Top 10 Independence Day events in Minnesota

Before the fireworks take to the sky, Minnesotans will celebrate Independence Day in a myriad of ways across the state.

Statewide: Where to see fireworks in Minnesota

MPR News’ Facebook page and the MN Today Twitter feed got a lot of suggestions from folks all over the state.

We picked the best and invite you to add yours in the comment section.

Most Original Entry - Anchorage Inn (Photo courtesy of Marilyn Ford, Pine Cone Press-Citizen)

11:00 a.m. — Longville — Parade. Follow it up with a slice of Mary Etta’s Bumbleberry pie.

Noon — Delano — Bingo gets underway at Delano Days.

1:00 p.m. — St Paul — Cannon Salute & Patriotic Speech begins which is part of the Fort Snelling 4th of July
Katie Barron says, “Go to Fort Snelling and celebrate our independence with a historic twist!”

2:00 p.m. — St Paul — 1860s fashion showcase presented by the Living History Society as part of the Minnesota History Center’s salute to the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the fall of Vicksburg program.

2:30 p.m. — Blooming PrairieOld Fashioned 4th of July celebration parade begins.
Evelina Giobbe recommends, “The Blooming Prairie Fourth of July hometown parade, it is the best in the state!”

3:00 p.m. — East Grand ForksSertoma Fun4th Festival Watermelon feed

Something for the nerds
4:00 p.m. — Bloomington — Magic The Gathering tournament begins at ConvergenceCon a convention bringing together science fiction and fantasy geeks.

6:00 p.m. — Minneapolis — 4th of July underwear bike ride, swim and dance: Freedom from pants

6:00 p.m. — Minneapolis — Disaster Bird takes the stage at Mill Ruins Park as part of the Red, White and Boom festivities.

Cheryl Kranz recommends the “Minneapolis Central Riverfront – Several races, a lot of activity and of course, Red White and Boom! Activities start tonight. No one that is a citizen of Mpls should not experience the river – we are so much more than a city of lakes!”

7:00 p.m. — BlaineMinnesota United FC take on the Atlanta Silverbacks.

Oh yeah, and don’t forget the things that go boom in the night.

Statewide: Where to see fireworks in Minnesota

MPR News intern Nicole Oran contributed to this post