The following is a list of some of our favorite fireworks and July 4th Celebrations around the Metro Area. It is not in exhaustive list. For that, check out AmericanTowns.Com and their Complete List of Minnesota Fourth of July Fireworks. Our picks revolve around Minneapolis and St. Paul and some of our favorites from the inner suburbs. We would love to hear from you. What is your favorite community celebration and why?
July 3rd771 Energy Park Dr, St Paul, MN 55108 Thursday, July 3rd; 7:05 p.m. Tickets: $8 to $23 per person
This is the Saints last year at Midway Stadium. I think I read that it will be torn down and turned into office space. So if its your goal to get a a Saints game at Midway this year, now could be a chance and catch some fireworks. Note ticket prices are a little higher than usual. The St. Paul Saints will be hosting the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks and will celebrate Independence Day with a post-game fireworks display. Beer will be $1 all night — that’s probably why prices are higher.
Bloomington Summer Fete Normandale Lake Bandshell, W 84th St & Chalet Rd, Bloomington, MN 55438 Thursday, July 3rd; 5:00 p.m. Free
My family has attended the Summer Fete several times — sometimes as our only July 4th outing, sometimes as our first of two. We enjoy ourselves every time. I would recommend bug spray and expect delays on your drive out. Both of those statements are probably true of any community fireworks display.
MinneapolisTangletown Fourth of July Picnic and Parade Fuller Park, 4800 Grand Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55419 Friday, July 4, 2014 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Free
This could be the best choice for celebrating the Fourth of July with the preschool set. You may even be able to squeeze it in between naps. A parade, a picnic, family activities, and entertainment all in the span of 3 1/2 mid-day hours. For more information about the event, call Fuller Park at 612-370-4963.Celebrating Our Independence – Fourth of July at Powderhorn Park 34o0 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407 Friday, July 4th; 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free
For slightly older children, Powderhorn has a variety of family activities, including canoeing, badminton, croquet, bocce ball, children arts and crafts, face painting and a bouncy castle. There will also be live music and food vendors. Check out the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association’s website for full details and information.Red White & Boom Celebration Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 Main Street SE, Minneapolis, MN Mill Ruins Park, 103 Portland Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN Friday, July 4th; 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Free
Red White & Boom will always rank among my favorites for July 4th Celebrations. The Family Fun Zone is at Father Hennepin Bluffs from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. The live music will be playing at both Mill Ruins Park and Father Hennepin Park. This year there are two bands that I would like to see Dred I Dread and Hot Damn! (unfortunately they play at the same time, so I would have to choose). Click here for the full schedule. This is a good outing to take the bus or light rail.
Like the Tangletown celebration in Minneapolis, this could be a nice choice with toddlers and preschoolers. The Parade starts at 11:00 a.m. and winds along Como Avenue to Langford Park. The celebration in the park will include food, music, pony rides, races, tournaments, picnics and prize drawings. For more information call the Langford Park Recreation Center, 651-298-5765.Independence Day Celebration Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55111 Friday, July 4th; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission: $11 adults; $9 seniors, students w/ID & active military personnel w/ID; $6 children 6-17; FREE for children age 5 and under and MNHS members
For a historic 4th, Fort snelling has a day of family-friendly activities based on celebrations of the 1800s. View a “mock battle” on the Parade Ground, watch several parades and play games. There will even be an 1800s-style dance.