Crowds filled downtown Excelsior Thursday for the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration.

Beginning with Firecracker Runs of one mile, a 5K and a 10K, food trucks and a Ferris wheel welcomed residents and visitors to The Commons along Lake Minnetonka.

A kids parade also marched down Water Street in downtown Excelsior in the morning.

The evening concluded with fireworks that were shot off from a barge on Lake Minnetonka’s Excelsior Bay.

Excelsior’s Fourth of July firework show has been going on for 137 consecutive years — this year, $80,000 was invested in the event.

Community Editor

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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