Many ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Wayzata

Breakfast event at the Depot will honor veterans

Flying pancakes, a neighborhood parade and mini-Olympic games for kids – these are among the ways many families will celebrate the Fourth of July in Wayzata.

The three longstanding traditions will once again invite residents and visitors to Wayzata to kick off the holiday before the fireworks begin in nearby cities like Excelsior.

Flying Pancake Breakfast

Returning for its 11th year, the Flying Pancake Breakfast invites hungry guests to the Wayzata Depot, 402 Lake St. E. The lakeside celebration, which drew more than 1,600 visitors last year, is hosted by the Lake Minnetonka Children of the American Revolution.

For the “flying” part of the breakfast, guests are invited to use their plate to snag airborne pancakes lobbed by cooks stationed behind the griddle. Walk-up service is also available.

The event runs 8 a.m. to noon, with a 10 a.m. program honoring veterans. The breakfast is $6, but veterans eat free of charge.

The patriotic event began as a service project by youth members of the Lake Minnetonka Children of the American Revolution as a way to present an educational, historical and fun event that honors veterans.

The 7th Pennsylvania Regiment of Revolutionary actors, the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard and the Daughters of the American Revolution will also return to join the celebration. Period-costumed actors will fire their muskets, talk about their uniforms and educate visitors on the history of Independence Day and the men and women who helped found the nation.

Event proceeds will be granted to Minnesota children of injured or deployed military parents, and scholarship grants to outstanding Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets in Minnesota.

Fourth of July Kiddie Parade and Mini-Olympics

Also returning to Wayzata are two long-running community events: The Fourth of July Kiddie Parade and Mini-Olympics.

Neighbors have gathered for the Fourth of July Kiddie Parade each year since the early 1950s, making it the longest running event in Wayzata.

Children are encouraged to dress themselves and their bikes in red, white and blue and other patriotic decorations before joining the 56th annual parade, which will begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of Park Street and Broadway Avenue.

While the parade itself only lasts around 10 minutes, families are invited to stay for free face painting, balloons, lemonade and popsicles. There is no charge to attend, but donations are accepted to help cover costs for next year’s parade.

As is tradition, the parade will feature the Wayzata Fire Department driving the “Grandmother of the Year” in a vintage fire truck. Leading the parade this year will be an honor guard from the Wayzata American Legion.

All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. No battery-powered or motorized vehicles will be allowed in the parade.

Gayle Wilson, a Wayzata resident who’s resided in the neighborhood where the parade runs for more than 30 years, said the event has grown into a great way for past and present community members to get together.

“It’s really amazing to see all these kids that grew up around here and around our community keep coming back, and they’re all bringing their children,” Wilson said. “It’s a fun way to kick off such a great, great holiday.”

The block party-type gathering typically lasts 90 minutes, which gives families time to head to the 44th annual Fourth of July Mini-Olympics, which will begin at 12:30 p.m. on the football field at Wayzata West Middle School, 149 Barry Ave. N.

The events for youth ages 5-12 include a softball throw, running races and running broad jump. Events for children four and under include running races and penny hunting.

The Wayzata Fire Department will again host this year’s games, and fire trucks will be brought to the school for families to enjoy.

For more information, visit wayzata.org.

Source: Sun Sailor | Plenty of ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Wayzata

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