Still time to join the Coon Rapids 4th of July celebration parade

Entries are still being taken for the annual Coon Rapids 4th of July celebration parade.

The parade will take place Monday, July 2 as part of the celebration at Sand Creek Park, which begins Saturday, June 30 and runs through Wednesday, July 4.

The Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club is sponsoring the parade, which will take place rain or shine.

“There is still plenty of room for entries,” said Diane Buszta, Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club member and parade chairperson.

Parade line-up starts at 4 p.m. and begins at 6 p.m.

The parade leaves the park on 113th Avenue, then turns north on to Kumquat Street before turning left again on to Northdale Boulevard to return to the park.

The roads leading to the park will close at 5:30 p.m. – no admittance to the line-up area will be allowed after that time, according to Buszta.

Units pay a $50 entrance fee, but political units (local, state and federal) pay a $75 entrance fee, Buszta said.

Exempt from this policy are visiting royalty floats and bands, she said.

Because of safety concerns, no candy, printed matter or materials of any kind can be thrown or tossed from floats, vehicle or other float units while on the parade route, according to Buszta.

These items must be handed out by walkers curbside, Buszta said.

For more parade information, contact Buszta via e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 612-366-1834 or go to the website

The July 4 celebration opens Saturday, June 30 with an 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]

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.

And the annual Skate Jam skateboard competition is scheduled June 30 at the park from 7 to 9 p.m.

There will be musical entertainment at the park on four evenings – 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 first annual bean bag tournament will take place Wednesday, July 4 at Sand Creek Park with team check-in at 9:30 a.m.

Pool play with single elimination brackets starts at 10 a.m.

The tournament will be limited to the first 16 paid teams; there is a $25 per team entry fee.

Teams can comprise two to four players of any gender, but participants must be 18 years of age or older.

Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams plus a consolation bracket winner; there will also be a prize for the team with the best uniform.

Deadline to enter is Wednesday, June 27. Contact Ryan Gunderson, tournament director, at 763-767-6513 or e-mail [email protected].

Throughout the five-day 4th of July celebration, the midway opens at noon.

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.

And the 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]