It’s the city’s most anticipated event of the year.

The Fourth of July Parade, produced by the Rotary Club of Chanhassen, is a highlight of the holiday's festivities.

“I just love the energy at the parade — all the kids, all the people, all the people having parties. All the people that are in the parade are excited to be there,” said Parade Committee Chair Matt Jones, with the Rotary Club of Chanhassen.

The event draws thousands of people every year. Jones recommends that people arrive along the parade route early. Many spectators stake out their spots along the route the night before, he notes.

The parade may have about 80 units, Jones estimated. It’s not expensive to join as a parade entry — just $100, he said. “I think it’s great visibility for a business,” he said. It can be a bit shocking for someone new to the parade to witness the massive crowds, Jones said.

“When they started the Fourth of July festivities quite a while ago, it was just to bind everyone together. It’s good to have something that’s positive and showcases the city,” he said.

“It’s the patriotism, but it’s also people getting together to have fun and enjoy each other and celebrate each other and the country,” Jones said. “There’s a lot of negativity in our world, and this is one of those things which is uniformly positive, and I think that’s just great.”

“It’s become a tradition and people love traditions,” Jones said.

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Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.

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