Minneapolis 4th of July Guide

Consider this the be-all end-all of everything that is, was and will be for your 4th of July in Minneapolis. We guarantee that if you read this comprehensive, expert-compiled list that you’ll have a day worthy of your name being etched into the history books next to the country’s most patriotically-awesome people. Click the options below for everything that is 4th of July in Minneapolis.

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PLACES TO WATCH FIREWORKS:


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1. Stone Arch Bridge: This is the absolute best place to see the skies. Watching fireworks on the Stone Arch Bridge is like watching history, as the bridge is a link to the rich past of Minneapolis. You’ll be right above the Mississippi River and right below the action. Get her early, though; as this is the best spot, it fills up quick.

2. Gold Medal Park: One of the most underrated spots in downtown Minneapolis, Gold Medal Park offers a more traditional viewing experience. Throw a blanket on the grass, throw a ball around and gaze up at the fireworks while you lie down and relax.

INSIDER TIP: “Bring bug spray.” -Scott

3. Mill City Museum: Watching fireworks from the Mill City Museum Observation Deck is as close to a VIP setting as you’ll get. Only 50 people get access, and you have to pay ($35), but the view is absolutely worth the cost. As an added bonus, you get admission into the museum beforehand.

INSIDER TIP: “If you’re reading this, then you need to stop what you’re doing and order tickets NOW! These tickets go very quickly and the view is sublime.” -Kristen

4. Guthrie Endless Bridge: A more unconventional place to watch fireworks, true, but it has that same VIP feel that the Mill City Museum Observation Deck has. You’ll be off the ground and closer to the action, and you’ll have a completely unobstructed view of the fireworks.

5. Restaurant Rooftops: A lot of people don’t generally think of restaurants as prime places to watch fireworks, but we say, “Why not?!” You’re up in the air, you’ll have a great view AND there are people that will serve you food and alcohol. Check out a map of some cool places here, or read this Top 10 Patio list we compiled.

6. Lake Calhoun: Parks are great, and buildings are very cool places to get closer to the fireworks. But, if you want the most authentic 4th of July “I LOVE AMERICA” experience, Lake Calhoun is where you want to be. Grill out, play some volleyball, kayak/paddle on the lake and chill on the beach while you get a great view of the downtown fireworks.

7. Commons Park - Excelsior: If you are in the west metro enjoy the only public 4th of July fireworks event on the shores of Lake Minnetonka can expereinced at Commons Park in downtown Excelsior. 

*All fireworks start at 10pm.


THINGS TO DO:

-Red, White & Boom!

6:30am: TC Half Marathon, Historic Main Street TC Half Marathon>>>REGISTER HERE
6-9pm: Family Activities, Live Music and Food Vendors at Father Hennepin Bandshell and Mill Ruins Park
10pm: Fireworks, Minneapolis Riverfront District

>>>MORE INFO

-First Avenue: Ritmo Caliente Reunion featuring DJ Fresko, Victor 1200, Jose Garcia and DVJ Phantasma

8:00pm
Tickets: $5.00 advance |$10.00 door 

MORE INFO >>>


NEAR MINNEAPOLIS EVENTS:

Apple Valley: Freedom Days

8am: Freedom Days 2 and 5 Mile Run REGISTER HERE >>>
1pm: Freedom Days Parade
5pm-11pm: Amusement Carnival 
5pm-11pm: Pre-Fireworks Party (Music, Dancing, Games)
10pm: Fireworks

Visit here for more info.

Blaine:  Fireworks Extravaganza

Dusk: Fireworks, National Sports Center at 10pm

Bloomington: Summer Fete

Bloomington's Summer Fete happens every year on July 3 at Normandale Lake Park. This year's fun starts with a carnival, two entertainment stages featuring a great lineup of performers, and culminates with a fantastic fireworks display just after dusk. 

Please visit here for more info. 

Chanhassen: 4th of July Celebration

7am: Adult Fishing Contest
10am: Classic Car Show, Taste of Chanhassen, Rotary Beer and Wine Garden, Carnival Rides
11am: Sand Sculpture Contest, Medallion Hunt, Kids Fishing Contest
12am: Live Music
2:30pm: Parade Downtown
6pm: Chanhassen Redbirds Baseball Game
10pm: Fireworks
(All events occur at Lake Ann and downtown Chanhassen)

Eagan: July 4th Funfest

10:00am: Stars & Stripes Parade
Noon – Midnight: Carnival and Funfest Vendors
1:00pm- 5:00pm: Car Show
1:00pm: 7th Annual Brain Freeze Contest
1:00pm - 4:00pm: Bingo (Texas Hold'em Tent)
1:00pm - 7:00 pm: Red Cross Blood Drive
2:30pm - 4:00 pm: Jason Huneke Comedy Juggling Show
6:00pm - 10:00 pm: Texas Hold'em Tournament (Free Entry)
8:30 pm – Midnight: Funfest Concert: Rock Godz
10:00pm: Fireworks
Midnight: Funfest Closing

Visit here for more info.

