Fourth of July: Where to watch fireworks in Minnesota

Fireworks display in Plymouth
Fireworks were on display in Plymouth.
Elliot deBruyn | MPR News 2009

Independence Day means plenty of fireworks, festivities and fanfare.

We've compiled nearly three dozen locations around Minnesota to take in a fireworks show. All events take place Saturday, July 4 unless noted.

Minneapolis will again host Red, White and Boom, a two-day celebration that attracts more than 60,000 people annually. The celebration, which spans Friday and Saturday, features music, food, entertainment and fun for the whole family on the Minneapolis Riverfront. A half-marathon and 5K run are scheduled. Events featured on Friday include a performance by musician Chris Koza and a 7 p.m. screening of Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at the Nicollet Island Amphitheater. Fireworks will be set off from Water Power Park at 10 p.m. on Saturday.

Additional options include:

Albert Lea: Fireworks at 10 p.m. over Fountain Lake.

Alexandria: Fireworks from 9 to 11 p.m. at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center.

Andover: Fireworks at 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 11 in Sunshine Park as a part of Andover's Family Fun Fest celebration.

Apple Valley: Fireworks at 10 p.m. at Johnny Cake Ridge Park East. DJ Sounds at pre-fireworks party, which begins at 5 p.m.

Blaine: Fireworks display at 10 p.m. at the National Sports Center.

Bloomington: Fireworks at dusk on Friday, July 3 at the Normandale Lake Bandshell, preceded by performances from The Resonators, Power of 10 and Bloomington Medalist band. Music begins at 5 p.m.

Brainerd: Fireworks at 10:15 p.m. in the Fifth Street South parking lot of Brainerd High School. Performance by Pop ROCKS at 6:30 p.m.

Chaska: Fireworks in McKnight Park starting at dusk.

Coon Rapids: Fireworks display at 10 p.m. Live music by Shag on tap from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

Cottage Grove: Fireworks at dusk in Kingston Park.

Delano: Fireworks at 10:30 p.m. in Central Park.

Duluth: Live music throughout the evening, starting at 4:30 p.m. Fireworks at Bayfront Festival Park. Aerial display at 10:10 p.m.

Eagan: Fireworks show, which is part of the annual Funfest, starts at 10 p.m. Performance by The Brian Kinney Band begins at 8 p.m.

Eden Prairie: Fireworks at 10 p.m. in Round Lake Park, preceded by a performance by Synergy and Tim Mahoney.

Edina: Parade at 10 a.m. behind Edina City Hall. Evening activities begin at 8:30 p.m. with the First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band concert. Fireworks at 10 p.m. in Rosland Park.

Elk River: Fireworks at dusk at Lions Park.

Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka: The Wolverines Big Band performance at 7 p.m. Fireworks will follow around 10 p.m. in Commons Park in downtown Excelsior.

Fairmont: Fireworks over Sisseton Lake at 10 p.m. Easily viewed from Ward and Sylvania Parks.

Hastings: Fireworks display at 10 p.m. at Hastings Country Club.

Lakeville: Fireworks at Lakeville North High School at 10 p.m.

Mankato: Fireworks in Riverfront Park at 10 p.m. Display visible from both sides of the river. Live music by City Mouse and the Mankato Symphony Orchestra begins at 7 p.m.

Marine on St. Croix: Fireworks at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 3 in downtown Marine.

Mendota Heights: Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Mendakota Country Club.

Moorhead: Fireworks at 10:30 p.m. at Bluestem Center for the Arts. Family-friendly activities begin at 7 p.m. Check parking details before attending.

Prior Lake: Fireworks at 10 p.m. on Lower Prior Lake. Best views from locations north and west of Lakefront Park.

Rochester: Fireworks at Silver Lake Park at dusk.

Roseville: Fireworks over Bennett Lake at 10 p.m. as part of the community's Party in the Park, located in Central Park. Live music before the fireworks.

Shakopee — Canterbury Park: Fireworks show at dusk on Friday, July 3, preceded by a performance from Brat Pack Radio.

Stewartville: Fireworks at dusk in Florence Park.

St. Paul: Saint Paul's annual Fourth of July fireworks display will take place over CHS Field in Lowertown following the Saints game against the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks at approximately 10 p.m. Other suggested viewing areas are Indian Mounds Regional Park or Lower Landing Park.

Stillwater: Fireworks will take place along the St. Croix River around 10 p.m. There will be live music and activities before the fireworks.

White Bear Lake: Fireworks at 10 p.m. at Memorial Beach. Live music begins at 8 p.m.

Woodbury: Fireworks at 10 p.m. at Bielenberg Sports Center. Live music before the aerial display.