Fireworks, backyard barbecues, relaxing by the water—the Fourth of July is the epitome of summer events. Around the Minneapolis area, there are not only plenty of fireworks displays happening, but also everything from full-on carnivals to giant parades!
Whether you’re looking for an event in the city or the suburbs, here are the top highlights of Fourth of July around Minneapolis.
Red, White & Boom!
Hosted by Summit Brewing Company for almost ten years, Red, White & BOOM! kicks off the celebrations with a morning full of races, including a 5K, a relay, and a half-marathon. The races all start and end at the iconic Stone Arch Bridge. Afterwards, participants and friends and family can enjoy some some tasty grilling at the post-race picnic.
At 6pm, the main event starts, bringing in more than 75,000 people to the Downtown Riverfront as it comes alive with live music, food, and activities.
4th of July at Stone Arch Bridge
If you’re looking for a celebration that’s a little more removed from Downtown, Stone Arch Bridge will kick off a giant Fourth of July celebration starting at 6:30pm. In addition to the landmark being a top spot to watch the Red, White & BOOM! fireworks, there will also be food and drink vendors and live music at both ends of the bridge.
Tangletown 4th of July Picnic & Parade
If you’re looking for something to do before the fireworks at night, consider checking out the 4th of July Picnic & Parade, courtesy of Tangletown. The parade kicks off at 10am, and any and all volunteers are welcome!
After the parade, there will be a festival in Fuller Park, featuring inflatables, face painting, carnival games, cool treats, and live music. Everything will wrap up by 1pm, so there’s plenty of time to grab lunch before you head to the fireworks show.
Celebrations in the Suburbs
For those who live outside of the city or are looking to celebrate in the suburbs, there are plenty of lively Fourth events to check out.
Coon Rapids 4th of July
A two-day celebration starting on the 2nd, the Coon Rapids 4th of July features live music, food and drink vendors, beer wagons, a carnival, and kids’ activities.
Forest Lake 4th of July
Forest Lake’s Fourth celebration has a jam-packed schedule, with a parade, a carnival, bingo, and live music.
Woodbury’s Hometown Celebration
Country music, fireworks, food and drinks, bounce houses—Woodbury’s Hometown Celebration features tons of all-ages attractions.
Delano 4th of July Celebration
The oldest and largest Fourth of July celebration in the state, Delano’s Fourth offers a parade, celebrity guests, a carnival, live music, and so much more. If you’re looking for a celebration that pulls out all the stops, this is the one!
Eden Prairie 4th of July Hometown Celebration
Happening at Round Lake Park, Eden Prairie’s Hometown Celebration will have inflatables, BMX demonstrations, food vendors, pickleball tournaments, a 5K, karaoke, live music, and fireworks. You definitely won’t run out of things to do before the fireworks start at 10pm.
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