Eden Prairie: 4th of July Hometown Celebration

9am: Optimists 5k Run
3pm: Kiddie Parade, Face Painting
3pm-7pm: Canoeing
4pm-7pm: BMX Demonstrations, K-9 Demonstrations, Splash Pad Grand Opening
7:30pm: AM Rotary Golf Ball Drop
10pm: Fireworks

Edina: Independence Day Parade & Fireworks

 July 4th, 2014 at 10am. From youth groups marching to seniors dancing, the Edina 4th of July Parade offers excitement for all ages. Parade begins behind Edina City Hall, 4801 W 50th St, Edina, CA, and ends at the US Bank parking lot at 50th St and Halifax Ave. Live music at Roseland Park followed by fireworks at 10pm.

Visit here for more info.

Excelsior: Lake Minnetonka 4th of July Celebration

8:00am: New this year: 1 Mile Firecracker Run
8:30am: Firecracker Runs, new this year: 5K AND 10K REGISTER HERE >>> 
9:00-10:30am: Sand Sculpture Contest at the Commons Beach
9:30-noon: Popsicle Social at the Commons
11:00: Water Street Kids Parade
11:30-1:00pm: Kids’ Fishing Contest
4:00pm: The Ornery Bastards perform in the Commons Bandshell
6:15pm: The Wolverines Big Band performs in the Commons Bandshell
8:00-8:45pm: The Excelsior 4th of July Air Show: Saluting the Minnesota
                            Military Family Foundation
8:45-9:00pm: Salute to our Veterans/Minnesota Military Family
                            Foundation/Presentation of the Colors
9:00pm: The Wolverines Big Band returns to the stage
10:00pm: National Anthem by Kate Raddatz, local resident and 
                            WCCO Reporter
Dusk: Fireworks Display over Lake Minnetonka

INSIDER TIP: “Watch the fireworks out on Lake Minnetonka and you can see the fireworks from Excelsior , Wayzata, Mound and Lafayette Club from any direction.” -Ruth

Vist here for more info.

Fort Snelling: Independence Day Celebration

10am-5pm: Celebrate the nation’s independence as people did in the early 1800’s – cannon salutes, patriotic speeches, theatrical presentation put on by the fort’s soldiers, military dress parade, patriotic and military fife and drum music, historic games.
* Adults $11, seniors/ college students $9, children ages 6-17 $6, children under 5 free

Lakeville: Pan-O-Prog

Friday July 4th at 7:00pm: Join Lakeville for a spectacular aerial fireworks display and entertainment including live music by the band CASTAWAYS, temporary tattoos, clowns and concessions. Lawn chairs or blankets suggested to sit on the football practice field and surrounding areas.

Visit here for more info.

Mystic Lake: Rock and Rockets

Friday July 4th 5:00pm - 11:00pm: Live music, food trucks and fireworks. Free admission for all ages. Live music by Boogie Wonderland, Lost Highway and Free Fallin'.

Fireworks at 10:00pm

INSIDER TIP: “All guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Coolers, picnic baskets and outside food and beverages are not permitted.” - Amanda

Visit here for more info.

Richfield: 4th of July
July 2nd: Family Night
July 3rd: Carshow at 10am
July 3rd: Street Dance at 6pm
July 4th: Parade at 1pm 
July 4th: Fireworks

Please visit here for more info.

INSIDER TIP: “Head to Veterans Park. The best place to view the parade is by walking up by the park’s hilly areas. It is cool and shady by the trees, yet you get to enjoy the nice up-close view. Lots of people don’t know about that area so there’s a nice and cool breeze that hits you.” -Hassan

St. Louis Park: July 4th Fireworks Celebration

7-9:30pm: Performance by Stevie and the Rockers, Aquila Park
10pm: Fireworks, Aquila Park 

White Bear Lake: Manitou Days

July 4th
9am: Farmer’s Market Downtown White Bear Lake.
8:00pm: Music by Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band followed by amazing fireworks display over White Bear Lake.
10:00pm: Fireworks  

Visit here for more info

WHAT'S OPEN:

WHAT IS OPEN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY?
Most restaurants and attractions are open for business, but we always recommend you call ahead for holiday hours of operation.

-Mall of America

FOURTH OF JULY HOURS:
Retail and exhibit hours: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Macy's: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sears: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Nordstrom: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
MORE INFO >>>


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