Get your red, white and blue on in St. Anthony Park

St. Anthony Park’s annual Independence Day celebration is getting a fun boost this year. Yes, there will be early-morning races Wednesday, July 4, and the Grand Parade, complete with decorated trikes and wagons, many of your favorite neighborhood institutions, vintage cars and maybe a unicycler or two; and yes, music, patriotic essays, pony rides and all the high-stakes tennis, bean bag, horseshoe and volleyball tourneys will be had in Langford Park starting at noon.

New this year: food trucks at Langford Park and come 4 p.m., the 4th in the Park will host a “Back to the 4th Happy Hour,” from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sunrise Banks parking lot with beer from Rush River Brewing Company and music by The Rockin’ Hollywoods.

The music is free, but there will be a $15 fee for the beer garden. Sunrise Banks is at the corner of Como and Doswell avenues.

To see a complete list of all the 4th in the Park activities planned, go to page 11. And please sign up to help. The event depends solely on volunteers and they are needed this year. There are a variety of tasks, some taking just an hour or two of your time, so there will be plenty of time to enjoy the celebration.

Go to and sign up.


Cub Scout breakfast can be your July 4 kickoff

You can start your holiday early at Cub Scout Pack 22’s community-wide Pancake Breakfast. The breakfast will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. at Centennial United Methodist Church, 2200 Hillside Ave. Proceeds from the event will go toward funding pack activities, including replacing the Pack’s beloved, but aging, Pinewood Derby track.

Pack 22 has been serving youth members from St. Anthony Park and surrounding neighborhoods since 1948. If you would like to learn more about the Pack, including new programming opportunities for girls in kindergarten through fifth grade, contact Paul Snyder, cubmaster,; Brian Steingraber, assistant cubmaster,; or David Cram Helwich, committee chair,


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