicles, music and a petting zoo at the finish line! 

Show your Sand Artistry in the Sand Sculpture Contest

Have you spent hours out on the beach letting your imagination soar with sand? Then you should participate in our fun sand sculpture contest! Come to the small Excelsior Beach a little before 9:00am and the Noon Rotary will get you set up with everything you need!


Wayzata Independence Day Events

Flying Pancake Breakfast

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.

Time: 8:00AM-Noon
Location: Wayzata Depot

Broadway Kiddie Parade

The 58th annual Broadway Kiddie Parade will take place at 10 a.m. on the corner of Park Street and Broadway Avenue. Every year the Kiddie Parade kicks off with the Wayzata Fire Department driving the “Grandmother of the Year” in the WFD’s vintage fire truck, the “Wilcox” (no relation to the Mayor). Free balloons, lemonade, popsicles, and face painting will be available. Kids need to be accompanied by parent or guardian in order to participate. Please do not bring any battery operated or motorized vehicles to the event.

Time: 10:00AM-11:00AM
Location: Park Street and Broadway, Wayzata

44th Annual Mini Olympics

The Wayzata Fire Department will once again sponsor the 46th annual Mini Olympics for kids at the Wayzata West Middle School football field at 12:30 p.m. The events for youth ages 5-12 include a softball throw, running races and the running broad jump. Events for children four and under include running races and penny hunting.

Time 12:30PM
Location: Wayzata West Middle School (Football Field)

4th of July Boat Parade

The parade will be held on the west side of Wayzata Bay, starting north of Spirit Island.

The parade will be led by the Wayzata Fire Department’s Fire Boat and is organized by the Parks & Trails Board.

The parade route will proceed north along the west shoreline of the bay, pass in front of the Wayzata Beach and Depot and conclude at the Broadway docks.

Time 2:30PM
Location: Wayzata Bay


Chanhassen Independence Day Events

Location: Chanhassen City Center Park, 7700 Market Boulevard

July 4th Events

  • 7-10am Adult Fishing Conests (Lake Ann)
    —$20. Pre-registration required. Limited to 50 people.
    —Catch & release.
    —Prizes awarded for top-3 longest northern and top-3 longest bass.
    —Door prizes for all that fish the entire contest.
  • 10am-1pm Rotary Club of Chanhassen’s Classic Car Show
    (City Center Park, West Parking Lot)
    —Free
  • 10am-5pm Rotary Club of Chanhassen presents:
    Taste of Chanhassen and Beer & Wine Garden
  • 10am-5pm Face Painting & Wacky Hair
    —$3-$15
    —Brought to you by Maund Entertainment.
  • 10am-6pm Midwest Carnival Rides & Concessions (City Center Park)
    —Rides are $3-$5. $2 each after 3:30pm.
  • 10:30-11:30am Kids Fishing Contest (Lake Ann Fishing Pier)
    —Free
    —Pre-registration encouraged.
    —Trophies & prizes awarded for largest, longest, & smallest fish.
    —Categories: Ages 5-9 & Ages 10-15
  • 11am Medallion Hunt (Lake Ann Park)
    —11am until found.
    —Clues posted every 20 minutes at the beach concession stand.
    —Winner received prize package.
  • 11am-Noon Sand Sculpture Contest (Lake Ann Beach)
    —Free
    —Prizes awarded for most creative & most difficult.
    —Age categories: Ages 12 & Under & Ages 13+
  • 11:45am-1:45pm Bingo! (City Center Park)
    —Sponsored by the Chanhassen Senior Commission & Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Chanhassen
    —Free
    —Prizes
  • 11:45am-1:45pm Live Music featuring American Bootleg (City Center Park)
    —Free
    —A can’t miss music performance of classic songs.
  • 2:30pm-4:00pm 4th of July Parade (Downtown Chanhassen)
    —Produced by Rotary Club of Chanhassen
    —Free
  • 10pm Fireworks (Lake Ann)
    —Sponsored by City of Chanhassen and Community Event Sponsors
    —Free
    —Park Rules

Note: Trail between Lake Ann & Greenwood Shores Park closed from 8am-11pm. On-site parking is available.


The Landing — Independence Day 1889

Celebrate America’s birthday. Join a parade, play yard games and churn ice cream. Watch historic baseball and listen to a brass band. Meet raptors from Richardson Nature Center. Enter through the west entrance. Drop-in anytime; last entry at 4 PM.

Time: 10:00 am 5:00 pm
Fees:$8 ages 18-64
$5 ages 2-17 and 65+
Children under 2 free.
Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Location: The Landing, 2187 Highway 101 East, Shakopee, MN.  (763) 694-7784

Last modified: July 3, 2019

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