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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! *Dogs allowed
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.”
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.” Explore the Flour Milling Capital of the World
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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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
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.
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!
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!
6:30am: TC Half Marathon 6:30am: Relay 6:30am: Virtual Marathon 6:50am: 5K Marathon
Join the 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.
Fort Snelling 10:00am-5:00pm
Spend the United States' birthday at Historic Fort Snelling and explore the history of freedom in 19th-century America. Discover how many Americans celebrated the holiday nearly two centuries ago, complete with cannon and musket salutes, military dress parades, fife and drum music, and much more.
But not all Americans viewed Independence Day this way 200 years ago. Visit interactive learning stations around the fort and learn about the struggles for freedom and independence for several different groups of Americans—such as enslaved people, Native Americans, and women—while exploring the question, "What does freedom mean today?"
Fuller Recreation Center, Minneapolis 10:00am-1:00pm
Our annual tradition of the Tangletown 4th of July parade and celebration will be here before we 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 us July 4th for a Tangletown tradition.
Pryes Brewing Company 11:00am-midnight
On the 4th of July, celebrate Independence Day with a Grill Out in our Back Yard. Featuring New Bohemia Brats, Philly Cheesesteaks, MN Nice Cream, expanded bike parking and our expanded Beer Garden. Stop by before the MPLS Fireworks (10p) or visit us after the show.
Wine and Canvas Minneapolis 11:00am-2:00pm
Come for our guided Stone Arch Fireworks painting class with our staff! A local artist will guide the group step-by-step through the featured painting and our staff will be around throughout the 3-hour painting class for one-on-one assistance as well.
Elliot Park, Minneapolis 11:30am-4:30pm
Join us for a day of futbol (soccer), food and fun, as we honor and celebrate our struggles to establish Minneapolis as a safe, affordable, livable city with equitable parks for all - where immigration, housing, labor, LGBTQ and religious rights are affirmed and upheld. We will cook out - both meat and veggie/vegan options - highlight the work we are doing to make Minneapolis a place of sanctuary and justice, and and play ‘the beautiful game’ together in a ‘decolonizing futbol’ style centering teamwork, cooperation and community over aggression, dominating opponents, and winning.
Italian Eatery 12:00-4:00pm
We'll be celebrating in true Italian street-fare fashion in our very own front yard piazza... also known as our glorified parking lot. Arrive early for door prizes, bags tournament and shopping galore from local artisans popping up shop!
This family-friendly destination is where kids activities and engagement will thrive, so bring the fam and enjoy the festivities!
Inbound BrewCo 12:00-11:59pm
Freedom tastes best with a free beer. This Independence Day, when you buy a pint in the taproom, you'll receive 1 FREE wooden nickel (good for 1 free beer - limited to your first purchase).**THE CATCH**You must be dressed in some form of red, white, and blue. It can be an Old Navy flag shirt, blue pants and a red top, your full American flag suit, or anything else your heart desires.