Fourth of July Parade
Edina will mark Independence Day with a Fourth of July parade, concert and fireworks. The hour-long parade begins at 10 a.m. behind Edina City Hall and proceeds one mile east on 50th Street to the U.S. Bank parking lot at Halifax Avenue. Presenting sponsors are Lunds/Byerly's and U.S. Bank. To catch the night's fireworks show, head to Rosland Park. Music begins at 8:30 p.m. with the fireworks starting at 10 p.m.
The 2017 parade is organized by the Edina Community Foundation with support from the City of Edina. This year's theme is "Honoring Education." The hour-long parade will feature marching bands, clowns, floats, veterans, dogs and more. The 2017 theme stemmed from a desire to shine a spotlight on Edina's exceptional public school system and its impact on life in Edina.
Parade Grand Marshal
"The grand marshals sit in a place of honor toward the head of the parade, which is a great way to recognize outstanding achievement," explained John Swon, Co-Chair of the Parade Planning Committee. In the spirit of honoring the importance of Edina's schools, this year's Grand Marshals will be Dr. Ric Dressen, who just retired as Edina Public Schools Superintendent, and Bruce Locklear, retired Edina High School Principal.
Celebrate Independence Day by attending Edina's annual parade! The Edina Parade will also feature many other Veterans, Edina associations, civic organizations, and some organized neighborhood groups. Organizers recommend spectators arrive early, since an estimated 20,000 people will attend the parade. The parade will also be broadcast live on Edina Channels 16 and 813 and will be air throughout the month.
As is tradition, the First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band will perform the evening of July 4th before the sky lights up. The music begins at 8:30 p.m. and fireworks, sponsored by Fairview Southdale Hospital, begin at 10 p.m. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, visit the Fourth of July Parade website.