Here are a few of the Fourth of July happenings in the Minneapolis and Saint Paul area, including fireworks, Independence Day parades, and more. Events this year include the Minneapolis Red, White and Boom, Bloomington Summer Fete, Apple Valley Freedom Days, and more.
Most of these local activities are free to enjoy. Know of another you’d like to see on this list? Please tell us about it.
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Minneapolis / Saint Paul 4th of July
Minneapolis Red, White and BOOM!: July 3 – 4, 2013.
- July 3 – Hot Dam 5K Fun Run 6:30pm, Music and a Movie at Nicollet Island Amphitheatre. Music by Rogue Valley from 7-9pm, movie (Top Gun) starts at 9pm. Bring a blanket to enjoy an evening watching a movie in Nicollet Island Pavilion 7-11pm.
- July 4 – Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon at 6:30am through Northeast Minneapolis, ending on the beautiful Stone Arch Bridge. Free family activities and entertainment at Father Hennepin Bandshell and Mill Ruins Park 6-10pm, Fourth of July Fireworks at 10pm at Water Power Park.
Powderhorn Park 4th of July 2013 Celebration – July 4, 2013. Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis, MN. Music, food, and fun for the entire family. Fireworks at dark.
Excelsior July Fourth 2013 Celebration: July 4, 2013 at Excelsior Commons. Water Street Kids’ Parade 11pm, begins at 540 Lake Street, ends in the Commons. Celebration includes Firecracker Races, Sand Sculpture Contest, Popsicle Social, and live entertainment, including The Wolverines Big Band and Lucas Oil Aerobatic Air Show. Fireworks start at dusk.
Richfield Independence Day 2013: July 2-5, 2013. Veteran’s Memorial Park in Richfield, MN.
- July 2 – Kiddie Parade 5:30pm, Family Night and Dollar Picnic 6pm, Move in the park (Hotel Transylvania) 9pm.
- July 3 – Car show 10am-4pm, Street Dance 6-11pm
- July 4 – Parade at 1pm from 70th & Nicollet to 66th & 11th, Music in the park 7-10pm, Fireworks at 10pm
- July 5 – Ambassador Coronation 6pm
Bloomington Summer Fete: July 3, 2013. Normandale Lake Bandshell, Bloomington, MN. Kids carnival 5pm, music on the 84th St Kids Stage 5-8pm, music on the Summer Fete Main Stage 5-10pm, fireworks at dusk.
Apple Valley Freedom Days: June 28-July 4, 2013. Various events and locations:
- June 28 – DJ Color Dance 4-8pm at Apple Valley Teen Center ($10); Classic car, truck & motorcycle show 6pm-midnight, vendor fair 6-10pm, live music 8:30pm-midnight at American Legion Post 1776
- June 29 – J&K Amusements Carnival 5-10pm at Johnny Cake Ride Park East
- June 30 – Music in the Park 6pm, J&K Amusements Carnival 11am-10pm at Johnny Cake Ridge Park East
- July 1 – Kids’ Fishing Derby 6-8pm at Lac Lavon Park; Kids’ Parade 6:30pm at Johnny Cake Ridge Park East
- July 2 – J&K Amusements Carnival 11am-10pm at Johnny Cake Ride Park East
- July 3 – Cub Foods Family Fun Night 6-9pm at Johnny Cake Ride Park East
- July 4 – 2&5 Mile Fun Run 8am, Half Pint Half Mile 9:30am at Apple Valley Community Center; Parade 1pm from Pennock Ave to 145th St to Hayes Rd; Emily Leisure Pre-Fireworks Party 6:30-10:30pm, Freedom Days Children Carnival 10am-11pm, Fireworks 10pm at Johnny Cake Ridge Park East
Lakeville Pan-O-Prog: July 4-14, 2013. Week-long festival in Lakeville, MN featuring Beer, Brats & Bingo, a pageant, Cruise Night Parade, Grand Parade, and more. Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration at Lakeville North High School, 6:30-11pm, temporary tattoos and concessions and live entertainment, fireworks start after dark.
Eden Prairie 4th of July Hometown Celebration: July 4, 2013. 3-11pm at Round Lake Park in Eden Prarie. Bingo, live entertainment, kiddie parade, kids’ activities, skate plaza grand opening and demonstrations, splash pad grand opening, pickleball demonstrations and tournaments, and food. Fireworks start at 10pm.
Edina Independence Day Parade, Concert, Fireworks: July 4, 2013. Parade at 10am. From youth groups marching to seniors dancing, the Edina 4th of July Parade offers excitement for all ages. Parade begins behind Edina City Hall, 4801 W 50th St, Edina, CA, and ends at the US Bank parking lot at 50th St and Halifax Ave. After the parade and day-long celebration, top-off your Independence Day with an 8:45pm concert by the First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band. The concert will be followed by a beautiful firework display at 10pm, presented by Fairview Southdale Hospital. Both the concert and fireworks will take place at Rosland Park.
White Bear Lake Manitou Days: June 13-July 4, 2013 in White Bear Lake, MN. Festival includes over 50 events. July 4 – Marketfest 4-9pm in Downtown White Bear Lake featuring food, arts & crafts, a classic car show, kids activities, live entertainment, and more. Fireworks and music at Memorial Beach. Music starts by Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band at 8pm, Fireworks start at 10pm.
Chanhassen’s 4th of July 2013 Celebration: July 2-4, 2013 at City Center Park and Lake Ann Park in Chanhassen, MN.
- July 3 – 3-10pm Family Night at the Carnival at City Center Park. Features carnival rides, vendors, baseball clinics, children’s games, kiddie parade, pony and camel rides, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, live music, a street dance, and more.
- July 4 – Adult and kids fishing contests, sand sculpture contest, and medallion hunt at Lake Ann Park. Classic car show, carnival rides and games, Taste of Chanhassen, and live music at City Center Park. Parade at 2:30pm in downtown Chanhassen. Fireworks at 10pm at Lake Ann Park.
Eagan’s 4th of July Funfest: July 3-4,2013, at Eagan Festival Grounds, Eagan, MN.
- July 3 – 2pm-midnight. Events including Blood Mobile, Children’s Funfest Bike Parade, children’s activities, carnival and Funfest vendors, Texas Hold’Em tournament, and Funfest concert featuring The Dweebs.
- July 4 – 10am-midnight. Events including a car show, Brain Freeze, carnival and Funfest vendors, bingo, Texas Hold’Em tournament, Funfest concert featuring Jonah & the Whales, Big Bang Parade at 10am, and fireworks at 10pm.
St Louis Park July 4th Fireworks Celebration: July 4, 2013. Aquila Park, 3110 Xylon Ave S, St Louis Park, MN. Performance by Stevie and the Table Rockers, 7-9:30pm, fireworks begin at 10pm.