Where to Watch Fireworks in Minnesota on 4th of July


Independence Day celebrations are quickly approaching, and many Minnesotans will take in a fireworks show as part of their Fourth of July festivities.

Whether you are traveling, spending time with friends and family or staying close to home, here are some of the best places to watch fireworks around the state:

Minneapolis — Red, White, and Boom!

The annual Fourth of July celebration in Minneapolis is one of the largest in Minnesota, culminating in a fireworks show on the Mississppi River. Popular viewing areas include the Stone Arch Bridge and Gold Medal Park, as well as nearby rooftops or boats on the river. Live music and other activities precede the show, which starts at 10 p.m.

According to an analysis by WalletHub, Minneapolis ranks as the 11th best city in the nation to celebrate Independence Day, and St. Paul ranks 29th. Both cities rank in the top 10 for the safety and accessibility of their events.

St. Cloud — Fourth of July Firework Display

St. Cloud’s firework show is a large attraction in central Minnesota and is synced to a specially selected music soundtrack. Activities include a concert by the St. Cloud Municipal band and a “signing” of the Declaration of Independence. Viewing areas include Hester Park and Wilson Park as fireworks are launched from the Mississippi River at 10 p.m.

Duluth — Fourth Fest 

For those up North, Duluth’s Fourth Fest is the place to go. Fireworks begin at 10:10 p.m. at Bayfront Festival Park, and pre-show entertainment includes music by Kat Perkins from “The Voice.” Dozens of food and craft vendors will also be stationed in the park.

Shakopee — Valley Fair 

Valley Fair is hosting a firework display on July 3 and 4, beginning at 9:50 p.m. Rides, games, food and entertainment are available inside the park for guests, but the fireworks show is also visible to the public from outside the park.

Albert Lea — Fireworks Display

Albert Lea’s Fourth of July celebration is the largest in southern Minnesota, beginning with a parade on July 3 and ending with a fireworks show over Fountain Lake at dusk on July 4. Events are located in downtown Albert Lea.

For a more complete listing of firework displays across Minnesota, visit Explore Minnesota or Twin Cities Fireworks.

Article by Andrew Heiser and originally posted on KSTP News 5.

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