The biggest fireworks show in the Twin Cities is Red, White & Boom in downtown Minneapolis. Here are its best vantage points for every type of onlooker.
FOR THE ELEVATED:
Guthrie Endless Bridge: Ever had the luxury of watching fireworks without looking up? The endless bridge puts you nearly at eye-level.
Gold Medal Park: The perfect spot to spread out a blanket and have a pre-blast picnic, the pristine park between the Guthrie and Izzy’s Ice Cream has a largely unobstructed view of the show from its centerpiece hill. See page 26 for more local favorites to help you build your meal.
Mill City Museum: Guarantee your unobstructed view with a $35 seat, which includes museum admission, on the MCM’s observation deck.
FOR THE OUTDOORSY:
A canoe and/or kayak: The Mississippi’s closed in the immediate area of the launch zone, but if you paddle in from farther up-river, you’ll find a comfy in-canoe vista nearby.
Stone Arch Bridge: The 3rd Avenue bridge is closed during the show, making the Stone Arch bridge, just a smidge farther east, prime on-river watching grounds. But get there early in the day or don’t bother.
St. Anthony Main: Sure, you can’t actually see the show, but a cocktail on a patio along this cobblestone drag makes up for it.
AROUND THE TWIN CITIES IN 13 FIREWORKS SPECTACULARS
Apple Valley Freedom Days
Johnny Cake Ridge Park East, 10 p.m.
National Sports Center, 10 p.m.
Normandale Lake Park, July 3, dusk
4th of July Celebration
Lake Ann, 10 p.m.
July 4th Funfest
Eagan Comm. Center Festival Grounds, 10 p.m.
4th of July Hometown Celebration
Round Lake Park, 10 p.m.
Independence Day Parade & Fireworks
Rosland Park, 10 p.m.
Lake Minnetonka 4th of July Celebration
Commons Park, dusk
Panorama of Progress
Lakeville North High School, dusk
Rock and Rockets
Mystic Lake Casino, 10 p.m.
Richfield 4th of July Celebration
Veterans Park, 10 p.m.
St. Louis Park:
July 4th Fireworks Celebration
Aquila Park, 10 p.m.
White Bear Lake:
Memorial Beach, 10 p.m.