Firecracker Run - 2020 Event Cancelled

The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce has made the decision to cancel the July 4th celebration in Excelsior due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in that cancellation is of course the awesome Firecracker running event. MCE supports that difficult decision as we share the same goal of trying to keep families and communities safe.

Thank you, runners, for all that you have done for this great event by participating with pride, patriotism and fun in mind.

We want to thank our hundreds of volunteers who help make this event the great event that it is each year. An additional big thank you to our supportive sponsors who come back year after year. They have community in mind as they too love what this unique event does for so many. Thank you!

I very much look forward to seeing each of you return in 2021 for our beloved Firecracker event on Sunday, July 4 in Excelsior. Stay tuned to this page for a fun walking and running challenge from MCE over the upcoming July 4 weekend. Again, my regrets on the cancellation of the 2020 Firecracker. I know the absence of this great event leaves a big void in our annual traditions. Stay well.

Tim Litfin



2019 Firecracker Run Highlights

Race Details

  • Choose between a 1 Mile Run, 5K and 10K.
  • The 5K and 10K races are chip-timed.
  • 5K and 10K participants receive a wicking t-shirt. One-mile participants will have the option to buy a wicking t-shirt. Preferred sizes guaranteed to pre-registered runners only.
  • This year's top male and female finishers in the 5K and 10K will receive an Invicta watch.
  • The first, second and third place finishers in the 1 Mile will receive a gift card.
  • All participants will receive a finisher medal.


  • Sunday, July 4, 2021.
  • All races start at Excelsior Elementary and end in the Excelsior Commons.
  • 1 Mile Run starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • 5K Run starts at 7:40 a.m.
  • 10K Run starts at 7:50 a.m.
  • View a parking map here.



Historical Winners


2019 Firecracker Race Results :



Thank you 2020 Firecracker Sponsors

Firecracker Sponsors

The 2018 Excelsior Firecracker Run

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Connect with us

Twitter: @EXCFirecracker

Firecracker on Twitter

finisher medal



All runners will receive a finisher’s medal similar to this one at the finish line.


The Excelsior Firecracker Run is part of the Lake Minnetonka Running Series.

Lake Minnetonka Running Series

Park Nicollet Apple of the Lake

Apple Run

Saturday, Sept 19, 2020
1 mile at 8 AM
5K at 8:30 AM
Downtown Excelsior