Fourth of July fireworks

This Fourth of July, residents across the east metro will gather to celebrate the star-spangled holiday at one of these festivals and fireworks shows.
There will be plenty of dancing to live music, indulging in summertime foods, and admiring dazzling fireworks, all while enjoying the company of others. Use this handy guide to find the right patriotic party for you, and then join in the fun!

—Janice Collova

Falcon Heights

The 31st annual Falcon Woods neighborhood parade takes off at 10 a.m. from 1838 Moore St. in Falcon Heights on Saturday, July 4.
Organizer Linda Barnes says the police and the fire department will be on hand to lead the parade on its four-block route, and the entire affair should last about 20 minutes. Stick around afterward to hang out and chat.
Kids will be able to get up close and personal with fire trucks and squad cars on hand. Decorate a bike or wagon and participate in the parade.

Lake Elmo

A favorite family-friendly tradition returns to the city of Lake Elmo’s downtown Village district for its 27th run Saturday, July 4. The city has sent out an open invitation to take part in its Annual Fourth of July Kids Parade. Decorate your tricycle, bike, wagon, stroller or lawn tractor and participate in the parade, or be a spectator. The parade will begin downtown at noon at the Lake Elmo Avenue and 32nd Street intersection and conclude at the Lions Park playground. Lake Elmo Rotary Club members will be handing out free ice cream during the celebration.


Be sure to get to Maplewood's "Light It Up" fireworks display at the 50-acre Hazelwood Park in Maplewood before dusk, so you can unfold some chairs or spread out a blanket and settle in for the show.
"It's one of the best fireworks displays in the metro area," city clerk Karen Haag says.
This year's "Light it Up" Fourth of July celebration will be held from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. with free admission at Hazelwood Park, located at 1663 County Road C. The park is south of Beam Avenue and east of Hazelwood Street, not far from Maplewood Mall.  
Along with the fireworks display at dusk, participants can catch a live performance by the Good for Gary cover band, featuring hits from Lady Gaga, Eminem, Usher, Rihanna and more. Ranked one of hottest top 40 cover bands in the Twin Cities, Good for Gary will start performing at 6:30 p.m. And there will be plenty of food options for those who work up an appetite on the dance floor.
Haag says food trucks will be offering everything from corn dogs, tacos and mini donuts to gyros, egg rolls and gluten-free treats. The Dog House Bar & Grill — co-sponsor of the event — will be selling adult beverages as well. Please note, outside coolers will not be allowed in the park.
Those with little ones in tow can take advantage of the giant inflatable play structures on site. With a $3 wristband, children and adults who are children at heart will have unlimited access to all nine inflatables.
For something a bit more adventurous, there will be two Millennium Obstacle Courses and an 18-foot "Hot Lava Water Slide."
"Light it Up" goers will find plenty of clearly labeled parking available near Hazelwood Park. 

Mendota Heights

The night sky above Mendota Heights will light up once again on Independence Day. The Mendakota Country Club's annual fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m.
Spectators can park along Mendakota Drive and other streets in the neighborhood (be sure to follow the posted parking rules) and walk to Mendakota Park, 2171 Dodd Road, for a prime viewing spot.
Another popular location for watching the fireworks show is the Mendota Plaza shopping center south of Highway 120 and east of Dodd Road.


The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will once again host the Red, White, and Boom! celebration, which runs July 3-4.
The festival features two races, the Hot Dam 5K and the Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon. Those wishing to participate in these events can register for them online at
If you're looking for a way to cool down after the races or don't want to run at all, you can visit the Father Hennepin Bandshell and Mill Ruins Park for concessions, a free movie, live music, and other family-fun activities from 6 to 9 p.m.
The city will present a fireworks display over the Mississippi River starting at 10 p.m.
You can visit for ideas on where to best see the fireworks. Recommendations include the Stone Arch Bridge and various restaurant rooftops.


