Twin Cities Independence Day Events and Activities

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Do you have a Independence Day Go-To Plan? Or do you like to switch things up each year? Since I didn’t grow up here, I like to check out different festivals each year.

Independence Day 2016We’ve collected several ideas for celebrating Independence Day as a family. If you know of an event — free or paid — that you’d like to see added, please drop us a line via our contact form. Thanks!

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7/4: Saint Paul Saints v. Joplin Blasters Independence Day Celebration with a post-game Fireworks Super Show, CHS Field 360 N Broadway St, St Paul • Game 6:05 p.m.;  Fireworks after game/dusk • Cost: Tickets starting at $9/pp • Reserved seats are filling fast.

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7/1: Shakopee Happy Birthday America Parade @ Lions Park • 10:30 a.m. • Popsicles and entertainment to follow.

7/1-7/4: Delano 4th of July Celebration @ 559 North River Street •  Minnesota’s oldest and largest Fourth of July celebration, includes parade, carnival and fireworks.

7/2-7/4: Coon Rapids 4th of July Celebration @ Boulevard Park  • Throughout the weekend  • Parade, carnival and fireworks.

7/2-7/4: Chanhassen’s 4th of July Celebration @ Chanhassen at City Center Park, 7700 Market Boulevard, • Throughout the weekend  • Parade, carnival and fireworks.

7/2-7/4: Richfield 4th of July Weekend @ Veterans Memorial Park • Throughout the weekend  • Community and family focused events that offer something for everyone — Family Night, car show, street dance, parade, music, and fireworks.

7/3:  Bloomington Summer FeteNormandale Lake Park, 84th and Chalet Road • 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. • Carnival, live music and fireworks at dusk.

7/4: Afton 4th of July Parade and Celebration @ Main Street  •  Noon • Parade, carnival, trolley rides, Selma’s Ice Cream Bike Contest.

7/4: Apple Valley Freedom Days @ Johnny Cake Park East •  11 a.m.-11 p.m. •  Parade, carnival and fireworks.

7/4: Eagan July 4th Funfest @ Eagan Community Center festival grounds, 1501 Central Parkway • 10 a.m .- Midnight • Parade, carnival, music and fireworks (carnival begins July 2).

7/4: Eden Prairie 4th of July Hometown Celebration @ Round Lake Park • 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. • Inflatables, chalk art, kids beach party, carnival, live music and fireworks.

7/4: Edina 4th of July Parade @ Edina City Hall • 10 a.m. • Fireworks @ Roseland Park • 10 p.m.

7/4: Maplewood Light it Up @ Hazelwood Park • 4 p.m.-10 p.m.

7/4:  Minneapolis Red White & Boom @ Downtown Riverfront • 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. • Music, movie, family events and fireworks at dusk.

7/4: Rosefest 2016 @ Roseville’s Central Park, 2540 Lexington Avenue North • 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. • Carnival activities, inflatable fun, puppet shows, live music all day and fireworks at 10 p.m.

7/4: St. Louis Park July 4th Fireworks CelebrationAquila Park, 3110 Xylon Ave. S. • 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. • Concessions, vendors, live music and more! The Tuxedo Band 7 – 11 p.m. Fireworks 10 p.m.

7/4: Stillwater 4th of July Fireworks @ Lowell Park • Music, cannons and fireworks.

7/4: Tangletown 4th of July Picnic and Parade @ Fuller Park, 4800 Grand Ave. S., Mpls • 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. • Parade begins at Washburn High School and ends at Fuller Park – decorate your bikes, strollers to participate; entertainment, games, prizes, and food.

7/4: White Bear Lake Fireworks, Flyover and Music @ Memorial Beach • 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. • Music, T-6 planes flyover and fireworks.

7/4: 4th of July at Langford Park @ 30 Langford Park, Saint Paul • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Picnic, parade, fun run, music, pony rides, speeches, volleyball, horseshoes, tennis, games and more! New this year are a bouncy house, face painting, Instagram contest, photo booth, and an obstacle course.

7/4:  Woodbury’s Hometown Celebration @ Bielenberg Sports Center, 4125 Radio Drive • 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. • Food vendors open at 6 p.m., Brat Pack Radio plays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m.

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7/4Farmer’s Fourth of July @ Oliver Kelley Farm, 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm • Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors/college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members • Celebrate a Farmer’s Fourth of July at the Kelley Farm! Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn, visit the spring farm babies, join in 19th-century games such as town ball, and participate in a debate from the front porch.

7/4: Independence Day Celebration @ Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Ave., St. Paul, • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm • Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors/college students, $6 ages 5-17, free under age 5 and MNHS members • Celebrate our nation’s independence with activities that showcase what life was like in the early 1800s. Witness a mock battle, hear the roar of cannon salutes, watch military dress parades, enjoy military fife and drum music, and try your hand at historic games.

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7/4: Themed Living History Event: Independence Day 1889 @ The Landing, Shakopee • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm • Cost: $8 ages 18-64; $5 ages 2-17 and 65+; Children under 2 free  • Celebrate America’s birthday by joining a parade, playing yard games and churning ice cream. Watch historic baseball and listen to a live brass band.

7/4: Racing Rockets @ Eastman Nature Center, Dayton • 1:00 pm to 2:30 p.m. • Cost: $5/pp • Design and build a slingshot rocket, race lemon juice rockets, and fire a water rocket.

7/4: SOLD OUT! Fourth of July Fireworks @ Mill City Museum, Minneapolis • 10:30 pm • Cost: $35/pp • Enjoy the chance to view the Minneapolis Red, White and Boom Fourth of July fireworks from the museum’s Koch Observation Deck!

The Fourth of July is just a warm-up for all the fun family festivals taking place in the Twin Cities throughout the month. Check out our list of them here!

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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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