Fourth of July fireworks and festivities in Minneapolis and St. Paul


Red, White, and BOOM! This year the Independence Day celebrations include numerous musical acts in Minneapolis as well as the second annual Twin Cities Half Marathon. In St. Paul, fireworks on the river are the main downtown event. In both cities, neighborhood events take place in various parks.

Red, White and BOOM! in Minneapolis

July 3: Fun run, concert, movie at Hennepin Bluffs Park, Nicollet Island

5:30 p.m. Race Day Registration ($30 for all participants; Pre-registered Price: Adult—$25 Youth—$15)
6:30 p.m.  Hot Dam 5K Fun Run at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park (420 Main St. SE, Minneapolis)
7-9 p.m.  Live performance from Communist Daughter in Nicollet Island Pavilion (40 Power St. Minneapolis, MN 55401)
9 p.m.  Iron Man 2 outdoor movie

July 4: Half marathon, music, family activities, fireworks on St. Anthony Main

6:30 a.m. Twin Cities Half Marathon on Historic Main Street, sponsored by Twin Cities in Motion (Price: $55)
3:30 p.m.  Billy Johnson Road Show on Main Street Stage (201 SE. Main St.
Minneapolis, MN)
4 p.m.  Shirts and Skins on Courtyard Stage (201 SE. Main St.
Minneapolis, MN)
6-9 p.m.  Family fun activities
6 p.m.  Canon Chorus on Father Hennepin Park Stage (420 Main St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414)
6:30 p.m.  Doug Otto and The Getaways on Mill Ruins Park Stage (103 Portland Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55401)
7 p.m.  Orange Whip on Main Street Stage, Sell Out Stereo on Courtyard Stage, Becky Shaheen and the Midnight Hour on Father Hennepin Park Stage
8 p.m.  Herman Jones My Funk Brother Band on Father Hennepin Park Stage
8 p.m.  The Moss Piglets on Mill Ruins Park Stage
10 p.m.  Fireworks. Viewing areas are West River Parkway from the 8th Ave. Bridge to 35W, Main Street from Central Ave. to 6th Ave. SE and the Stone Arch Bridge.

(For more Red, White, and BOOM! Information, contact Alice Widstrand at Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board ( or (612) 230-6415.

Downtown St. Paul

10:15 p.m. Fireworks display at Upper Landing Park (On Shepard Road and Chestnut, on the north side of the Mississippi River behind the Science Museum)

In the neighborhoods

Fourth in the Park — July 4 in Saint Anthony Park, St. Paul

Fourth in the Park is the annual Independence Day celebration for the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood. The parade and picnic has been a staple in St. Paul for more than 60 years. It is a family-friendly function with a parade, live music, pony rides, and much more. Sponsored by the St. Anthony Park Community Foundation and the St. Paul Department of Parks and Recreation, along with contributions from local businesses and neighbors. Donations are welcome in order to keep the annual tradition alive.

8:30 a.m. Registration for 2-mile race (for joggers and juniors 15 and younger) and 4-mile race (for men, women, and masters) at Langford Park Recreation Center (30 Langford Park, Saint Paul) Small fee for entry
9 a.m. 2-mile and 4-mile races start
10:30 a.m. Parade assemblies and free flags at Park Services (2277 W. Como Avenue)
11 a.m. Parade begins and goes along Como Avenue from Luther Place to Langford Park
11:45 a.m. Langford Park bandstand program
12-1 p.m. Registration for tournaments
12-6 p.m. Food and drinks available at the refreshment stand
1 p.m. Tournaments begin
1-2:30 p.m. Pig’s Eye Jazz Band performing live at the bandstand
1-4 p.m. Pony rides
2:30-4 p.m. Races and contests for all ages (Ribbons for every participant)
4 p.m. Drawing for door prizes (Must be present to win)
4:30-6 p.m. Erik Stoeckler performing live at the bandstand

For more Fourth in the Park information, contact Julie Glowka 651-647-9969 or Cindy Vik Thrasher 651-644-4794


Powderhorn Park

3 p.m. Fourth of July celebration starts – live entertainment
10 p.m. Fireworks display

Sponsored by Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association and the City of Minneapolis (3400 15th Ave. S, Minneapolis) For more information, call 612-370-4960.


Fuller Park/Tangletown

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fuller Park parade and picnic (Parade begins at Washburn High School (201 West 49th St., Minneapolis) and ends at Fuller Park (4800 Grand Avenue South, Minneapolis) Sponsored by the Tangletown Neighborhood Association and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. For information, call 612-370-4963