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The Twin Cities is one of the best places to celebrate the 4th. You get relaxing time on the lakes along with great food & drinks, beautiful parks, baseball games, and tons of awesome ways to celebrate. We’ve rounded up just a few:

Bloomington Summer Fete:

July 3, 2018 – start the festivities early at the Bloomington Summer Fete in Normandale Lake Park. A celebration complete with a carnival that includes inflatable attractions, two entertainment stages with great live performers, and one of the best fireworks shows around.

Eden Prairie’s 4th of July Hometown Celebration:

July 3-4, 2018 – Eden Prairie’s 4th of July Hometown Celebration kicks off on the 3rd and then leads into the 4th to feature live music, great beer & food, and fun outdoor events including a pickleball tournament, 5K run, canoeing, karaoke contest, and even log rolling demos. The fireworks show will begin after sunset around 10 PM.

Eagan July 4th Funfest:

July 3-4 2018 – join the Eagan festivities on the 3rd for a carnival and bike parade. Return for the “Back with a Bang Parade”, carnival, car show, food, fun, live entertainment, fireworks show, and more on the 4th.

Minneapolis Red, White & Boom:

July 4, 2018 – everything from a fun run in the morning to live music, family-friendly activities, and great food all afternoon, followed up by an evening fireworks show. Takes place near the Stone Arch Bridge along the downtown Minneapolis riverfront. Some great locations for watching the downtown fireworks include Gold Medal Park, Stone Arch Bride, and Lake Calhoun.

James J. Hill House, Ice Cream Social & Lawn Party:

July 4, 2018 – before heading out for those firework shows, stop by the James J. Hill House for root beer floats, lawn games, and more family-friendly fun.

Historic Fort Snelling’s Independence Day Celebration:

July 4, 2018 – visit Historic Fort Snelling to learn how Americans celebrated Independence Day two centuries ago. Plus learn more about the groups of people that were still fighting for freedom during that time period. The day includes parades with military dress and full musket salutes.

4th of July at Langford Park:

July 4, 2018 – the only 4th of July parade you’ll find in St. Paul is at Langford Park. Visit for a distance run in the morning, followed by the parade and then music, games, and great, family-friendly outdoor activities.

St. Louis Park Fireworks:

July 4, 2018 – see the fireworks show at Aquila Park in St. Louis Park. Settle in with family and friends for a picnic to enjoy concessions and a special performance at the park. Fireworks will begin around 10 PM.

Apple Valley’s Freedom Days:

Exact days coming soon – take advantage of some of the best in summer fun at Apple Valley’s Freedom Days, featuring an amusement carnival, music in the park, bike rodeo, petting zoo, facing painting and more. And on the 4th of July check out the fun run, parade, carnival, pre-fireworks party, and fireworks show to end the evening.

Take advantage of summer in the Cities while you’re here – opt for a hike, relax near the lakes, or take in the great outdoor dining scene. In town for the whole week? Check out some other great events:

Love Never Dies at the Orpheum: in town 6/26-7/1, the sequel to Phantom of the Opera

Saint Paul Saints: at home as CHS Field 7/2 and 7/6 – 7/8; special Independence Day Celebration Fireworks Super Show planned for Monday, 7/2

Minnesota Twins: playing at home 7/5 – 7/8 with a Fireworks Friday show on 7/6; check out the schedule here


Limited Time Offer: Make a full week of it in the Twin Cities. Guests that book our “Save in the Cities” package will get their room plus access to great local discounts!



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