Summer is here, but it sure feels different, doesn’t it? Much-loved summer activities are canceled and it can feel hard to find ways to pass the time. In many cities, like Richfield, favorite summer traditions have been canceled too, like the 4th of July fireworks. While it’s hard to imagine kicking off July without fireworks, it is still possible to celebrate summer in a way that feels properly Minnesotan and takes advantage of all that Richfield has to offer.

Here are four ideas that can help make your 4th of July weekend memorable!

Bike ride + Patio = summer bliss. Consider a bike ride on the (relatively new) 9-Mile Trail Loop and dinner on the patio at Fireside Foundry. A casual ride around Richfield is the perfect way to get to and from dinner. And, Richfield is home to an elaborate trail system with something for everyone. Added bonus: The House of Prayer Lutheran Church (76th & Chicago Ave.) will be hosting a photo booth from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. under a red, white and blue balloon arch on July 4th! Want to learn more about Richfield bike trails? This map provides a great overview.

Malts & Mini Golf. With many restaurants reopening (especially outside), this is the perfect chance to grab a bite on the Local Roots patio and top it off with a malt and round of mini golf at Veteran’s Park. Make it a competition … because a malt is the perfect reward after an intense game “on the links”!


Nosh & a Nature Walk. Start your evening on the wonderful Houlihan’s patio enjoying their delicious meals, and a pint while you’re at it. Work it off by hopping across Lyndale to nearby Wood Lake Nature Center for a walk around the park. Cut across Wood Lake on the new boardwalk for a perfect, peaceful way to end that summer day.


Paddle board & Tacos al Pastor. Start your evening by renting a paddle board at Taft Lake and spending some quiet time on the water. After you’ve had your fill (rentals close at 6:30 p.m.), head over to Andale Taqueria for their outstanding Tacos al Pastor—The Food Network’s Guy Fieri gives them a big thumbs up!

While this is clearly not a “normal” summer by any stretch, you can still make it memorable with the right plan. The creative suggestions above can help you enjoy these beautiful summer days and evenings–while taking advantage of all that Richfield has to offer.