July 4th Festivities Around the Twin Cities

Apple Valley:

8am: Freedom Days 2 and 5 Mile Run

1pm: Freedom Days Parade

5pm-11pm: Amusement Carnival

5pm-11pm: Pre-Fireworks Party (Music, Dancing, Games)

10pm: Fireworks


Dusk: Fireworks, National Sports Center at 10pm


Summer Fete | JULY 3rd

Bloomington’s Summer Fete happens every year on July 3 at Normandale Lake Park. The 84th Street region will kick off with the Kids’ Carnival Area at 5 p.m. featuring more inflatable attractions than ever before with a few specialty attractions! The 84th Street Kids’ stage, celebrating its seventh big year, will once again feature the best in family entertainment. Top off the evening with the annual Summer Fete fireworks display.


7:00am: Adult Fishing Contest

10:00am: 4th of July Costume Contest (FREE), Classic Car Show, Taste of Chanhassen, Rotary Beer and Wine Garden, Carnival Rides

11:00am: Sand Sculpture Contest, Medallion Hunt, Kids Fishing Contest, Bingo

11:45pm: Live Music featuring American Bootleg

2:30pm: Parade Downtown

6:00pm: Chanhassen Redbirds Baseball Game

10:00pm: Fireworks

(All events occur at Lake Ann AND downtown Chanhassen)


10:00am: Stars & Stripes Parade

Noon – Festival Grounds Open

1:00pm- 5:00pm: Beyond the Yello Ribbon Car Show

1:00pm- 8th Annual Brain Freeze Contest

2:00pm- Blood Drive

4:00pm- Bingo

6:00pm – Texas Hold’em Tournament (Free Entry)

8:00pm – Stage Entertainment The Brian Kinney Band

10:00pm: Fireworks

Midnight: Funfest Closing

Eden Prairie:

9am: Optimists 5k Run

10am-8pm: Beach, Canoeing, Paddleboarding, Splash Pad

12pm-9pm: Inflatable Fun, Food & Drinks

2pm-8pm: Face Painting, Henna Artist, Balloon Twister & Caricatures

3pm-4:30pm: Kid’s Beach Party

3pm-8pm: BMX Demonstrations

4pm-9pm: Bingo

5pm & 6:15pm: Magic Show

8:00pm: Music From Syngery



July 4th at 10am, the Edina 4th of July Parade offers excitement for all ages. Parade begins behind Edina City Hall, 4801 W 50th St, Edina, and ends at the US Bank parking lot at 50th St and Halifax Ave. Live music at Roseland Park followed by fireworks at 10pm.


Lake Minnetonka 4th of July Celebration

8:10 AM – Firecracker 1 mile run begins at Excelsior Elementary

8:30 AM – Firecracker 5K & 10K begins at Excelsior Elementary — ends at Commons Park

9:00 AM – Sand Sculpture Contest

11:00 AM – Water Street Kids’ Parade and Popsicle Social

7:00 PM – The Wolverines Big Band performs

9:55 – The National Anthem performed by Kate Raddatz

Dusk – The Best Fireworks on Lake Minnetonka

*Watch the fireworks out on Lake Minnetonka and you can see the fireworks from Excelsior, Wayzata, Mound and Lafayette Club from any direction*

Forest Lake:

Parade Line Up: 9 AM – 10 AM

4th of July Parade: 10 AM – Noon

Carnival: 10 AM – 10 PM

Bingo: 2 PM – 7 PM

Food: 8 AM – 9 PM

Fireworks: 10 PM

Fort Snelling:

Independence Day Celebration

Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Ave., St. Paul

Celebrate Independence Day as they would have in the 1800s at Historic Fort Snelling. You’ll take a step back in time and encounter costumed interpreters and hands-on learning. Listen to a rousing patriotic speech, witness a military dress parade, and hear a real cannon salute. And let’s not forget the music of the military fife and drum. The fun goes from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and costs $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and college students, $6 for children ages 6-17 and free for children 5 and under and MMH members.



Saturday July 4th at 7:00pm: Join us for a spectacular aerial fireworks display and entertainment including live music by the band The Git Backs, inflatables, temporary tattoos, clowns and concessions. Lawn chairs or blankets suggested to sit on the football practice field and surrounding areas.


Red, White & Boom!

Minneapolis Riverfront

This two-day celebration is hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board downtown along the Minneapolis riverfront. It features live music, great food, family fun and, of course, fireworks as its grand finale. On Wednesday, July 3 you can participate in the Hot Dam 5K Fun Run at 6:30 pm and then head over to Nicollet Island Amphitheater to enjoy live music by Rogue Valley at 7:00 pm followed by a screening of Top Gun at 9:00 pm.

On Thursday, July 4, head down to Father Hennepin park from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm for free family activities and live music. You can also hear live music at Mill Ruins Park. Then, at 10:00 pm, look skyward and get ready to “ooh” and “aah” at some spectacular fireworks, which will be shot off from Water Power Park. Check out this map to find the best viewing areas.

Powderhorn Park

3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis

This is the spot for the city’s other fireworks display, although the party gets started at 1:00 pm, well before the 10:00 pm scheduled time for fireworks. This is a very family-friendly affair with lots of children’s activities, live music and local food vendors.

MN Twins vs. Athletics

1pm: The Minnesota Twins take on the Oakland Athletics at home. Millitary Discount Day.

Mystic Lake:

It’s a star-spangled day of music, food, fun and fireworks! Celebrate America’s birthday at our fun-filled festival featuring live music, popular local food trucks, games and more! The party continues inside after the fireworks with live entertainment and specialty drinks.

Fireworks at 10:00pm


July 2nd: Family Night

July 3rd: Carshow at 10am

July 3rd: Street Dance at 6pm

July 4th: Parade at 1pm

July 4th: Fireworks


July 3rd – Races start at 4:00pm with live music until the fireworks start at dusk

Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN, offers a great experience to visitors on July 3rd featuring a variety of entertainment for all to enjoy. Starting at 4:00pm, there is live horse racing to thrill spectators along with concessions, poker tables, and other card games. After the horse races, visitors can enjoy live music until the fireworks show begins as soon as night falls. The fireworks show is always very large and impressive, and it is choreographed to music for an extra bit of entertainment. Seats fill up quickly, so be sure to claim yours as early in the day as possible.

Canterbury Park

1100 Canterbury Rd.

Shakopee, MN 55379

St. Anthony:

St. Anthony Park, Knapp Pl. & Knapp St., St. Paul

This celebration features St. Paul’s only Independence Day parade, but the celebration has so much more. The parade begins at 11:00 am, starting at Luther Place, proceeding down Como Ave. to Langford Park. After the parade, you can enjoy food, live music, pony rides and more until 6:00 pm. To get a full schedule of events, check out the 4th in the Park website.

St. Louis Park:

7-9:30pm: Performance by Stevie and the Rockers, Aquila Park

10pm: Fireworks, Aquila Park

St. Paul:

Harriet Island

While Taste of Minnesota is no more, the city of St. Paul is still planning a fireworks display on the Fourth of July. They will be launched from the banks of Mississippi in downtown St. Paul, just outside of Harriet Island on the west bank. So, any place along the river will provide excellent viewing spots. You will be able to see them from downtown along Kellogg Blvd. as well as on Harriet Island, which will be open to the public.

White Bear Lake:

8:00pm: Live Music

8:30pm: Flyover

10:00pm: Firework display over White Bear Lake

The Scislow Group wishes you a very happy and save 4th of July!