From fireworks and parades to fishing contests and flying pancakes, Lake Minnetonka will be humming with patriotism this July 4.
The Cottagewood 4th of July Celebration & Children's Parade
When: When: 10 a.m., Pledge of Allegiance
Where: , opens at 7 a.m.
Why Go: Celebrate Independence Day in Americana style at the Cottagewood General Store. There will be a kid's carnival, raffle for great prizes and lots of red, white and blue fun for the whole family. Everyone is welcome! For more information please visit www.cottagewoodusa.com.
35th Annual Firecracker Run
When: The two-mile race is at 8 a.m. and the 10k is at 8:30 a.m.
Why Go: Might as well put a little spice into your fitness routine for the holiday.
Price: On race day, $5 for two-miles and $35 for the 10k.
The Revolutionary "Flying Pancakes"
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When: 8 a.m. to noon
Where: The Historic Wayzata Depot (402 Lake Street E, Wayzata)
Why Go: Catch your breakfast while it’s hot, hear tales from revolutionary actors and see powder muskets fired every hour on the hour
Price: $6 includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, cold drink and a flag. Veterans eat for free.
Sand Sculpture Competition
When: 9 a.m.
Why Go: Get creative down by the lakeside.
Broadway Kiddie Parade
When: 10 a.m.
Where: On the corner of Park Street and Broadway Avenue in Wayzata
Why Go: All kids accompanied by an adult can participate, as well as enjoy face painting, balloons, popsicles and more.
Patriotic Popsicle Social
When: 9:30 a.m.
Where: Band shell at
Why Go: Popsicles? Life for a kid (and kids at heart) doesn’t get much better.
Kids' Patriotic Parade
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Begins at Third and Water Street and marches to the Excelsior Commons.
Why Go: See the little ones proudly flaunt the red, white and blue.
Kids' Fishing Contest
When: 12 to 1 p.m. (registration begins at 11:30 a.m.)
Why Go: Prepare to catch the big ones.
Live Outdoor Music and entertainment in Excelsior
When: 4 to 8:15 p.m.
Why Go: Live entertainment featuring Saint Anyway Stomp Grass Trio (4-5:30 p.m.), Chris Thompson and Coral Creek (6:30-7 p.m.) and Michael Wiskus Aerobatic demonstration over Gideon and Excelsior Bays.
Mini Olympics for Kids
When: 12:30 p.m.
Why Go: Kids under 12 can get outside and compete in the Wayzata Fire Department’s variety of events.
When: 3 to 7 p.m.
Where: Lord Fletchers (3746 Sunset Drive, Spring Park)
Why Go: Four decades of hits music fans of all ages can sing along to.
Price: No cover charge
Minnesota Orchestra & Fireworks
When: 8:15 to 10:30 p.m.
Why Go: The Minnesota Orchestra will perform at 8:30 p.m. and fireworks will top of the evening at 10 p.m.