July 4 Fireworks in Minneapolis: Red, White and BOOM!

Holiday Festival Features Fireworks and Live Music

 Courtesy of the Annapolis Tourism Center

If you're traveling to the Minneapolis–St. Paul area for Independence day, be sure not to miss the fireworks at Minneapolis' annual Red, White and BOOM! festival. This annual celebration attracts more than 75,000 people to the downtown Minneapolis riverfront. The festival is free and open to the public. The festival's grand finale is a spectacular July 4 display of fireworks overlooking the St. Anthony Falls and the Mississippi River 

Festival Activities

Kids will love the magicians, jugglers, face painters, caricature artists and balloon artists. Adults can enter the half marathon, relay or 5K races held in the morning. The whole family will enjoy an outdoor movie screening and live music by local artists on several stages. When you get hungry, plenty of food vendors offer a wide variety of tastes.

Where's the Best Place to See Fireworks in Minneapolis?

The Red, White and BOOM! fireworks are launched at 10 p.m. from Water Power Park, in the middle of the Mississippi River. The two closest bridges, the historic Stone Arch Bridge and the Central Avenue Bridge, have great views, as do many spots in St. Anthony Main and along the West River Parkway near the Mill City Museum or in Gold Medal Park. Nicollet Island Park affords good views as long as you are not behind a tree.

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Festival Parking 

Parking is at one of downtown Minneapolis' parking ramps. The St. Anthony Falls ramp is the closest to the fireworks and the festival. Consider car pooling because parking is limited.

If you don't mind the walk, look for street parking in the residential Northeast neighborhood north of the fireworks site around Central Avenue. Expect to walk at least a quarter to a half mile.

Cycling or taking the bus to the fireworks is an alternative to driving and parking. Several bus routes serve downtown Minneapolis and St. Anthony Main.

More Firework in the Minneapolis Area

For Independence Day, many local communities in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area also have firework displays on July 4. Check the Star Tribune or Pioneer Press for a list of outlying celebrations.

Valleyfair, an amusement park in Shakopee, usually has a 4th of July fireworks display. You can see them for free with the price of park admission.

Usually in July (but not on the 4th), you can see fireworks during the annual Aquatennial, a multiday festival that celebrates the city during the best days of summer.

In St. Paul, the Minneapolis State Fair, which runs from late August to early September, features fireworks between 10 and 11 p.m. following every Grandstand concert. The display can be seen from anywhere on the fairgrounds.  

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