How To Celebrate The 4th Of July In The Twin Cities

(EDITOR’S NOTE:  I’m posting this from my un-airconditioned home.  It is currently 88 degrees up in here.  Therefore, I can not be held responsible for any typos you might find.  My brainmeats are boiling, peeps.)


Awesome and Inexpensive Fourth Of July Events

I’ve scoured the land to find the coolest things to do in the Twin Cities this Fourth of July.  Best of all, most of them are FREE events.

The Night Before – Festivities kick off on 4th of July Eve, otherwise known as tonight.

Red White and Boom is a two-day celebration in downtown Mpls.  Tonight they have FREE music and movies in the park.  At the Nicollet Island Pavillion, enjoy a concert from 7 to 9 PM, and the movie Captain America at 9.

In Plymouth, celebrate their FREE Music in Plymouth’s 40th Anniversary.  The music starts at 5 PM at the Hilde Performance Center, and ends with a fireworks display at 10.



Head north to Delano on the 4th to take in MN’s oldest and largest 4th of July parade.  The Grand Marshal is none other than our own Keith Marler!  The parade starts at 10:30 AM, and for the route, log on to



If the 4th of July equals race time to you and your family, check out Twin Cities Bicycling Club’s Watermelon Ride.  There are 15, 25 and even 50 mile routes to choose from, and the ride starts between 7:30 and 10 AM at Battle Creek Regional Park in Maplewood.

Your registration fee of $30 covers the support staff, snacks along the route, and a full picnic lunch at the end.  Best of all, children ride for FREE.



Big band music from the turn of the (20th) century is the perfect sound for the 4th of July.  You can enjoy that Americana sound with The First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band when they perform at Rosland Park in Edina.  The concert is FREE, and the music starts at 8:45 PM.  Some attendees even dress up in period attire from that era… and perhaps I will, too.  For more information, including other upcoming concerts, log on to



The best way to watch fireworks is to see them shot off over a body of water, whilst listening to music timed to the explosions.  You can do all that, and enjoy the small town vibe in one of America’s top ten prettiest towns, in Stillwater.  This year’s fireworks display is supposed to be even bigger and better than past years.  They’ve purchased over $35,000 worth of explosives, and there is musical accompaniment simulcast on KLBB AM.  Plus, there will be a flyover of fighter planes provided by the MN Air National Guard from Duluth.  The fun begins at 10 PM in Stillwater, by the St Croix River.


Best All-Inclusive

If you want to head to one place for your entertainment tonight and all day tomorrow, then you need to head to Richfield.  The Cheap Chick’s home town has it all for the 4th – a street dance and car show tonight, and a parade, carnival and huge fireworks display tomorrow.  They even have their own website for the events – Richfield 4th of


What are you guys doing for the 4th?

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  1. Robert Hein
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 12:50 PM | Permalink

    Don’t forget, the Saint Paul Saints baseball team shoots off their fireworks tonight after the baseball game and tickets can be purchased for as little as $5.

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