Fireworks are a Fourth of July tradition. In 1777, Congress authorized pyrotechnics as part of July 4 festivities, and Independence Day was named a federal holiday in 1941.
If you’re planning to get out and celebrate Independence Day in the Twin Cities, check out this list of great places to watch fireworks. (The Fourth of July is on a Friday this year.)
In Minneapolis, fireworks begin at 10 p.m. and will be launched from the Xcel Energy Water Power Park near Nicollet Island. The city posted a guide that gives people several options and tips for viewing the display.
- Stone Arch Bridge: Get there early; spots fill up fast.
- Gold Medal Park: Bring a blanket.
- Lake Calhoun: Grill and chill at the beach.
Because of flooding along the Mississippi River, fireworks in St. Paul have been moved from Harriet Island to the Capitol grounds.
Meanwhile, the Taste of Minnesota—which would typically have fireworks displays—has a new location in Waconia. Check the Taste of Minnesota website for updates.
Other options include:
Roseville: Beginning at 1 p.m. at Central Park, there will be a series of family-friendly events leading up to the 10:30 p.m. fireworks.
Stillwater: Check out Stillwater’s Independence Day celebration, which will be held at Lowell Park along the picturesque St. Croix River.
Fort Snelling: If you have youngsters, this daytime event, from noon to 5 p.m., might be right for you. No fireworks, but how about cannons?
Woodbury is moving its 2014 fireworks display to the Bielenberg Sports Center, where the city is completing construction on a new multi-million dollar field house.
There are plenty of outdoor spots where you can watch the fireworks, and the event also features country rock band Maiden Dixie performing at 7 p.m. Concessions will be available starting at 6 p.m.
Here’s a printable version of the traffic map.
If you’re busy or travelling on the Fourth of July, try Bloomington’s Summer Fete, set for Thursday, July 3, at the Normandale Lake Bandshell.
The evening event includes live music, a kids’ carnival, inflatables and more. Fireworks are set to go off at dusk.
The city’s annual Funfest will be held July 2-4 at the Eagan Community Center, and the Independence Day festivities include a parade, carnival, live music, bingo, poker, kids’ activities and fireworks at 10 p.m.
Visit the event’s website for information on directions and parking.
At the sprawling fields of the National Sports Center in Blaine, you should be able to find a comfortable spot to watch the fireworks, which go off at 10 p.m. Maps and directions are available online.
Blaine will also host a flag-raising ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at City Hall.
Fireworks at Home
If you’d rather kick back with friends and family and enjoy the festivities at home, here’s a list to what’s legal (and illegal) regarding fireworks in Minnesota.
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