An abundance of festivities sweep the Southwest Metro around the Fourth of July. If your town isn’t hosting an event, be neighborly, and head over to nearby towns that offer everything from carnival rides and face painting to live music and parades.
This two-day event kicks off on July 3 with beach activities, beer, bingo and food in Round Lake Park from 5-9 p.m. Enjoy live music, ranging from patriotic tunes to jazz to today’s hottest hits. On July 4, festivities last all day long. Participate in the 5K fun run, get your face painted or hands henna tattooed or join in the karaoke contest. Dance band Synergy performs at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The fireworks go off at 10 p.m. Prices vary; a majority of the events are free to attend. Find out more at edenprairie.org/Calendar.
Chanhassen’s 36th Annual Fourth of July Celebration starts July 2 at City Center Park with family night at the carnival from 3-10 p.m. Enjoy more carnival activities from 4:30-11 p.m. July 3 (same location), a business expo, Taste of Chanhassen and a street dance. The party continues at 10 a.m. July 4 with an added car show. Watch the parade in downtown Chanhassen, and end the night in Lake Ann Park with 10 p.m. fireworks. Prices vary; a majority of the events are free. Information is available at ci.chanhassen.mn.us, or contact Audrey Swantz at 952.227.1122.
At dusk on the Fourth of July, the Lake Waconia Fireworks Festival is back for another year of dazzling fireworks (don’t forget to check out the show on the lake, too, as fireworks’ reflections offer their own entertainment). Grab blankets, snacks, friends and family for this free event from 9:30-10:30 p.m. Find out more at destinationwaconia.org or call 952.442.5812.