Celebrate the Fourth of July in Roseville with the city's Party in the Park, July 4 from 1-10:30 p.m. in Central Park, capping ofF the annual Rosefest.
From 1-7 p.m., there will be carnival activities, inflatables and puppet shows for kids of all ages, with food vendors available from 1-10 p.m.
Entertainment will run throughout the day at the Frank Rog Ampitheatre as well, with The Splatter Sisters performing at 2:45 p.m.; Songs of Hope at 4:15 p.m.; Everett Smithson at 5:45 p.m.; Roseville Big Band at 7:30 p.m., and Roseville Community Band ushering in the fireworks display at 9 p.m.
The night goes out with a boom with Roseville's traditional fireworks display over Bennett Lake, which will blast-off at 10 p.m.
Central Park is located near the intersection of Lexington Avenue and County Road C.

St. Paul

J4, Hmong Style — Enjoy the Fourth of July's "J4" event, put on by the Lao Family Community of Minnesota.
The family friendly event offers sports action, musical performance, and tons of different food choices.
The event is the premiere Fourth of July Event for the Hmong community.
It takes place from Saturday, July 4 to Sunday, July 5 at McMurray Field, located at the intersection of West Jessamine Avenue and North Lexington Parkway, on the edge of Como Park.
Admission is $5, but children 3 and under, and seniors 65 and older are free.

Fort Snelling Independence Day — The annual Historic Fort Snelling Independence Day Celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fort Snelling.
Visitors can celebrate the nation's independence with activities that showcase what life was like in the early 1800s.
Hear the roar of cannon salutes, watch a War of 1812 "mock battle" on the parade ground celebrating Colonel Josiah Snelling's victory at the Battle of Oak Woods, witness a military dress parade, hear patriotic and military fife and drum music, and try your hand at historic games.
Visit the Dred Scott quarters to explore the history of slavery in Minnesota and the part Fort Snelling played in the great debate over freedom during the 1800s.
Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and college students, $6 for children ages 6-17, and free for children 5 and under, and Minnesota Historical Society members.


Join the city of Stillwater for an Independence Day musical spectacular.
At 10 p.m., fireworks choreographed to the song "1812 Overture" will fill the skies over the St. Croix River. The song will be simulcast on KLBB Radio AM 1220. The music will also be heard through a full sound system at Lowell Park.
The Overture will not be the only thing accompanying the fireworks display. Civil War-era cannons will be shot off during one section of the music.
The cannons will be fired for demonstrations earlier in the day, starting after 3 p.m.
Adding to the musical bonanza at Lowell Park will be live bands. Colin Campbell & The C-Notes will perform from 5 to 6:30 p.m. They will be followed by Tumblin' Dice, which will play right up to the start of the fireworks show.
Meanwhile, the St. Croix Jazz Orchestra will perform at Pioneer Park from 7 to 9 p.m. Pioneer Park, located at the corner of North Second and Laurel streets, is another great place to view the fireworks show.

White Bear Lake

The three-week-long Manitou Days festival could not have asked for a bigger conclusion.
Starting at 10 p.m., fireworks will be rocketing up from near the shores of Memorial Beach and across the waters of White Bear Lake.
But fireworks will not be the only aerial spectacle to see on July 4. At 8:30 p.m., a flyover featuring four T-6 planes will soar through the sky.
Before the planes and fireworks take the skies, the Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band will perform at West Park at 8:15 p.m. West Park is located on Lake Avenue and Eleventh Street, across the lake from Memorial Beach.


Woodbury's Independence Day festivities will once again take place at the Bielenberg Sports Center.
Come early at 9 a.m. to enjoy the free splash pad, or arrive around lunchtime for open skating. Open skating costs $4 per person, while skate rental is an additional $3.
Stick around until 6 p.m. for FlashMob!, a Minneapolis-based rock-and-dance cover band that plays hits from the '70s on up to today.
Of course, the one event everyone can look forward to is the fireworks display, which begins at 10 p.m.
The Sports Center is south of Bailey Road and east of Radio Drive, adjacent to East Ridge High School. Parking will be available in the sports center parking lot and the high school parking lot.
A complete traffic plan will be posted on the city's website, and also on the city's Facebook and Twitter pages.


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