City of Edina: Fourth of July activities

The city of Edina and the Edina Community Foundation encourage residents and visitors to participate in the community’s annual Independence Day activities.

Attendees will enjoy the annual Fourth of July parade and later in the evening can head to Rosland Park for a concert and fireworks at dusk.

This year’s events will be kick-started with a 45-minute parade at 10 a.m. behind Edina City Hall, 4801 W. 50th St.

The parade route proceeds one mile east to the U.S. Bank parking lot at West 50th Street and Halifax Avenue. The parade theme honors WWII veterans.

Grand Marshals are Marv Haas, U.S. Army; Bob Ries, U.S. Marine Corps; Ralph MacHolda, Army, Navy, Marine Merchant; Lloyd Flynn, U.S. Marine Corps; Tom Richards, U.S. Army; Richard Kaminski, U.S. Air Force, Donald Dick, U.S. Navy; Robert Harvey, U.S. Navy Air; and Dick Peterson, U.S. Air Force.

Organizers recommend spectators arrive early, because an estimated 20,000 people will attend the parade. The parade will be broadcast live on Edina Channels 16 and 813 and will be aired throughout the month. The video will also be available online after the parade. The broadcast is sponsored by Explore Edina.

In the evening, there will be a concert and fireworks at Rosland Park, 4300 W. 66th St. As tradition, the First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band will perform at 8:30 p.m. Following, the fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m.

The 2015 parade is organized by the Edina Community Foundation with support from the city of Edina. Fairview Southdale Hospital is the sponsor of this year’s fireworks display.

For more information about the Independence Day events, visit EdinaMN.gov/parks.