Minneapolis 4th of July Fireworks Guide

Wondering where to watch July 4th Fireworks and what’s going on this Independence day in Minneapolis? Consider this the be-all end-all of everything that is, was and will be for your 4th of July in Minneapolis. Explore all your 4th of July options in one place!

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. Browse the options below for everything that is 4th of July in Minneapolis.

Where are the best places to view the fireworks in Minneapolis?

The Downtown Riverfront fireworks, known as Red White & Boom will go off at 10 pm on July 4th. Nothing beats the views of the sparkling lights over the river, so find a bridge, a park, or a rooftop restaurant where you can see all of the beautiful displays!  Here are our top 8 picks for where to watch. See below for more details on each:

  1. Stone Arch Bridge
  2. Gold Medal Park
  3. Mill City Museum
  4. Guthrie Endless Bridge
  5. Bde Maka Ska/Lake Calhoun
  6. Hennepin Avenue Bridge
  7. Nicollet Island
  8. Restaurant Rooftops

PLEASE NOTE: The sound of fireworks may trigger the nervous system of dogs and other pets with hearing sensitivity, causing them to become anxious or afraid. If you intend to bring your dog to an outdoor Minneapolis celebration, make sure they are on a leash and close by during the fireworks display to ensure that they do not run away.

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, it fills up quick! Make it a day downtown and plan pre-firework activities!

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, toss a ball around and gaze up at the fireworks while you lie down and relax.
INSIDER TIP: “Bring bug spray.”

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. 2019 tickets are now sold out!
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.”
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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.
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5. Bde Maka Ska/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, Bde Maka Ska, formerly 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. Make a night of it! Hang out in Uptown before and after the fireworks show for more entertainment and cuisine.
*Dogs allowed everywhere but the beaches

6. Hennepin Avenue Bridge

With the Mississippi rolling through Minneapolis, bridges are a necessity here, and sometimes they are useful for more than just crossing! The Hennepin Avenue Bridge is a perfect location to snag a phenomenal view of the fireworks display. Just like Nicollet Island, situated just under the bridge, this is a great spot to conveniently hit up various Minneapolis hot spots both before and after the show. Whether you go to Northeast, the North Loop and Warehouse District or Downtown, there is a place for you at either end of this bridge. Take the Light Rail downtown or park nearby and walk to the bridge for an easy and favorable Fourth of July.

7. Nicollet Island

Located between Downtown and Northeast Minneapolis, Nicollet Island is the perfect green space to unfold a blanket and lie back on the grass to watch fireworks. A beautiful garden, picnic area, and walking path make this a great place to spend the day relaxing before the night's celebrations. Situated right under the Hennepin Avenue Bridge, restaurants are abundant on both sides of the river. Grab a bite to eat in Northeast for dinner and head over to Downtown for drinks after! Nicollet Island is the perfect spot to experience the right dose of relaxation and celebration this holiday!

8. 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 drinks. Check out more about Minneapolis' best outdoor dining locations and different brews and bites to try before and after the fireworks show!

2019 Events In Minneapolis

Red, White & Boom!

6:30am: TC Half Marathon
6:30am: Relay
6:50am: 5K Marathon

Join the Red ,White & Boom! celebration beyond the finish line. Enjoy hot dogs (veggie options available), drinks, a photo stop, and festive picnic activities! Then mosey on down to watch the fireworks along the Minneapolis Riverfront at 10pm.

Tangletown Fourth of July Parade & Celebration

Fuller Park, Minneapolis

Their annual tradition of the Tangletown 4th of July parade and celebration will be here before you know it! You don’t want to miss the fire truck-led parade, refreshments, carnival games, crafts, and live music. Bring your picnic blanket, decorate your bike or your pet, and join them July 4th for a Tangletown tradition.

4th of July BBQ & Bazar​

Italian Eatery

Italian Eatery will be celebrating in true Italian street-fare fashion in their very own front yard piazza... also known as their glorified parking lot. Arrive early for bags tournament and shopping galore from local artisans popping up shop!

This family-friendly destination will have a play area for the kids, plus face painting and more!

Free Water Ski Show with the Twin Cities River Rats

Mississippi River between the Broadway and Plymouth Ave Bridges

Join the River Rats as they travel through Mr. Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! The nationally ranked Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team puts on an exciting blend of water skiing, acrobatics and high speed thrills! Pre-show begins at 6:30pm, main show starts at 7pm.

July 4th Reggae Bash

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

Enjoy music, food and drinks with tunes by Sound of Fujun!

2019 Events Outside of Minneapolis

July 4th Funfest 2019
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Coon Rapids 4th of July Celebration 2019
Coon Rapids
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4th in the Park 2019
St. Anthony Park, St. Paul
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Lake Minnetonka 4th of July Celebration 2019
Lake Minnetonka
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July 4th BBQ 2019
Valley Fair, Shakopee
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Light It Up Maplewood 2019
North Hazelwood Park, Maplewood
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July 4th Fireworks 2019
White Bear Lake
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Firworks Encore 2019
Canterbury Park
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Rock and Rockets 2019
Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel, Prior Lake
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