Apple Valley was founded in 1969 by real estate developer Orin Thompson. The area reminded him of Apple Valley, CA.
Apple Valley is in northwestern Dakota County in the State of Minnesota, and a suburb of the Twin Cities. With around 50,000 people, it's the 18th largest city in Minnesota. In 2013, Money Magazine named Apple Valley the 17th best place to live in the United States.
Apple valley hosts an annual 4th of July festival called "Apple Valley Freedom Days". Festivities include one of the areas biggest parades that features local marching bands, service organizations, and many local businesses. There is also a fireworks display during the event. Each February, the city also hosts the Apple Valley Winter Carnival. Events include ice skating, a medallion hunt, contests and children events.
Apple Valley is also home to the Minnesota Zoo, a nationally recognized zoological garden that houses hundreds of animals from all over the world.
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