Lake Minnetonka Fourth of July fireworks are canceled

The fireworks show in Excelsior has been held every year since 1888.
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The Ferris wheel at the 2019 Lake Minnetonka Fourth of July Celebration in Excelsior.

The Ferris wheel at the 2019 Lake Minnetonka Fourth of July Celebration in Excelsior.

The Lake Minnetonka Fourth of July Celebration has been held in Excelsior since 1888, but this year it won't be happening, the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of commerce said.

The Chamber, which puts on the annual fireworks show and coinciding activities, made the announcement on May 11, calling it a "difficult decision" to cancel the event.

"The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone involved in the event is paramount," the Chamber said in a Facebook post.

"While we know this outcome is disappointing, we believe it is the right decision at this time. We know the Lake Minnetonka Fourth of July is a celebrated family tradition."

This year would have been the 132nd year of the Lake Minnetonka Fourth of July Celebration, according to the Chamber's website.

It has grown into an event that attracts more than 100,000 people and features a kids parade, a Firecracker Run, live music and a festival with food trucks and a Ferris wheel on The Commons in downtown Excelsior.

The Lake Minnetonka Fourth of July Celebration is the latest event to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce has already canceled many of its other popular events, including Luck O' the Lake in March and Excelsior Art on the Lake in June.

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