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When and where to watch fireworks this holiday weekend across Minnesota

Fireworks shows will go on as planned for many Minnesota towns and cities despite flooded parks and high water along several waterways.
Bill Enderson 2015

The soggy start to July has put a damper on some Independence Day celebrations and activities, but fireworks will happen as planned in many cities and towns across the state. Here’s a list of events set to light up the sky.

Wednesday, July 3

Aurora: The Aurora Patriotic Days will have a fireworks display at Red Top at 10 p.m.

Bloomington: As a part of Summer Fete, viewers can head to Normandale Lake Park for activities from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with fireworks at nightfall.

Eveleth: Dance to live music at Thunder Over Eveleth before the fireworks display at 10:30 p.m.

Excelsior: Enjoy the only public fireworks display over Lake Minnetonka at Commons Park at dusk.

Pequot Lakes: A fireworks display will be at Pequot Lakes High School practice field for the Stars and Stripes Days at dusk. Some other great viewing spots include Trailside Parks and Pequot Lakes School.

Shakopee: Canterbury Park’s event will include live racing, musical entertainment and other engaging activities, with a fireworks display at 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 4

Austin: Held in Bandshell Community Park, Austin’s Freedom Fest fireworks will begin at dusk.

Baudette: Celebrate in the “Walleye Capital of the World” with a little fishing and fireworks for the Fourth of July. Baudette and the Lake of the Woods area will host a fireworks display over Baudette Bay at Willie Walleye Park at 10:15 p.m.

Bemidji: The Red, White & BOOM Firework Spectacular will illuminate the skies over Lake Bemidji at dusk.

Cannon Falls: The fireworks display will occur at The Cannon Valley Fair grounds at dusk.

Chanhassen: The city postponed its fireworks show to July 12 at 10 p.m. due to anticipated rain and thunderstorms. The parade is still scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m. on July 4.

Detroit Lakes: Attendees are invited to watch the show at Mile Long City Beach at 10:00 p.m.

Duluth: Fourth Fest is a free event that takes place in Bayfront Festival Park for an evening of live music and tasty food, with a fireworks display at 10:10 p.m.

Ely: If you're up north celebrating the Fourth this year, check out the fireworks show at Miners Lake at 10 p.m. 

Northfield: The city’s fireworks display will start at 10 p.m. at the Northfield Middle School. People can set up a spot to watch the show at the middle school parking lot and south fields, Tyler Park or the fields north of Jefferson Parkway.

Owatonna: The annual Patriot Skies fireworks display will be held at 10 p.m. at the Steele County Fairgrounds.  

Princeton: Head to the Mille Lacs County Fairgrounds for the July 4 fireworks display, with the Speedway Grandstand open for spectators to enjoy music that goes along with the fireworks at dusk. 

Richfield: A 20-minute fireworks show is planned at 10 p.m. Organizers encourage attendees to arrive early.

St. Cloud: The St. Cloud Area Fireworks will be at 10 p.m. with prime viewing areas on both sides of the Mississippi River, in Wilson and Hester parks.

Friday, July 5

Mankato: Fireworks in Riverfront Park have been postponed from July 4 to July 5 at 10 p.m., synced to music from Radio Mankato stations KXLP, KATO and KDOG.

St. Paul: The St. Paul Saints will be celebrating Independence Day all weekend long with a post-game Monster Food Truck Rally and Fireworks Super Show on the fourth, as well as post-game fireworks on July 3-5.

Saturday, July 6

Crosslake: The annual Fourth of July fireworks display kicks off at 10:10 p.m. Be sure to tune into Skeeter 101.5 FM shortly before dusk to enjoy this year's show choreographed to music.

Friday, July 12

Chanhassen: The city postponed its fireworks show to July 12 at 10 p.m. due to anticipated rain and thunderstorms. The parade is still scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m. on July 4.

Saturday, July 27

Elk River: The city postponed its July 4 fireworks display to July 27 for Elk RiverFest.