Edina, Minn., June 25, 2021 – The annual Independence Day celebrations return in person in 2021 with the parade July 3 and the First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band concert July 4.
The Edina Fourth of July Parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 3. The hour-long parade, featuring animals, floats, fire trucks and marching bands along with local businesses and organizations, starts behind City Hall, 4801 W. 50th St. The route heads down West 50th Street, ending at Halifax Avenue in downtown Edina.
Continuing a tradition started in 1970, the First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band will play a special Independence Day concert starting at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 4, at Rosland Park, 4300 W. 66th St.
Due to COVID-19-related fireworks shortages, there will not be a fireworks show after the concert this year. The traditional vendor didn’t have the supplies, and the Edina Community Foundation, which sponsors the Independence Day events, couldn’t find an alternate vendor that had both supplies and staff available for July 4. Fireworks will return in 2022.
This year’s parade, themed “Coming Together,” will feature health care workers and local businesses as grand marshals.
An estimated 20,000 people view the parade in person. Bleachers will not be available this year. Parade viewers are allowed to set up chairs or blankets in advance of the parade, but are asked to avoid blocking sidewalks. An emcee near City Hall will announce each parade entry.
Those who are unable to attend the parade can watch it via Facebook Live or Edina TV (Comcast Channels 813 and 16). Check the City of Edina’s Facebook page at the parade start for the video stream. The parade will be rebroadcast on Edina TV throughout July.
Learn more about the parade, lineup, sponsors and more at edinaparade.org.
Braemar Golf Course, Centennial Lakes Park and the Edina Aquatic Center will be open July 4 for family fun and activities. Edina Liquor stores will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 4, with delivery available 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. They also will be open July 5.
Most City offices, including City Hall, will be closed Monday, July 5, to observe the holiday. The Edina Senior Center also will be closed July 5.