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 in 2015. 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.

As one of the Greenest Cities in America and one of the top 10 Ultimate Foodie Bucket LIst Destinations, Minneapolis is the perfect destination for your 4th of July celebration.

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PLACES TO WATCH FIREWORKS


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Stone Arch Bridge 4th of July Guide Minneapolis

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 here early, though; as this is the best spot, it fills up quick.

Gold Medal Park 4th of July Guide Minneapolis

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

Mill City Museum 4th of July Guide Minneapolis

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

Restaurant Rooftops 4th of July Guide Minneapolis

4. 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 drink. Check out a map of some cool places here, or read this Minneapolis Patio Dining list we've compiled.

Lake Calhoun 4th of July Guide Minneapolis

5. 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.

Commons Park Excelsior Lake Minnetonka 4th of July Guide Minneapolis 6. 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.

7. Above the Falls Sports: Celebrate Independence Day on the Mississippi. Choose from two fireworks options: 4th of July Picinic & Fireworks for $110 or Fireworks Only for $70. Call 612.825.8983 to book your 4th of July package today.

 

*All fireworks start at 10:00pm.


THINGS TO DO

Red, White & Boom! 4th of July Guide Minneapolis

Red, White & Boom!
6:30am - TC Half Marathon, Historic Main Street TC Half Marathon REGISTER HERE >>>
6:00–9:00pm - Family Activities, Live Music and Food Vendors at Father Hennepin Bandshell and Mill Ruins Park
10:00pm - Fireworks, Minneapolis Riverfront District

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First Avenue Concert 4th of July Guide Minneapolis

First Avenue
(CLOUD), FooLProoF, DJ Verb X, DJ Greenery, Wyld Lyf, DreamCasts, and The Infernal Singalong Machine
8:00pm
Tickets: $5.00 advance | $10.00 door

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The Beach Boys  
This summer holiday bash returns to Mystic Lake! The Rock and Rockets July 4 Celebration is a free all-ages event featuring live music, food trucks, and a spectacular musically-choreographed fireworks show. On the same night, The Beach Boys will perform their surf-rock classics on the Mystic Lake lawn, with general admission tickets starting at $32. 

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NEAR MINNEAPOLIS EVENTS

Fireworks 4th of July Guide Minneapolis

Apple Valley: Freedom Days
8:00am - Freedom Days 2 and 5 Mile Run REGISTER HERE >>>
1:00pm - Freedom Days Parade
5:00–11:00pm - Amusement Carnival & Pre-Fireworks Party (Music, Dancing, Games)
10:00pm - Fireworks

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Fireworks 4th of July Guide Minneapolis

Blaine: Fireworks Extravaganza
Dusk - Fireworks, National Sports Center at 10:00pm

Fireworks 4th of July Guide Minneapolis

Bloomington: Summer Fete
Bloomington's Summer Fete happens every year on July 3 at Normandale Lake Park. The 84th Street region will kick off with the Kids' Carnival Area at 5:00pm featuring more inflatable attractions than ever before with a few specialty attractions! The 84th Street Kids' stage, celebrating its seventh big year, will once again feature the best in family entertainment. Top off the evening with the annual Summer Fete fireworks display.

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Fireworks 4th of July Guide Minneapolis

Chanhassen: 4th of July Celebration
7:00am - Adult Fishing Contest
9:00am - 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
10:00am - Classic Car Show, Taste of Chanhassen, Rotary Beer and Wine Garden, Carnival Rides
11:00am - Sand Sculpture Contest, Medallion Hunt, Kids Fishing Contest
11:45am - Live Music featuring American Bootleg
2:30pm - Parade Downtown
6:00pm - Chanhassen Redbirds Baseball Game
10:00pm - Fireworks

(All events occur at Lake Ann and downtown Chanhassen) Visit here for more information.

Fireworks 4th of July Guide Minneapolis

Eagan: July 4th Funfest
10:00am - Stars & Stripes Parade 
Noon - Festival Grounds Open
1:00–5:00pm - Beyond the Yello Ribbon Car Show
1:00pm - 8th Annual Brain Freeze Contest
2:00pm - Blood Drive
4:00pm - Bingo
6:00pm - Texas Hold'em Tournament (Free Entry)
8:00pm – Stage Entertainment The Brian Kinney Band
10:00pm - Fireworks
Midnight - Funfest Closing

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Fireworks 4th of July Guide Minneapolis

Eden Prairie: 4th of July Hometown Celebration
9:00am - Optimists 5k Run
3:00pm - Kiddie Parade, Face Painting
3:00–7:00pm - Canoeing
4:00–7:00pm - BMX Demonstrations, K-9 Demonstrations, Splash Pad Grand Opening
7:30pm - AM Rotary Golf Ball Drop
10:00pm - Fireworks

Fireworks 4th of July Guide Minneapolis

Edina: Independence Day Parade & Fireworks
July 4th, 2014 at 10:00am. 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 10:00pm.

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Fireworks 4th of July Guide Minneapolis

Excelsior: Lake Minnetonka 4th of July Celebration
8:10am - Firecracker 1 mile run begins at Excelsior Elementary
8:30am - Firecracker 5K & 10K begins at Excelsior Elementary -- ends at Commons Park
9:00am - Sand Sculpture Contest
11:00am - Water Street Kids’ Parade and Popsicle Social
7:00pm - The Wolverines Big Band performs
9:55pm - The National Anthem performed by Kate Raddatz
Dusk - The Best Fireworks on 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

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Fireworks 4th of July Guide Minneapolis

Fort Snelling: Independence Day Celebration
10:00am–5:00pm - 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

Fireworks 4th of July Guide Minneapolis

Lakeville: Pan-O-Prog
Saturday July 4th at 7:00pm - Join us for a spectacular aerial fireworks display and entertainment including live music by the band The Git Backs, inflatables, temporary tattoos, clowns and concessions. Lawn chairs or blankets suggested to sit on the football practice field and surrounding areas.

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Fireworks 4th of July Guide Minneapolis

Mystic Lake: Rock and Rockets

It’s a star-spangled day of music, food fun and fireworks! Celebrate America’s birthday at Mystic Lake’s fun-filled Rock and Rockets free festival featuring popular local food trucks, an arcade game tent, giveaways and more! This is an all-ages event. Bring the whole family! Enjoy live music by Viva Knievel and Maiden Dixie, PLUS a paid concert on the lawn by The Beach Boys.

Fireworks at 10:00pm

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Fireworks 4th of July Guide Minneapolis

Richfield: 4th of July
July 2nd - Family Night
July 3rd - Carshow at 10:00am
July 3rd - Street Dance at 6:00pm
July 4th - Parade at 1:00pm 
July 4th - Fireworks

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

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Fireworks 4th of July Guide Minneapolis

St. Louis Park: July 4th Fireworks Celebration
7:00–9:30pm - Performance by Stevie and the Rockers, Aquila Park
10:00pm - Fireworks, Aquila Park

Fireworks 4th of July Guide Minneapolis

White Bear Lake: 4th of July Fireworks, Flyover & Music at Memorial Beach
8:00pm - Music by Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band 
8:30pm - Flyover 
10:00pm - Firework display over White Bear Lake

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