JULY 4th fun
Thursday: Celebrate the holiday in style at several local events. Anoka Independence Day Celebration includes a free ice cream social and music by the North Suburban Concert Band. Noon-3 p.m., George Green Park Bandshell, 7th Av. and South St., Anoka. 763-576-2700. www.ci.anoka.mn.us. Family Day at Canterbury Park offers wiener dog races, pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting. Noon, $5. Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee. 952-445-7223. canterburypark.com. If you’re looking to go back in time, check out Farmer’s July 4th; eat lunch on the lawn, take a horse-drawn trolley ride and play 19th-century games. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,$6-$9. Oliver Kelley Farm, 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River, Minn. 651-259-3000. www.mnhs.org. Or play croquet and horseshoes and churn ice cream at Independence Day 1889. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $3-$5. Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement, 4001 County Rd. 24, Maple Plain. 763-559-6700. www.threeriversparkdistrict.org.