July 4th is just around the corner and it’s time to make plans to celebrate America’s Birthday! Happy 238th Birthday America! There’ll be lots of fun entertainment happening around the beautiful Twin Cities. You’ll find something that will be perfect for you and your family to enjoy and spend time celebrating America’s Birthday.
First, let’s remind ourselves why we celebrate the 4th of July. What sets this day apart from any other fourth day of any other month? In 1776 the Declaration of Independence was created by of a group of 56 leaders from the original 13 colonies governed under the rule of King George III.
These courageous men stood up to Britain’s King and his oppressive treatment of the colonists. The names we’re all familiar with are John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. In 1776 these leaders and 52 others signed the Declaration of Independence declaring our nations independence from British rule and set in motion the path to freedom we enjoy today.
Although we mark July 4th on our calendar as the day our fledgling nation won independence from British rule, in reality it was a battle that was fought until the Revolutionary war ended in 1783. The colonists endured years of hardship as they fought for themselves and future generations. As we celebrate this day, remember the brave men and women who set our great Country on the road to freedom we enjoy every day.
A 2 day celebration is planned!
Father Hennepin Bluffs Park:
The annual Red White and Boom celebration include’s two athletic events this year. The party starts with the Hot Dam 5K fun walk/run at 6:30pm. The course begins on historic Main Street and ends on Nicollet Island. If you prefer to relax while the athlete in your family participates in the event you could be waiting for them at the Nicollet Island Amphitheatre and enjoy live music. Howl at the Moon with the hauntingly beautiful voice of our beautiful local musician Lydia Liza and her band Bomba de Luz at 7pm. After the 5K run everyone can cool down and enjoy watching Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. The movie begins at 9pm, is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Bring some blankets and/or chairs and arrive early as space is limited.
For you energetic early birds or if you missed the Hot Dam 5K no worries! You can start the day with the Red White and Boom TC Half Marathon and Relay that begins at 6:30am from 420 Main Street Southeast, Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, Minneapolis MN.
Pack a picnic and consider spending the afternoon relaxing in the heart of the city as this year’s high waters of the Mississippi River flows beneath the majestic Stone Arch Bridge.
Father Hennepin Bandshell: Dred I Dread will rock you with reggae from the bandshell at 6:00pm to 7:30pm. At 8:00pm to 10:00pm High Brow and the Shades will bring the sound of good times and tunes to get you dancing in the park!
Father Hennepin Bluffs Park: The Family Fun Zone will offer free activities from 6:00pm to 10:00pm including face painters, jugglers, and crazy fair hair for kids of all ages.
Mill Ruins Park
Mill Ruins Park: Over on the south side of the Stone Arch Bridge at Mill Ruins Park Hot Damn! will get things hopping at 6:00 – 7:30. The Rhythm Roosters will perform their snappy sound from 8:00 – 10:00pm
The Fireworks will begin launching from Water Power Park at 10pm
NOTE: NO FIREWORKS DISPLAY THIS YEAR.
Sadly, due to safety concerns and the lack of available law enforcement the park’s neighborhood association group’s board opted to forego fireworks for the first time in 123 years. The park will host Celebrating Our Independence with entertainment and food from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Aztec Dancing begins at 11:30am. The talented Greg Herriges and Troy Berg bring their unique style of “whirled music” at 1:30pm. Alma Andina brings the beat of Latin folk music to the park at 2:30pm. Visitors are welcome to stay in the park and enjoy face painting and a bouncy castle for the kids, badminton, croquet, bocce ball, arts and crafts for the kids and canoeing, Beautiful Powderhorn Park located at 3400 15th Ave. S. Mpls MN
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Historic Fort Snelling:
Fort Snelling is located one mile east of the airport at the junction of Highway 5 and Highway 55.
The Fort was built during the 1820’s and this 4th of July you’ll join in and celebrate the history of freedom 1800’s style beginning at 10:00am. This year’s activities includes musket firing’s, patriotic speeches, a mock battle of the War of 1812, cannon salutes, a fife and drum performance, an Infantry Parade and more. Parking is free. The Fort closes at 5pm.
You’ll have plenty of time to head over to Richfield’s Veteran’s Park to enjoy the rest of the evening with food, music and fireworks.
Eagan is also on close proximity. If you prefer Texas Hold’em and carnival rides before fireworks head on over to Eagan’s Funfest!
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Richfield will have a 3 day celebration!
