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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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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 MuseumWatching 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 CalhounParks 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.


-Red, White & Boom!

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

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-MN Twins vs. Athletics

1pm: The Minnesota Twins take on the Oakland Athletics at home. Millitary Discount Day.

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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

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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. The 84th Street region will kick off with the Kids' Carnival Area at 5 p.m. 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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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 
11:45pm: 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)

Eagan: July 4th Funfest

10:00am: Stars & Stripes Parade 
Noon – Festival Grounds Open
1:00pm- 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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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

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, MN, and ends at the US Bank parking lot at 50th St and Halifax Ave. Live music at Roseland Park followed by fireworks at 10pm.

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Excelsior: Lake Minnetonka 4th of July Celebration

7:30 am - Firecracker Runs (1 mile, 5K & 10K)
9:00 am - Sand Sculpture Contest 
11:00 am - Water Street Kids' Parade and Popsicle Social
4:00 pm - Brothers & Others Band Performance
5:30 pm - FireFly Forest Band Performance
7:30 pm - Ornery Bastards Band Performance
9:55 pm - 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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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

Monday 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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Mystic Lake: Rock and Rockets

Junk FM and Martin Zellar will perform before the night sky lights up with a musically-choreographed fireworks show. 

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

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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 at 10pm

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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: 4th of July Fireworks, Flyover & Music at Memorial Beach

July 4th 
8:00pm: Music by Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band 
8:30pm: Flyover 
10:00pm: Firework display over White Bear Lake 

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