Get your red, white and blue on in St. Paul: Everything you need to know about celebrating the Fourth in St. Anthony Park


If you missed the first 64 Independence Day celebrations in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood, don’t worry. The 65th is right around the corner, and the Bugle has compiled a how-to guide to help you get in on the action.

Want to join in the Langford Park distance races? Head down to the Langford Park Recreation Center by 8:30 a.m. to register (for a small fee) for the 4-mile or 2-mile race. Races start at 9 a.m.

The Grand Parade begins assembling at 10:30 a.m. on Luther Place between the Luther Seminary lawn and St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church. You can create a float (contact Brenda Hansen at 651-644-2561 or to find out how to become a part of the parade) or just join in at the end, where children are encouraged to decorate their bikes, trikes and wagons with parade regalia.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. and heads down to Langford Park, where a program follows at the bandstand. When that program ends at approximately 12:45 p.m., Fourth in the Park organizers are planning to take a community photo from the bandstand. If you want your mug to go down in the historical records, be there.

The St. Anthony Park Booster Club will operate refreshment stands near the tennis courts from noon to 6 p.m. The club will be selling hot dogs, Middle Eastern fare, pop and ice cream.

Registration for the horseshoe, volleyball and tennis tournaments is at noon near the courts. You can preregister before the Fourth by calling 651-298-5765. The tournaments begin at 1 p.m.

If you were hanging around Langford Park in the 1960s and 1970s, you may want to visit Perrizo’s Palace by the horseshoe pits. Bruce Perrizo, Langford Park activity director during that time, is being honored this year with the St. Anthony Park Community Foundation’s Spirit of the Park Award. He will serve as the parade grand marshal and then preside over the Palace, where those who knew him during his reign at the park can stop by from 1 to 4 p.m.

Other activities throughout the day include pony rides from 1 to 4 p.m., Pig’s Eye Jass Band at the bandstand from 1 to 2:30 p.m., races and contests for the whole family from 2:30 to 4 p.m., door prizes, and local musical talent at the bandstand from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

The Fourth in the Park Committee is accepting donations to help cover the nearly $11,000 in costs for the day’s events. To donate, send a check to Fourth in the Park Committee, P.O. Box 8062, St. Paul 55108 or drop off a check at Park Midway Bank, 2300 Como Ave.