A record number 43 million Americans are expected to hit the road this Fourth of July weekend according to according to AAA. But if you’re sticking close to home, there’s plenty of fireworks and festivities to enjoy around town.
According to wallethub.com, Minneapolis is second behind Seattle for “Best Cities for Fourth of July Celebrations.” The study ranked cities according to how well they balance holiday costs and fun, weighing factors such as gas prices, duration of fireworks shows and more. St. Paul came in 29th.
This year, Minneapolis’ annual Red, White, and Boom will keep things lively and timely with a fireworks display set to salute the city’s favorite son, the late, great Prince! Starting at 10 pm July 4, tune in to 89.3 FM The Current on air or via the website or MPR Radio app, to enjoy fireworks partnered with the majestic pop of the hometown legend.
There won’t be fireworks at Powderhorn Park (you can glow sticks and Popsicles between 3-6 pm on the July 4, however) and the Taste of Minnesota is a thing of the past, but there are a number of places to enjoy fireworks and summer fun this weekend. We’ve compiled a list below. Use the comment section to share your favorite events.
Apple Valley – Freedom Days
JohnnyCakeRidgePark, W. 144th St. and Johnny Cake Ridge Rd.
Festivities include a parade and carnival and fireworks at 10 pm. See the schedule here.
Bloomington – Summer Fete
Normandale Lake Park, 84th St. and Chalet Rd.
This annual Fourth of July celebration kicks off with a kids’ carnival and live music. Fireworks begin at dusk.
Eagan – July 4th Funfest
Eagan Community Center festival grounds, 1501 Central Parkway
A three-day family festival with music, games for kids, a Red Cross Blood Drive, car show and more. Fireworks close out the event at 10 pm July 4. Go here for the schedule.
Eden Prairie – 4th of July Hometown Celebration
Round Lake Park, 7550 Constitution Ave.
A parade kicks off the day at 10 am, followed by live entertainment, food, kids’ activities and more. Fireworks at 10 pm.
Edina – Fourth of July Parade
Rosland Park, 4300 W. 66th St.
The fun starts with a parade, live music and other festivities, with fireworks at dusk.
Minneapolis – Red, White & Boom!
Downtown Minneapolis Riverfront
Over 75,000 people gather near downtown Minneapolis and the surrounding riverfront area for a full of festivities. This year’s fireworks display offering a tribute to Minneapolis’ own Prince, courtesy of 89.3 The Current.
Richfield – Fourth of July Fireworks
Veterans Memorial Park, 6335 Portland Ave. S.
Sponsored by Best Buy, this three-day event features a parade, food vendors, a car show, music in the park starting July 2, ending with fireworks at 10 pm July 4. See a schedule here.
Roseville – Party in the Park
Central Park, 2540 N. Lexington Ave.
Live music, food and family fun will take place at Roseville Central park, with fireworks at 10:15 pm over Bennett Lake.
St. Paul – Saints Post-Game Fireworks Super Show
CHS Field. 360 N. Broadway St.
After the game, stay for fireworks!
St. Louis Park – 4th of July Fireworks Celebration
Aquila Park, 3110 Xylon Ave. S.
Concessions, vendors, live entertainment and more. Fireworks start at 10 pm.
Enjoy the sights and stay safe!