After the demise of Celebrate West St. Paul Days, the City of West St. Paul is bringing back a local celebration with Explore West St. Paul Days. There are a series of events over three days in August, including a parade, fireworks, city-wide garage sale, and more.
“It’s important for building a strong community!” said Mayor Dave Napier. “Also, coming out of the last two years we need to get out and see each other.”
Thursday, August 11
- 5-8 p.m. – City Open House: Come to city hall for free food and music, art projects, police and fire demonstrations, and a chance to connect with city departments and local organizations.
- ~9:15 p.m. – Fireworks: Watch for the big show over Harmon Park when it gets dark. Some areas will be roped off for safety, so stay behind the caution tape and see the details on the website.
Friday, August 12
- 6 p.m. – Parade: Thanks to the pandemic, we haven’t had a city parade since 2019. This year’s parade will march along Charlton Street from Bernard south to Kraft. Get more details and check out the quiet zone from Minea to Kraft. Rumor is there’s going to be some fun parade entries.
- ~8 p.m. – Movie in the Dome: After the parade, head to the West St. Paul Sports Dome for a movie. The community voted and the 1985 Steven Spielberg film The Goonies got the nod.
Saturday, August 13
- 8:30 a.m. – West St. Paul Rider: Join us for our community bike ride starting at Garlough Park and exploring West St. Paul’s trails. There are routes for every ability and a water stop at Thompson Park. Learn more and register for free.
- 2-5 p.m. – Parking Lot Giveaway: St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church is hosting a free rummage sale. Learn more and drop off your own stuff.
- 2-7 p.m. – Free Washes & Raffles: Clothesline Laundromat and El Destino Market, are throwing a party with free washes, raffles, food specials, mariachi band, fire dancers, and more. Get more info.
- 6-10 p.m. – Concert & Party: Head to the Sports Complex on Wentworth and Oakdale for the free PopROCKS concert. The show starts at 7, but food trucks, beer garden, and more will start at 6.
Learn more about Explore West St. Paul Days.
The former Celebrate West St. Paul Days started back in 1991 thanks to the efforts of Lambert Motz. The city had parades for years before that, but as a separate celebration.
“The organizers of the previous celebrations did an outstanding job on the parade,” said Napier, who said he’s been in the parade for as long as he can remember. “My favorite was when it ran down Robert Street. Businesses held events in front of each business and vendors lined the sidewalks!”
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