The Midway

The midway, pictured at Chanhassen’s 2018 Fourth of July celebration.

Chanhassen’s Fourth of July Celebration is back.

The three-day event has historically been the city’s largest festival, drawing around 70,000 visitors over the course of the weekend.

While there were still some activities last year during the pandemic — a farmers market, fireworks display and a plane flyover, where local pilots flew historic T-6 aircrafts over the city — this year’s celebration returns “full-scale,” thanks to recent state restrictions being lifted, according to the Parks and Recreation department.

The change comes after statewide loosened restrictions by Gov. Tim Walz. Before May 7, there was a 50 person limit on outdoor gatherings, but new rules now state there is no maximum group size for outdoor social events and no state mask mandate.

“We’re really looking forward to finally being able to throw a pre-pandemic style event,” said Parks and Recreation Supervisor Priya Tandon. “Everything is a go. I think the community is really excited to get back to normal.”

The annual carnival, parade, street dance, food and beverages and more will be held at City Center Park in downtown Chanhassen and Lake Ann Park from July 2-4.