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Best Places to Watch 4th of July Fireworks in Minneapolis – St. Paul and Twin Cities

The big question every 4th of July is “Where are we going to watch fireworks?”  Most of us have a favorite spot to watch Fourth of July fireworks in the Twin Cities but some of us are getting bored and are in search of a better, bigger fireworks display.  Here is a great list of 4th of July fireworks displays from around the Minneapolis – St. Paul metro area.  Let’s hope for a clear night!

Fourth of July Fireworks

Twin Cities 4th of July Fireworks 2013

Some of the biggest Independence Day events traditionally happen in Downtown Minneapolis and Downtown St. Paul.

Minneapolis: Red, White and BOOM celebrates Independence Day with music, entertainment and family fun on the Minneapolis Riverfront on July 3 and 4. Fireworks are at 10 p.m. on July 4.Where’s the best place to watch the Minneapolis fireworks?

Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis is the venue for the second of two firework displays in the city of Minneapolis. An especially family-friendly event with live music, children’s activities, and local food vendors. The party starts at 1 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m.

Saint Paul: The long running A Taste of Minnesota is no more, but the city of St. Paul is planning a firework display on Harriet Island on July 4. Where’s the best place to watch the St. Paul fireworks?

St Anthony Park, St. Paul: The annual St. Anthony Park Parade and Picnic is a daytime event in St. Anthony Park. Parade begins at 11 a.m. on July 4.

List of 4th of July Fireworks Across the Twin Cities for 2013

Here’s a list of fireworks, festivals, parades, and other Independence Day events in cities across the Metro Area. All events are on July 4 and have free admission unless otherwise noted.

Click on the name of the city for more information on each event.

Apple Valley: incorporates Independence Day celebrations into the annual Apple Valley Freedom Days festival, held June 28 through July 4. The Apple Valley fireworks are one of the biggest displays in the Twin Cities. There’s a parade at 1 pm on July 4, followed by a family-friendly party, and then fireworks at 10 p.m. at Johnny Cake Ridge Park.

Afton: The 4th of July Parade starts at noon at the Windmill Marina, followed by an afternoon of celebrations.

Blaine: The Blaine Festival has celebrations and entertainment on June 28-30, and the festival also organizes the July 4 events, with fireworks at the National Sports Center at 10 p.m. on July 4.

Bloomington: The Summer Fete on July 3 celebrates Independence Day with a kid’s carnival, entertainment and live music, with fireworks at dusk, around 10 p.m. at Normandale Lake Bandshell.

Excelsior/Lake Minnetonka: The only official firework display over Lake Minnetonka is the finale to a packed day of Independence Day events, a parade, air show, music and entertainment at the lake.

Chanhassen: Chanhassen celebrates Independence Day on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th with a packed family-friendly event schedule. Fireworks are at 10 p.m. on July 4 at Lake Ann Park.

Eagan: FunFest in Eagan is held on July 3 and July 4. There’s a carnival, music and entertainment both days, a parade, and fireworks at 10 p.m. on July 4 at Eagan Community Center festival grounds.

Eden Prairie: The Hometown Celebration at Round Lake Park has an evening of family-friend entertainment, and culminates in fireworks at 10 p.m.

Edina: has a big parade (but no fireworks). The Edina Independence Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Edina City Hall on July 4.

Fort Snelling: Fireworks? pah! How about real cannons firing? You can have that, plus a military parade and performances, and other period military themed Independence Day festivities from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at historic Fort Snelling. Admission charge applies.

Hudson, WI: Hudson’s Booster Days festival runs from July 3 through July 7. Plenty of free music and entertainment, a carnival, parade, and fireworks at dusk on July 6 over the St. Croix.

Lakeville: The Panorama of Progress, the Pan-O-Prog, is in its 47th year. Over a week of celebrations starting on July 4 until July 14, including a car show, parade, sports tournaments and more. On July 4, there’s a parade, festival, and firework show at 10pm. Fireworks at Lakeville North High School.

Prior Lake, Mystic Lake Casino: Rock and Rockets is a free outdoor event, starting at 5pm with music from Arch Allies, Boogie Wonderland and Maiden Dixi, followed by fireworks at 10pm on the casino grounds.

Prior Lake: The annual Prior Lake Boat Parade in on Independence Day afternoon, and then there will be fireworks over the lake, launched from Watzel’s Beach, at 10 pm.

Oakdale: Walton Park has a free evening entertainment, a concert from the Rockin Hollywoods, followed by fireworks at 10 p.m.

Richfield’s 4th of July: A free, multi-day community event from July 2- July 4. A car show, music, parade, street dance, pie eating contests and many other festivities. Fireworks on July 4 at Veteran’s Park at 10 p.m.

Roseville: Roseville’s summer festival, Rosefest, runs from June 23 – June 29, and the organizers also host the fireworks and celebration on July 4. On July 4, a day of festivities at Central Park, ending with fireworks over the lake at 10 p.m.

St Croix Firework Cruises: If you’d like to watch fireworks from a boat, book a river cruise to watch the Stillwater fireworks on July 4, or the Hudson fireworks on July 6.

St. Louis Park: An evening celebration with live music is followed by fireworks at 10 p.m. at Aquila Park.

Stillwater: A day of live music and entertainment in downtown Stillwater is followed by fireworks over the St. Croix at dusk.

Valleyfair, Shakopee: Fireworks at dusk on July 4. And, all active and retired military personnel get free admission on July 4 – July 7.

White Bear Lake: The annual Manitou Days festival, kicks off on June 13 and ends on July 4 with fireworks at 10 p.m. at Memorial Beach.

Woodbury: Ojibway Park in Woodbury is the location for a day of celebrations, with live music, entertainment, kids activities and fireworks at 10 p.m.

Independence Day – The Fourth of July – is celebrated with a boom in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Where are the fireworks, and what else is happening to celebrate Independence Day in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the Twin Cities?

Do you know of a fireworks display we missed? Please leave a comment below with a link to the info.

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