17 great places to watch July 4th fireworks

Flooding has shifted some of the festivities this year, but Independence Day is expected to go off with a bang this year across Minnesota.

July 3
Bloomington — Normandale Lake Bandshell. Gaze towards the Hyland Lake Ski jump just after 10 p.m.

Fergus Falls — West Otter Tail County Fairgrounds. 10:30 p.m.

July 4
Blooming Prairie — Victory Field. 10 p.m.

Duluth — Bayfront Park. “Minnesota’s largest” display. 10:10 p.m.

St. Paul — State Capitol. Flooding moved the show to the capitol grounds. It is a relatively rare site to get to see the fireworks over the Minnesota State Capitol. The grassy capitol mall will be a fine place to spread out a blanket or set up a folding chair. 10 p.m.

Minneapolis — Water Power Park. Red, White and BOOM explodes over the Mississippi River. Viewing locations include the Stone Arch Bridge, Mill Ruins and Father Hennepin Park. 10 p.m.

St. Cloud — Wilson and Hester Parks. Fireworks shot off a barge in the Mississippi River. 10:00 p.m.

St Louis Park — Aquila Park. 10 p.m.

Albert Lea — City Beach over Fountain Lake. 10 p.m.

Fargo-Moorhead — Bonanzaville. Dusk.

Bemidji — Nymore Beach. Part of the Water Carnival celebration. Dusk.

Stillwater — Riverfront, Lowell Park, Pioneer Park. Fireworks launched over the St. Croix, viewable from multiple locations. Dusk.

Tower — North Hill. Dusk.

Grand Marais — Grand Marais Harbor. Dusk.

Fergus Falls — I-94 Raceway. After the races conclude.

July 5

Delano – Central Park. “Prepare to be astonished” the Delano 4th of July site promises. Sparks fly at 10:30p

Hudson, Wisconsin — Lake Front Park, over the St. Croix River. Dusk

Where do you like to watch fireworks?

  • darb02

    Y’all missed a big one: Austin has one of the best shows in the state. Perfectly coordinated to music in Bandshell Park. Thousands and thousands pack the park and its hillsides. Classic setting, and a really spectacular show.

    • http://mntoday.mprnews.org/ Michael Olson – MPR News

      Thanks for the addition! Have a happy and safe 4th.

  • Steve from Up North

    Another great show tonight is the Eveleth fireworks show tonight. They shut down the main street for a street dance / bar crawl, and the fireworks start at 10 from the hill at the south end of the main drag.

  • Bill Steen

    Park Rapids – Fully funded by 450 individual and business donations; one spectacular show which seems like a never-ending finale! Easy to park; easy to get to; easy to leave! Join the Bang!

  • http://silvercreeksignworks.com Richard Bohrer

    Two Harbors- At the breakwall in the Historic Downtown Waterfront. Watch the fireworks explode over Lake Superior with Ore Docks, The Edna G. tugboat and Two Harbors Lighthouse as a backdrop.

  • Kate Winter

    Anoka!

    Come join us for some “ooohs” and “aaahs” at the annual fireworks on Thursday, July 3 at Castle Field (7th Ave, near Anoka High School). Fireworks begin around dusk.

  • peachlovehope

    We enjoy going to the fireworks in Delano. My entire life, I have never seen fireworks put on for a full 30 minutes WITHOUT skimping in between and still including a grand finale except for in Delano. Well worth the drive. We are heading over there again tonight! :)