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Fourth of July 2014: Where to find fireworks in the Twin Cities

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As we provide the A-Z soundtrack to your Fourth of July weekend, we know that another important part of this weekend’s soundtrack will be provided by rapidly heated metal salts detonating in the evening sky. (In other words, fireworks.)

The Twin Cities metro area will have no shortage of festivities this Independence Day, so we’ve created this guide to some great places to see fireworks (and often music, too) over the 3rd, 4th and 5th of July. While you’re making your weekend plans, don’t forget about the Prairie Home Companion 40th Anniversary Celebration on the Macalester College campus—it’s free and open to the public, with performances by artists including Old Crow Medicine Show and the Wailin’ Jennys.

St. Paul: Due to the recent flooding, St. Paul has moved its July 4 fireworks show to the mall at the State Capitol. The mall will open to the public at 8 p.m. and the fireworks are set to begin at 10 p.m.

Minneapolis: Downtown Minneapolis will once again host the annual “Red, White, and Boom” celebration over July 3-4 along the Mississippi River, with live music, food, fireworks and more. July 3 will feature a performance by Bomba de Luz and a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Nicollet Island Amphitheatre, starting at 7 p.m. July 4 will include multiple live performances and activities, culminating in a fireworks display along the Riverfront at 10 p.m.

In addition, below you’ll find a map of many more fireworks displays across the metro and the state. There is a list of shows and starts times below the map as well. All events take place on July 4 unless otherwise noted.

Albert Lea: Fireworks at 10 p.m. on July 3 over Fountain Lake. 

Alexandria: Fireworks from 10 to 11 p.m. at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center.

Apple Valley: Fireworks at 10 p.m. at Johnny Cake Ridge Park East. DJ Sounds at pre-fireworks party, which begins at 5 p.m.

Blaine: Fireworks display at 10 p.m. at the National Sports Center.

Bloomington: Fireworks at dusk on July 3 at the Normandale Lake Bandshell, preceded by performances from Jonah and the Whales and the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra.

Brainerd: Fireworks at 10:15 p.m. in the parking lot of Brainerd High School South 5th St. Performance by Pop ROCKS at 6:45 p.m.

Canterbury Park: Fireworks show at dusk on July 3, preceded by a performance from The Irresistible.

Chaska: Fireworks in McKnight Park starting at dusk.

Coon Rapids: Fireworks display at 10 p.m., along with performances by Shag both at 7 p.m. and after the fireworks.

Cottage Grove: Fireworks at dusk in Kingston Park.

Delano: Fireworks at 10:30 p.m. on July 5 at Central Park.

Duluth: Live music throughout the evening starting at 4:30 p.m., with fireworks starting at 10:10pm, at Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park.

Eagan: Fireworks show as part of annual Funfest starts at 10 p.m. Performance by Rock Godz will also take place from 8:30-midnight.

Eden Prairie: Fireworks at 10 p.m. in Round Lake Park, preceded by a performance from the First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band. 

Edina: Fireworks at 10 p.m. in Rosland Park.

Elk River: Fireworks at dusk in Lions Park.

Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka: Wolverines Big Band performance at 6 p.m. followed by airshow and fireworks at dusk. 

Fairmont: Fireworks at 10 p.m. in Ward and Sylvania Parks.

Hastings: Fireworks display at dusk at Hastings Country Club.

Lakeville: Performance by the Castaways at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at Lakeville North High School at 10 p.m.

Marine on St. Croix: Fireworks at 10 p.m. on July 3 in the Village Square.

Mendota Heights: Fireworks at dusk on July 5 at Mendakota Country Club.

Minneapolis: Fireworks along the Mississippi at 10 p.m. as part of “Red, White, and Boom” festivities.

Prior Lake: Live bands and food trucks. Fireworks at 10 p.m. at Mystic Lake Casino.

Roseville: Fireworks at 10 p.m. as part of Roseville’s “Party in the Park.” located in Central Park. Live music before the fireworks.

St. Cloud: Fireworks display starting at 10pm along the banks of the Mississippi River.

Stewartville: Fireworks at dusk.

St. Paul: Fireworks will take place on the mall at the state capitol. The mall will open to the public at 8 p.m.; the fireworks will begin at 10 p.m.

Stillwater: Fireworks will take place along the St. Croix River at around 10 p.m. The St. Croix Jazz Orchestra will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at Pioneer Park.

White Bear Lake: At Memorial Beach: live music from the Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band at 8 p.m., Flyover at 8:30, fireworks at 10 p.m.

Woodbury: Fireworks at 10 p.m. at Bielenberg Sports Center. Performance by Maiden Dixie at 7 p.m.

Austin Gerth is a member of the class of 2016 at Concordia College. He also writes for Concordia’s student blog, The COBBlog; and Concordia’s student newspaper, The Concordian.

  • renzo

    The APHC performances at Mac are not “free and open to the public”.

    • http://www.twitter.com/jaygabler Jay Gabler

      Sorry for any confusion: the celebration as a whole is free and open to the public, but there are two ticketed performances within the celebration. I’ve edited the text above to clarify that.

  • tcoyer

    you forgot Richfield…great fireworks at Veteran’s Park

  • Paul Pegors

    Any Fire Works Tonight??

  • Deb

    Rochester: Concert at 8:30, fireworks at 10. Free to public.
    http://www.rochestercvb.org/includes/events/index.cfm?action=displayDetail&eventid=22878

  • Trevor Rasmussen

    The Andover fireworks you mentioned are actually in Andover, MA. WCCO made the same mistake…Andover, MN fireworks are always the week after the 4th for their festival (and its not at the high school). See http://andoverma.gov/news/ for details about the ones you list above.

  • Megan Hull

    Thank you for this roundup. This is just what I was looking for!