Lake Minnetonka Fireworks – July 4th, 2017
Lake Minnetonka, in Hennepin County, Minnesota, was ceded to the U.S. government in 1851 through a 2-million-acre land transfer by the Dakota people. The following year, Governor Alexander Ramsey, who served as the first governor of Minnesota Territory, named the lake using the Dakota words “minne” for water and “tonka” for big or great. It is an apt name, because Lake Minnetonka is the 9th largest lake in Minnesota.
Lake Minnetonka was and continues to be a huge draw. In 1861, the first steamboat, named “Governor Ramsey,” was launched on the lake. The commercial potential of the water was immediately apparent to industrial investors and farmers.
Soon, Lake Minnetonka was attracting tourists, with the 1860s seeing a post-Civil War influx of tourists from the South. By the 1880s, there were numerous hotels on its shores, and the Minnetonka Yacht Club was formed.
4th of July Celebration on Lake Minnetonka
Lake Minnetonka continues to bring people to its shores, not only to enjoy the water, but for special events. In 1888, the Lake Minnetonka Fourth of July celebration was established and includes the only fireworks display on the lake.
Produced by the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce, the Fourth of July celebration is held in Commons Park, downtown Excelsior. It is a day-long event that includes Firecracker Runs (1 mile, 5K, and 10k), a sand sculpture contest, a kids’ parade and popsicle social, and food vendors. There are musical performances throughout the afternoon and evening, ending with the National Anthem just before the fireworks start at dusk. (For a full schedule of the day, visit http://www.excelsior-lakeminnetonkachamber.com/lake-minnetonka-4th-of-july.html.)
It’s the sort of event that makes for a great family gathering.
Preparing for Fourth of July Company
If you’ve got the Lake Minnetonka Fourth of July celebration on your calendar, and you’ve invited family from out of town to stay with you for the festivities, you’ll want to be prepared. That means getting guest bedrooms ready and making the house presentable for company. Understandably, you are going to want to concentrate on socializing for the holiday, rather than tidying up.
It’s time to call Tidy Touch. Our cleaning technicians will put your house in order for your guests so that you can serve as a gracious host and introduce them to all the history and fun Lake Minnetonka has to offer.
When your guests return to their own homes after the July 4th holiday, call on Tidy Touch again for the post-company clean-up.
Tidy Touch can help you enjoy the fireworks and other festivities on Lake Minnetonka!