New Year's Eve Fireworks in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Firework Displays for New Year's Eve in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Minnesota

Where can you go to watch fireworks on New Years Eve in Minneapolis and St. Paul? Are there fireworks in downtown Minneapolis? Here's where to see fireworks in Minneapolis and St. Paul on New Years Eve.

Minneapolis historically put on a firework display in downtown Minneapolis, over the Mississippi River. They cancelled the fireworks a couple of years ago for budget reasons. The only fireworks the City of Minneapolis organizes is the Independence Day Red, White and Boom fireworks.

So, with no fireworks in downtown Minneapolis, where can you go to watch fireworks on New Years Eve?

Fireworks in Minneapolis and St. Paul

  • Local ski hill Buck Hill has an annual New Year's Eve party. On December 31 2013, Buck Hill will have skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing until Midnight. There will also be ski racing, competitions, free tarot card readings, free glitter hairstyles, entertainers, live music, and special cocktails for sale. Then, Buck Hill promises a huge fireworks display at Midnight.  Eve.

Extra events and watching the fireworks are free - you'll have to pay for lift tickets, food and beverages. More information at Buck Hill's website.

  • Another local ski hill, Afton Alps, also promises a New Year's Eve Extravaganza party with skiing, snowboarding until Midnight, a torchlight skiing parade, music, contests, and fireworks at midnight. 

More information at Afton Alps' website.

Regional Fireworks Displays

La Cross, WI: Skyrockers New Year's Eve Fireworks Show. The Skyrockers put on an annual New Year's Eve fireworks show from Grandad's Bluff in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, about 2.5 hours south of the Twin Cities. La Cross is right across the Minnesota-Wisconsin state line, so you can get a good view from the Minnesota or Wisconsin side.

Fireworks begin at midnight.

More information on the Skyrocker's website.

Putting on Your Own Fireworks Display

So what do you do, if you want fireworks on New Year's Eve? Can you launch your own fireworks? Unfortunately for firework fans, most types of fireworks are illegal in Minnesota. Any firework that launches and goes airborne, or explodes, or both, is illegal in Minnesota. It's no secret that firework sales are legal in next-door Wisconsin, and cities just over the state line offer plenty of opportunities to purchase fireworks. But, even though it's legal to purchase fireworks in Wisconsin, it's still illegal to bring them back into Minnesota, and it's illegal to launch or set off fireworks in Minnesota, unless you are officially licensed to do so.

More New Year's Eve Events

What else is happening in Minneapolis and St. Paul on New Year's Eve? More New Year's Eve events - ice skating, restaurants, parties, and family events.