Minneapolis 4th of July Fireworks Guide

Explore all your 4th of July options in one place!

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

To make the most out of your festival experience, don't worry about driving home. Make a weekend out of it! It's more fun when you sleep over (we promise). Be sure to check out the best hotel deals plus summer events and things to do during your weekend getaway.

Places To Watch Fireworks

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.

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!
*Dogs allowed

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.” 

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.” 
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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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Bde Maka Ska

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

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.

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!

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!


2018 Events In Minneapolis

Red, White & Boom!

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.

Independence Day Celebration

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?"

Tangletown Fourth of July Parade & Celebration

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.

4th of July Patio Party

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.

Stone Arch Fireworks Paint Class

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.

2nd Annual Soccer 4 Sanctuary

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.

4th of July BBQ & Bazar

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!

Freedom & Free Beer

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.


2018 Events Outside of Minneapolis

2018 Lake Minnetonka 4th of July Celebration
Lake Minnetonka
9:00am-10:00pm
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4th in the Park
St. Anthony Park, St. Paul
8:00am-6:00pm
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Family Fun Fest and Corgi Encore
Canterbury Park
12:45-5:30pm
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Coon Rapids 4th of July Celebration
Coon Rapids
8:00am-11:59pm
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Light It Up Maplewood
North Hazelwood Park, Maplewood
4:00-10:00pm
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July 4th BBQ
Valley Fair, Shakopee
12:00-7:00pm
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Annual City of Anoka 4th of July Celebration and Concert Series
George Green Park, Anoka
12:00-3:00pm
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Rock and Rockets
Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel, Prior Lake
5:00-10:30pm
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4th of July Festival
First Evangelical Free Church, Maplewood
4:00-10:00pm
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July 4th Funfest 2018
Eagan
July 3-4
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Continue to check back for more 4th of July 2018 events as the holiday draws closer!