Five-day Coon Rapids 4th of July celebration deals with heat

Hot, steamy weather greeted Coon Rapids’ annual 4th of July celebration when it began at Sand Creek Park Saturday and did not let up throughout its five-day run which ended Wednesday, July 4 with the annual fireworks display.

Shannon Connolly, 6, rides the Dragon Wheel at Sand Creek Park Saturday.
Shannon Connolly, 6, rides the Dragon Wheel at Sand Creek Park Saturday.

And the 90-plus temperatures and high humidity had an impact on the number of people that came to Sand Creek Park for the various events planned by the Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club and Coon Rapids Firefighters.

“We sold more bottled water than beer,” said John Leggate, Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club.

The opening day Saturday featured a Crafts at the Creek craft show, which continued Sunday, and a car show, which brought dozens of collector cars to Sand Creek Park Saturday evening.

Skate Jam 12, sponsored by Coon Rapids Youth First, Anoka-Hennepin Community Education and Hot Spot Skateshop, also took place Saturday evening at the Sand Creek Skatepark with competition for beginning, intermediate and pro levels, plus a best trick contest on the box/rail.

Prizes were awarded for first- second- and third-place finishes at each competition level with entries limited to youngsters ages 11 to 17.

Bands performed on four of the five nights of the celebration – TC Cats June 30, Kill A Brew July 1, Splatter Sisters July 2 and Zed Leppelin July 3.

And Monday night the annual parade, which is put on by the Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club, had more than 70 units, starting and ending at Sand Creek Park.

The midway was open all five days and on Wednesday, July 4, a bean bag tournament, a new event for the celebration took place in the morning.

Prior to the fireworks display put on by the fire department at 10 p.m. July 4, there was music from disc jockey, K-Fult Productions,

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]