Red, White and BOOM! (Minneapolis, July 3 and 4) This two-day festival sprawls along the downtown riverfront, and includes live music, food, a 5k and half-marathon, and a patriotic screening of Top Gun. Fireworks will brighten the night sky at 10pm on the Fourth—shot off from Water Power Park
4th of July at Powderhorn Park (Minneapolis, July 4) Powderhorn Park’s rendition of the Fourth starts as a music festival featuring Latin folk music, country blues and fire dancing. Then, at 10 p.m. … you guessed it: fireworks! “There’s no better place for Fourth of July pyrotechnics than Powderhorn Park,” wrote the Star Tribune’s Steve Brandt after last year’s festival.
St. Paul fireworks (St Paul, July 4) The City of St. Paul will set of fireworks around 10:15 on the evening of the Fourth, near Harriet Island Regional Park. Recommended viewing areas: Harriet Island, Kellog Mall Park along Kellog Blvd, Indian Mounds Park, and the Science Museum of Minnesota stairs.
July Fourth in the Park (St. Paul, July 4) Langford Park will play host to an early morning race, a Grand Parade along Como Avenue, food, horseshoe matches, a volleyball tournament, pony rides, and music on the bandstand. Afternoon footraces for the kids are a tradition dating back to the 1960s!
Hmong Freedom Celebration Sports Festival (St. Paul, July 6-7) For 33 years, the Lao Family Community of Minnesota has honored the Fourth of July by inviting the Twin Cities to Como Park for sports tournaments, food, music, performances, merchandise booths, a Miss Hmong Teen pageant, and more. Admission is $5; it costs money to enter a sports tournament, but winning teams get cash prizes
Rosefest Party in the Park (Roseville, July 4) The concluding day of Rosefest will feature kids’ games, carnival activities, food and performances from the Rosetown Playhouse—plus live music in the park. Activities start at 1pm and the day culminates in a firework display over Bennett Lake at ten.