Fourth of July fireworks

From parades to outdoor music to fireworks, there will be opportunities for fun in the southwest metro on Thursday, July 4.

Independence Day is almost here, and for those looking to celebrate close to home there is no shortage of holiday fun planned in the southwest metro.

Chanhassen

The 36th annual Fourth of July celebration will be held at City Center Park. Fun will include a carnival, Taste of Chanhassen, games and activities, a petting zoo, pony rides, a street dance, Chalk it Up, the Summer Skateboard Series, a kids parade, business expo, fishing and much more. Visit ci.chanhassen.mn.us for a full schedule of events for July 2, 3 and 4. The Fourth will conclude with fireworks over Lake Ann at 10 p.m. The Chanhassen American Legion Post 580 in partnership with the Chanhassen Lions will be hosting free July 5 events including a bean bag tournament (2 p.m.), live music from The Amplifiers (4 p.m.), and MIW wrestling (6 p.m.).

Chaska

Jonathan’s annual Fourth of July Celebration is a 50-year tradition with fun for the whole family. Morning activities include a 5K run and kid-friendly parade from the Karen House, 111000 Bavaria Road, Chaska, to the Kindergarten Center. Festivities will continue at the The Karen House with a bouncy house and slide, petting zoo, face painting, watermelon eating contest, live band, magic show and roaming magician, ice cream truck, popcorn, beverages and trinket bags for the kids.

Eden Prairie

Enjoy entertainment, food, activities and more throughout the day at Round Lake Park! The fun will include inflatables, BMX Demonstrations, kids activities, giant games, food, vendors, the pickleball tournament, a 5K Fun Run, face painting, henna tattoos, street art, a karaoke contest, the Eden Prairie Baseball Association Firecracker Classic, karaoke from 5-7 p.m., trivia from 5:30-7:30 p.m., live music from Synergy at 8 and 10:30 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.

Excelsior

The annual Lake Minnetonka celebration will kick off with the Firecracker Run and will continue throughout the day with food, music, fun and new this year, a Ferris Wheel. Favorite events like the Sand Sculpture Contest, petting zoo and Water Street Kids Parade and Popsicle Social, ​culminating in fireworks over Excelsior Bay.

Enterprise reporter

Meghan Davy Sandvold is a regional reporter covering the eight Southwest News Media communities. Born and raised in the Lake Minnetonka area, she now calls Eden Prairie home.

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