At Historic Fort Snelling’s Independence Day Celebration, visitors can experience infantry parades, a mock War of 1812 battle, cannon and musket firings and more to explore Minnesota’s military legacy. Plus, engage with interactive stations to explore many Americans’ struggles for freedom and independence throughout history, then stop by the new “Courage and Compassion” exhibit to learn about Japanese-American history during World War II.
Or head to Farmer’s Fourth of July
at Oliver Kelley Farm or 1899 Independence Day Celebration
at Historic Forestville to experience what Independence Day was like in the 19th century. Then enjoy an ice cream social, lawn games and more during an evening at James J. Hill House.
See the MNHS web calendar
for additional events and programs happening around the state.
Media are welcome to visit any MNHS sites and museums on Independence Day and interact with guests. Please introduce yourself to site staff upon arrival.
The following historic sites are open to visitors on Wednesday, July 4:
- Birch Coulee Battlefield
- Charles Lindbergh House and Museum
- Folsom House
- Forest History Center
- Historic Forestville
- Historic Fort Snelling
- James J. Hill House
- Jeffers Petroglyphs
- Lac qui Parle Mission
- Marine Mill
- Mill City Museum
- Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
- Minnehaha Depot
- Minnesota History Center
- Minnesota State Capitol
- Oliver Kelley Farm
- Snake River Fur Post
- Split Rock Lighthouse
- Traverse des Sioux