Are you prepared for some patriotic revelry?

It takes a lot to plan a hometown celebration. However, after reserving the bands, choosing the meals vehicles, and finalizing the schedule, organizers nonetheless want somewhat assist from Mom Nature.

Jay Lotthammer, the Metropolis of Eden Prairie’s parks and recreation director, has his fingers crossed that the climate will cooperate for the town’s 4th of July Hometown Celebration unfold over three days and two areas this vacation weekend. 

The early climate forecast seems promising. 

“That’s what they’re telling us now,” Lotthammer stated. “Hopefully, it doesn’t change.”


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There’s good cause for all in Eden Prairie to look hopefully on the skies for this All-American celebration that gives its share of patriotic enjoyable. 

Lotthammer expects Monday’s Independence Day festivities to draw about 8,000-10,000 residents to the pleasant confines of Spherical Lake Park, 16691 Valley View Highway, culminating with fireworks at 10 p.m.

“Popping out of COVID, any time we’ve got had an out of doors occasion, we’ve seen file numbers of individuals so we anticipate this can be nicely attended,” he stated. 

Outside live performance, Sparklefest

Town’s hometown celebration begins with a free out of doors live performance referred to as Strike Up the Band: A Navy Salute from 6:30 to eight:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Staring Lake Amphitheatre, 14800 Pioneer Path. 

The Eden Prairie Group Band and Jazz on the Prairie Massive Band will play some patriotic favorites. Native veterans and energetic navy can be saluted for his or her service.

Two nights later, Sparklefest returns for its second yr, this time at Spherical Lake Park. From 6-10 p.m. Sunday, July 3, the free kid-friendly occasion affords such actions as a DJ dance occasion, hands-on artwork stations, inflatables, garden video games, and avenue artwork. Numerous meals vehicles can even be available (many can be again the following evening on the July 4 festivities). 

Final yr’s inaugural Sparklefest befell at Staring Lake Park Amphitheatre. This yr it will likely be at Spherical Lake Park on July 3.

“That is supposed to be a really household pleasant a part of the occasion and actually centered on youthful youngsters,” Lotthammer stated. 

On the finish of it, he stated there’s a 5-to-7-minute kid-friendly, mini-fireworks show that isn’t as large, loud or so long as the one the following evening. 

“As a household, in case you simply needed to have somewhat extra of a low-key evening however nonetheless expertise the fireworks, we begin them somewhat bit earlier than those on the Fourth of July, then Spherical Lake is a good place to return (for Sparklefest),” he stated.

It was at Staring Lake Park final yr. “However, due to the flexibility to have the stage arrange and able to go at Spherical Lake for the Fourth, we stated let’s transfer it over to Spherical Lake,” he stated.

Fourth of July

On Independence Day, the hometown celebration continues at Spherical Lake Park from 3 to 10 p.m., although the seashore opens at 11 a.m. 

At 3 p.m., the neighborhood plaza formally opens and 16 meals vehicles open for enterprise, promoting numerous meals, desserts and drinks. These embrace Cookie Dough Bliss and Creamery, Lemon Heaven, Pink’s Savoy, Westrums, Cafe Cairo, Tender Serve Social, Wingman Matt, Thai Thai, Maui Wowi, Muddy Tiger, and the Eden Prairie Lion’s Membership/Fats Pants Brewery.

Lotthammer stated the town “elevated” the variety of meals vehicles at each Sparklefest and the July 4 celebration, but in addition the standard of the meals supplied.

“(Sparklefest) can be somewhat bit extra in direction of the new canine and lemonade and youngsters ice cream, however there’ll nonetheless be some pizza and Mexican avenue meals and Meditaranean meals, some Greek and Egyptian, and each can be there the third and 4th,” he stated. “However on the Fourth we add much more meals vehicles into the combo, to hopefully encourage folks to return hungry and expertise extra of a meals truck plaza expertise.”

Lotthammer stated Spherical Lake Park can be a wonderful place for households and neighbors to collect and hearken to music through the late afternoon and early night on the Fourth of July. 

Each bands acting on July 4 are making their EP Hometown Celebration debut. 

A photograph from the 2019 July 4 celebration.

Music begins at 6:30 p.m. from the Brian Kinney Band. The band, in response to its web site, “soulfully” crosses the musical spectrum of R&B, jazz, swing, rock, funk, Latin, reggae and extra. 

After a welcome from Mayor Ron Case and the Metropolis Council at 7:45 p.m., the Free and Simple Band takes the stage at 8 p.m. till the fireworks start at 10 p.m. 

The Free & Simple Band payments itself as Minnesota’s premiere stage band. It performs retro and present hits from such artists as Stevie Marvel, Justin Bieber, Pitbull, and a Prince medley.

Many native Eden Prairie non-profit organizations, together with EPLN, could have a sales space or desk arrange on Monday. Different teams featured embrace Writers Risings Up, the Eden Prairie Group Basis, and Eden Prairie Girls of Immediately. 

At each Sparklefest and the July 4 festivities, folks can carry a reusable water bottle and refill on water all night at no cost on the metropolis’s new hydration station. 

Parking is accessible on the Group Middle and Eden Prairie Excessive Faculty. A complimentary shuttle bus will choose up and drop off folks on the Group Middle close to the digital signal board. 

Parking for autos with a legitimate incapacity parking placard is positioned on the tennis courtroom lot at Spherical Lake Park. These areas can be found on a first-come foundation.

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