Independence Day Round Up

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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 3rd

An Unforgettable Independence Day Celebration at Midway Stadium

An Unforgettable Independence Day Celebration at Midway Stadium

Midway Stadium Saints Game and Fireworks

771 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.

This year’s fun starts with a carnival, includes two entertainment stages – the Kid’s stage and the Main Stage – featuring a great lineup of performers, and as usual, culminates with a fantastic fireworks display just after dusk!

Bloomington Summer Fete
Normandale Lake Bandshell, W 84th St & Chalet Rd, Bloomington, MN 55438
Thursday, July 3rd; 5:00 p.m.

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.

July 4th


Tangletown 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.

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.


Photo Courtesy of Minneapolis Parks

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.

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.

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.

Saint Paul

Free Pony Rides Start at 1:00 p.m. at Langford Park

Fourth in the Park

Langford Park, 30 Langford Park, Saint Paul, MN 55108
Friday, July 4th; 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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. PaulMN 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.

Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard., St Paul, MN 55155
Friday, July 4th; 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
With the flooding of Lake Harriet Island, “A Taste of Minnesota” has moved out to Waconia this year.  Admission is free until 3:00 p.m. and they will have fireworks.  However, you don’t have to haul all the way out to Waconia if you only want to see Fireworks.  Saint Paul’s annual fireworks display will be held at the State Capitol Mall. Visitors are encouraged to take public transportation as parking is not plentiful in the area.  Pre-packaged food and beverages are allowed, but grills, alcohol, and personal fireworks are prohibited.



Minnesota Sinfonia

The Minnesota Sinfonia at Rosefest

Rosefest July 4 Party in the Park 2014
Central Park, 2540 Lexington Avenue North, Roseville, MN
Friday, July 4th – 1:00 p.m. to 10:30 pm
Rosefest is an all day celebration including carnival activities, music — including the Splatter Sisters — puppet shows and food vendors.  Fishing is also fun at Central Park.  The night ends with fireworks.
4th of July Hometown Celebration
Round Lake Park, 16691 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55346
Friday, July 4th – 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
2011 4th of July

Eden Prairie 4th of July Hometown Celebration

Eden Prairie offers another option for an all-day festival ending in Fireworks.  Activities include baseball games, canoeing and paddleboarding, a splash pad and beach, inflatables (not free) and food vendors.  There will also be a Kiddie Parade and Face Painting. Live music includes The Teddy Bear Band at 3 p.m.

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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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