This year’s celebration begins with Family Night at Veterans Memorial Park. A kiddie parade around the park begins at 5:30pm. Inflatables for the kids, bungee trampolining, fair hair, and other activities are planned from 5:50 – 8:30pm. On the big screen the entire family can watch Despicable Me2. The movie begins at 9:00pm. Bring a blanket, spend the evening and enjoy the movie!
The 14th annual classic car show begins at 10am to – 6:00pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park located at 66th St and Chicago Ave. This event is free for spectators who’ll enjoy live music while admiring classic cars. Great vendor food will also be available for purchase.
Join the Street Dance on the south side of Veteran’s Memorial Park at 66th St and Chicago from 6:00pm – 11:00pm. The Rockin’ Hollywoods will provide the music. There’ll be entertainment and inflatables for the kids and concessions for all. Entrance admission to the Street Dance is $5.00 for ages 5 and up.
The annual Richfield parade begins at 70th St. and Nicollet Ave and will parade north down Nicollet Ave to 66th St. At 66th St the parade heads east on 66th St to 11th Ave. Rain or shine the parade will start at 1:00pm.
Music and entertainment in Veterans Park from 7:00pm-10:00pm
Fireworks @ 10:00pm at Veterans Park at 66th Street and Portland Avenue.
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Eagan’s Funfest will celebrate over 3 days! Funfest will be held at the Eagan Community Center located at 1501 Central Parkway, off interstate 35E just north of Yankee Doodle Road and Pilot Knob Road.
The carnival opens at 4:00pm to – 8:00pm
2:00pm – 7:00pm: Red Cross Blood Drive
4:00pm to 12:00 midnight: Carnival and food vendors
5:30pm: Children’s funniest bike parade
6:00pm -10:00pm: Texas Hold’em Tournament (free entry)
8:00pm – 12midnight: Funfest Concert ~The Dweebs return for the 8th year in a row!
10:00am: Stars and Stripes Parade
12noon -12midnight: Carnival and food vendors
1:00pm-5:00pm: Car Show
1:00pm: 7th Annual Brain Freeze Contest
1:00pm – 4:00pm: Bingo at the Texas Hold’em Tent
1:00pm – 7:00pm: Red Cross Blood Drive
2:30pm – 4:00pm: Jason Huneke Comedy Juggling Show
6:00pm – 10:00pm: Texas Hold’em Tournament (free entry)
8:30 -12midnight: Funfest concert: Rock Godz
12 midnight: Funfest closes
St. Louis Park:
St. Louis Park will hold its celebration at Aquilla Park located at 3110 Xylon Ave. S. Stevie and the Rockers will rock you with entertainment from 7:00pm – 9:30pm.
Fireworks at 10:00pm
Edina’s parade begins at 10:00am beginning behind City Hall, 4801 W 50th St, Edina MN and will end at 50th St and Halifax at the US Bank parking lot.
At Rosalind Park, located at 66th St. and Valley View Road you can listen to the delightful First John Phillip Souza Band. The band will begin playing at 8:30 pm.
Fireworks at 10:00pm.
Bloomington celebrates Summer Fete at the Normandale Lake Bandshell at 5901 W. 84th St with a carnival and two entertainment stages, the Main Stage and the Kids Stage and fireworks just after dusk. The kids carnival area opens at 5:00pm with several inflatable and specialty attractions. Family entertainment by Tricia and the Toonies begins at 5:00pm on the Kids stage with interactive fun and puppet characters. At 7:40pm the Zinghoppers invite you to join DJ Kitty and J-Star for more fun and an interactive concert and dance party.
Over at the Bandshell main stage Jona and the Whales will entertain with classic rock. At 8:40 the gears shift when the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra will perform.
Summer Fete fireworks begin at dusk ~ around 10pm. Bloomington has one of the most spectacular displays in the state and is one of the few displays to feature 10-inch shells to celebrate America’s Independence.
Various food vendors will be on hand with a variety of goodies for sale. Around the Main Stage find Olson Popcorn, Taco Palace, corn dogs and hot dogs, O’cheeze and Carnival Concessions. At the Kids Stage Auntie Wendy’s Kettle Corn, Drew’s Mini Donuts, Jerry’s Lemonade, Sweet Clouds Cotton Candy are just some of the vendors that plan to delight your taste buds.
*NOTE: Bloomington will not have a fireworks display on the 4th.
Enjoy your holiday. Be safe. Have fun.
Happy Birthday America!