27 Jun 18
Grab the camping chairs and fill the cooler with ice. Here’s where to catch the parades, fireworks and festivals of the Fourth of July.
Afton: There will be a parade at 12:30 p.m. down Main Street featuring Randy Meier, Channel 9’s evening news anchor, as marshal as well as music, food, drink and trolley rides. The park is open with activities until 3 p.m. aftonparade.com
Apple Valley: The 52nd annual Freedom Days wraps up July 4 with a pre-fireworks party beginning at 6 p.m. at Johnny Cake Ridge Park East, 5800 W. 140th St. The day starts with races at 8 a.m., a carnival from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and a parade at 1 p.m. at Fireside Lane and Pennock Avenue. Fireworks will start around 10 p.m. avfreedomdays.com
Coon Rapids: Coon Rapids’ three-day Fourth of July celebration, full of live music, a carnival, bingo and pull tabs, kicks off with a parade on Monday, July 2, at 6 p.m. starting at 111th Avenue and Mississippi Boulevard. The Fourth itself begins with a 10K at 8 a.m., Firecracker 5K at 8:15 a.m. and Kids Sparkler Dash 500 (ages 3-8) at 9:45 a.m. Packet pick-up and day-of registration begins at 7 a.m. At noon, there will be a bean bag tournament, and bingo and pull tabs will be open. The Carnival Midway opens its gates at noon and runs until midnight. $25 per person for unlimited rides until 5 p.m. The “Night Shift Band” will be playing live music 6-10 p.m. just in time for fireworks to be shot off at 10 p.m. All activities will be held at Boulevard Plaza, on the grounds of the Coon Rapids Ice Center (11000 Crooked Lake Blvd). coonrapidsmn.gov
Eagan: Eagan’s annual Fourth of July Funfest culminates in fireworks at 10 p.m. Other events include a parade at 10 a.m., a carnival beginning at noon, a car show and a concert by the Army Reserve Band. All events will take place at Eagan Community Center festival grounds, 1501 Central Parkway. eaganfunfest.org
Elk River: The Oliver Kelley Farm’s “Farmer’s Fourth of July,” set in the 19th-century, will host a 4th of July celebration on an original 1860s working farm (15788 Kelley Farm Rd.) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn while listening to speeches and playing 19th- and 21st-century games. There will also be ice cream to sample in the Learning Kitchen. The activities are included with the $12-$6 admission into the farm. Minnesota Historical Society members get in free. 763-441-6896 or email@example.com.
Excelsior: The only public Fourth of July fireworks event on Lake Minnetonka will get a running start at 8 a.m. with Firecracker Runs of 1 mile, 5K or 10K followed by a sand sculpture contest at 9 a.m., a free petting zoo 11 a.m.-1 p.m., the Water Street Kids’ Parade and Popsicle Social at 11 a.m., free family yoga classes at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. and the National Anthem performed by the 34th Infantry Red Bull Band at 9:55 p.m. Fireworks will shoot off over the lake at dusk. excelsior-lakeminnetonkachamber.com
Forest Lake: Fourth of July events in Forest Lake include a reading of the Declaration of Independence at Lakeside Memorial Park at 9 a.m., a parade at 10 a.m., carnival 10 a.m.-11 p.m., bingo 2-7 p.m., food 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and live music 5:30-10 p.m. Fireworks will be shot off at 10 p.m. ci.forest-lake.mn.us/190/4th-of-July
Hastings: Rudy’s at the Pines at the Dakota Pines Golf Course, 2015 Westview Dr, is hosting a “Red, White and New” patio party on the 4th. Live music goes from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. ending with fireworks at 10 p.m. Food and drinks available for purchase during fireworks. 651-437-4210 or dakotapinesgolfclub.com
Historic Fort Snelling: Festivities are reminiscent of the day of America’s founding, complete with cannon and musket salutes, military dress parades, and fife and drum music among other activities. The staff will lead visitors in an exploration of the history of freedom in 19th-century America with interactive learning stations around the fort to learn about the struggles groups of Americans, such as enslaved people, Native Americans and women, have gone through for freedom and independence. Visitors will be encouraged to explore the central question: “What does freedom mean today?” 200 Tower Ave., St. Paul. Cost is included with site admission: $12 adults, $10 seniors, veterans/active military and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under. Native Americans and Minnesota Historical Society members get in free. 612-726-1171 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Elmo: The annual Fourth of July Kids Parade will start at noon on the 4th. Kids and their decorated trikes, bikes, wagons or strollers are welcome to line up at Lake Elmo Avenue and 32nd Street to participate in the parade. The parade will go through downtown and end at Lions Park where the Lake Elmo Rotary will serve free ice cream sundaes. lakeelmo.org
Lakeville: Lakeville’s summer festival, Panorama of Progress (Pan-O-Prog), kicks off its 52nd year with fireworks at Lakeville North High School, 19600 Ipava Ave., at dusk. Leading up to the fireworks, there will be live music 4:30-6:30 p.m. by the 34th infantry division band “Coverfire.” Last year’s band, “IV Play LLC” will make its return from 7-9:45 p.m., featuring classic rock music. There will also be inflatables, temporary tattoos and a free photo booth as well as concessions. Lawn chairs or blankets are recommended to sit on the football practice field and the surrounding areas. panoprog.org
Maplewood: “Light It Up Maplewood” will be from 4 to 10 p.m. July 4 at Hazelwood Park featuring food trucks, a bean bag tournament, family activities, music by the Twin Cities cover band “Good for Gary” and fireworks. No outside coolers will be allowed in the park. maplewoodmn.gov
Mendota Heights: Fireworks in Mendota Heights will begin at dusk at Mendakota Country Club, 2075 Mendakota Dr. Mendakota Park, Rogers Lake Park, Mendota Plaza, City Hall and Sibley High School are recommended viewing spots.
