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Chanhassen's Fourth of July Celebration
Now in its 33rd year, Chanhassen’s 4th of July Celebration features a weekend-long lineup of events, capped off by fireworks at Lake Ann Park.
Once a quiet town, Chanhassen has become a vibrant Twin Cities suburb. The scene offers a host of outdoor adventures, including the 1,200-acre Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and there’s a park within a half-mile of every residence, helping establish it as Money magazine’s seventh best place to live in the country in 2015. Its famed Chanhassen Dinner Theatres draws more than 300,000 people each year, and a SouthWest Transit station offers easy proximity to culture across the cities.
History: In 1852, German farmers Joseph Vogel and Joseph Kessler and their families came west from St. Paul to stake out farming claims, designating them Chanhassen’s first settlers. The area experienced gradual growth with the 1865 establishment of St. Hubert Church, a German Catholic parish, and was incorporated in 1896 when settlers arrived by way of the Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad. Chanhassen became a city in 1967, and downtown and industrial park redevelopment in the late 1970s made it an attractive spot for businesses. “Chan” is now home to 24,967 residents and more than 500 businesses.
Housing Stock: Homeownership is prevalent, with only 13 percent of residents renting. Price points are higher than in neighboring cities, but in exchange, residents enjoy excellent schools, parks and trails, lower taxes, and a very low crime rate. The city’s 12 lakes also make it a popular choice for those who want to be right on the water.
Schools to Note
Chanhassen High School: Ranked 11th best high school in Minnesota according to U.S. News & World Report, more than 60 percent of its students participate in one or more of its 23 Advanced Placement courses. Of the 97 percent of students who graduate, 95 percent of them continue with post-secondary studies. cns.district112.org
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Tulips at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen
Each spring, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is home to 30,000 tulips.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: Opened in 1958, an annual 402,000 visitors stroll the Arboretum’s paved trails through 1,200 acres of themed flower gardens, plant collections, and pristine landscapes. Check out its summer-long Music in the Gardens program. arboretum.umn.edu
Paisley Park: “Before his passing, having Prince as ‘our neighbor’ was something that residents took pride in,” says Chanhassen councilwoman Elise Ryan. Paisley Park, the late artist’s home and recording studio, may re-emerge as a museum à la Elvis’s Graceland. 7801 Audubon Rd., Chanhassen
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres: Folks from all over the Twin Cities jaunt out to Chanhassen on the regular for a meal and a musical at the 600-seat theater, which also offers popular musical theater camps for kids. Onstage this summer: Beauty and the Beast. chanhassendt.com