City of Minneapolis highlights safety preparedness ahead of Aquatennial festivities

July 19, 2022

The Aquatennial, the official civic celebration of Minneapolis, kicks off tomorrow and runs through Saturday. The City of Minneapolis has collaborated on a safety plan with organizers of the Aquatennial and other local law enforcement partners to create an environment where everyone can enjoy a safe and fun experience.

Public safety is always a top priority of the Aquatennial, which is produced annually by the mpls downtown council. The safety plan for festivities is reviewed annually with local law enforcement agencies, including the Minneapolis Police Department, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Metro Transit Police and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Park Police Department, among other safety partners.

The Minneapolis Police Department will have a significant presence for Aquatennial events, including bike patrols, mounted patrols and K-9 units. Beyond MPD, the Minneapolis Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management, Minneapolis 911 and the Office of Violence Prevention are also safety partners for the 2022 Aquatennial.

“Our city is coming back, and the Aquatennial events are certain to showcase just that,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “Thanks to the mpls downtown council, our City departments, and our local safety partners for their coordinated planning efforts to ensure a safe event for everyone. Now get out and celebrate our extraordinary city.” 

“We are excited to be part of a strong group of public safety partners committed to creating a safe environment for people to enjoy the Aquatennial this year. There is so much for everyone to enjoy in Minneapolis during the four-day celebration,” said Interim Minneapolis Police Chief Amelia Huffman.

“Aquatennial is the official civic celebration of our city. It draws our community together for fun, safe events in the heart of downtown and along our spectacular central riverfront,” said Steve Cramer, president & CEO, mpls downtown council. “As we invite you to this year’s festivities in coming days, we want you to know we are ready and prepared. Bring your friends and family and have a great time in Minneapolis!”

Learn more about the 2022 Minneapolis Aquatennial.