Coon Rapids’ annual 4th of July celebration returns to Sand Creek Park for a five-day run.
The event begins Saturday, June 30 and ends Wednesday, July 4 with a fireworks display at 10 p.m.
Other highlights include a carnival, parade, a car show, Crafts at the Creek and band concerts on four of the five evenings.
The celebration opens Saturday, June 30 with the all-day Crafts at the Creek, which will continue Sunday, July 1. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
Applications for a craft booth have to be in by June 28. Contact John Leggate at 763-757-4971 or 800-757-4971, or by e-mail at [email protected]
The Crafts at the Creek event takes place rain or shine.
The first day of the celebration June 30 also features a car show from 6 to 11 p.m.; all cars, trucks and motorcycles, including hot rods and old cars, are welcome.
There will be a $5 donation to the Anoka County Brotherhood Council Food Shelf for participants.
Both the car show and Crafts at the Creek are sponsored by the Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club.
The club also puts on the annual parade, which takes place Monday, July 2, rain or shine, starting at 6 p.m.
The parade route leaves Sand Creek Park on 113th Avenue, then turns left on to Kumquat Street, before making another left turn on to Northdale Boulevard to return to the park.
Parade route roads will be closed to traffic at 5:30 p.m.
Entertainment will be provided by TC Cats with 1950s and 1960s music, Saturday, June 30 at 7 p.m.; Kill-A-Brew, country, Sunday, July 1, 7 p.m.; The Splatter Sisters, family entertainment after the parade, Monday, July 2; and Zed-Leppelin, Led Zeppelin experience, Tuesday, July 3, 7 p.m.
The midway opens at noon all five days of the celebration.
In addition, the Coon Rapids Firefighters will have a bingo and pull tabs tent, starting at noon June 30, July 1 and 4 and at 2 p.m. July 2 and 3.
The Coon Rapids Northstar Lions Club will serve breakfast from the Sand Creek Park concession stand each day from 8 to 11 a.m. as well as food and beverages the rest of the day and evening.
Peter Bodley is at [email protected]