Minneapolis: “Red, White and Boom” will begin at 6:30 a.m. with the TC Half Marathon, relay, virtual marathon and a 5K at 6:50 a.m. There will be hot dogs (vegetarian options available), drinks, photo ops and picnic activities following the finish line. Fireworks will begin along the Minneapolis Riverfront at 10 p.m. Spectators are recommended to watch the light show from the Stone Arch Bridge, Gold Medal Park, Mill City Museum, Guthrie Endless Bridge, Lake Bda Maka Ska, Hennepin Avenue Bridge, Nicollet Island or restaurant rooftops. minneapolis.org
Mystic Lake Casino: The free, all-ages “Rock and Rockets Fourth of July Celebration” begins at 5 p.m. July 4 in the Mystic Amphitheater, featuring food trucks, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, live music and fireworks at dusk. “The Voice” stars Kat Perkins and Jesse Larson will be performing. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets, but not umbrellas or outside food and beverages. Guests must be 18 or older or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. mysticlake.com/rockandrockets
Roseville: Roseville’s “Party in the Park” kicks off at 1 p.m. July 4 at the city’s Central Park, 2540 Lexington Avenue North, with carnival activities, inflatables, puppet shows, food vendors and fireworks starting at 10 p.m. over Bennett Lake. cityofroseville.com/2570/Wednesday-July-4
Children bring up the rear of the parade in bicycles decorated in patriotic colors in the St. Anthony Park 4th of July Parade in St. Paul on July 4, 2014. After the parade the community gathered in Langford Park for more music and an all day festival. (Pioneer Press: Ben Garvin)
St. Anthony Park: It’s the 71st anniversary of the Fourth in the Park, the only Fourth of July parade in St. Paul, in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood on Wednesday. The festivities will begin with a 2- or 4-mile fun run at 8:30 a.m. (registration is at 8 a.m. at Langford Recreation Center) followed by the parade at 11 a.m., which will begin at Luther Place and wind its way down Como Avenue. Kids are encouraged to ride decorated bikes, trikes or wagons as the parade finale and all participants should gather at 10:30 a.m. at Ned’s Park Service, 2277 Como Avenue, to gear up for the parade. Ned’s will also be giving away free U.S. flags and custom-designed 4th in the Park shirts. The parade will end in Langford Park followed by speeches from the patriotic essay winners, live music, pony rides, volleyball, horseshoes, bean bag toss, tennis, inflatables, face paint and food trucks. The activities in the park end at 4 p.m., but adults are encouraged to keep the celebration going at the Sunrise Bank’s parking lot on the corner of Como Avenue and Doswell Avenue for live music and refreshments from the Rush River Brewing Company. 4thinthepark.org
St. Paul: The St. Paul Saints fireworks extravaganza is Monday, July 2, following the baseball game against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. The game starts at 6:05 p.m. and the festivities include a Monster Truck Food Rally. saintsbaseball.com
Stillwater: In Lowell Park, there will be fireworks over the St. Croix River at approximately 10 p.m. that will be musically choreographed and simulcasted on WDGY FM Radio and through a sound system in the park. Bands will be playing in Lowell Park and Pioneer Park leading up the the fireworks. Downtown city parking lots #2, 4, 5 and 9 (the ones adjacent to Lowell Park) will be closed to vehicles July 3-4. ci.stillwater.mn.us/events.
Stillwater Public Library’s “Light a Spark” fireworks viewing event will be held on the library’s rooftop terrace from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for teens and children 6 and older. Tickets are currently sold out, but there is a waiting list. Contact email@example.com or 651-504-2350 .
The Zephyr Theatre is serving complimentary root beer floats from 1 to 4 p.m. and leading tours of the new theater-in-progress at 601 Main St. N. on the Fourth. Parking is $10 to benefit the theater. People are welcome to bring a chair to watch fireworks from The Zephyr or park at The Zephyr and walk to Lowell Park to view the light show. stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org
Treasure Island Resort and Casino: Treasure Island Resort and Casino’s annual Island Block Party will be held Friday, June 29, to Tuesday, July 3, featuring live music, food trucks, carnival rides, games and “the biggest fireworks display in southern Minnesota.” The Island Block Party is free and open to all ages. Charges and/or age restrictions apply for rides, games, food and concerts. ticasino.com/island-block-party
White Bear Lake: The White Bear Lake fireworks display will be launched over the north end of the lake starting at 10 p.m., preceded by a patriotic band concert at West Park at 8 p.m. and a vintage Navy plane flyover. Best viewing sites include Memorial Beach, White Bear Beach and Matoska Landing. In case of rain the activities will be held July 5.
Woodbury: HealthEast Sports Center will host a Fourth of July celebration starting at 6 p.m., complete with food, live music, kids activities and fireworks at 10 p.m. FlashMob! will be performing hits from the 1970s through the present from 7-10 p.m. woodburymn.gov[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]