Here are the four stories you need to know about for Thursday, July 2 as we move into the holiday weekend. They include a very surprising interview by Stephen Colbert, and something that might get a few air commuters hot under the collar.
The Minneapolis Aquatennial, one of the most beloved summer festivals in the Twin Cities, has given itself a facelift. Event organizers have unveiled new logos for the festival that takes place July 22 through July 25. The “A” in “Aquatennial” includes an element of the Stone Arch Bridge.
The Minneapolis Aquatennial is making some changes for its annual event, which is in late July this year. Instead of it being 10 days long, the festival will only be four days in 2015. It will go from July 22-25.
The Minneapolis Aquatennial officially announced the 2015 dates on its Facebook page, and many were surprised to see the festivities would only last from July 22 to July 25.
A popular Lake Calhoun beach is closed due to high levels of E. coli. Thomas Beach closed Thursday when regular testing found high levels of the bacteria. Thomas Beach was the site of the Minneapolis Aquatennial beach bash last Sunday.
It’s the opening weekend of the 75th Minneapolis Aquatennial. From water to food to music, there’s something for everyone – and new this year is logrolling. A Minnesota company will be providing free demos for anyone who wants to give it a spin.
One of the biggest celebrations is going out with a bang. The Minneapolis Aquatennial highlights everything we love about Minnesota summers: the sunshine, the lakes and being outside. The festival closed late Saturday with one of the largest fireworks displays in the country. The Target Fireworks show is annual tradition, lighting up the late July sky above the Mississippi. Doug Taylor is president of Zambelli Fireworks Internationale.
Wednesday night is the night for those who love floats and bands. The Aquatennial Torchlight Parade will head down Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. WCCO Morning Show anchors Jason DeRusha and Jamie Yuccas will serve as grand marshals.
All this week, WCCO This Morning has been highlighting some of the cool events that surround the Minneapolis Aquatennial. The WCCO Morning Show team thought they should practice for this Saturday’s Stand Up For Avenues Paddle Board Race.