The Fourth of July falls on a Thursday this year. Here's a guide to Fourth of July events and safety tips to help you plan.
Fourth of July Events
Many events are scheduled throughout the state to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Click the dropdown below to see several events scheduled in honor of the day:
Apple Valley - Freedom Days: During this festival, a carnival is open daily June 27-July 4 and fireworks are at 10 p.m. at Johnny Cake Ridge Park East.
Aquila Park, St. Louis Park: Food and performances will be at the park July 4 from 7-10 p.m. and fireworks are to begin at 10 p.m.
Blaine - Fireworks Display: Fireworks in Blaine will be launched at 10 p.m. June 29 at the National Sports Center.
Canterbury Park, Shakopee - Fireworks Spectacular: Starting at 4 p.m. July 3, Canterbury Park is hosting Fourth of July festivities including a kiddie carnival and Corgi races. Fireworks are to follow live racing at about 10:15 p.m.
Castle Field, Anoka - Annual 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks: Fireworks will start at dusk July 3 near Castle Field.
Coon Rapids - 4th of July Celebration: Held at the Coon Rapids Ice Center & Recreation location starting at 8 a.m. July 4, this Fourth of July celebration includes carnival rides and games, food, live music and a Firecracker 5K, 10K and Kids Fun Run among other festivities.
Eagan - FunFest: The FunFest starts July 3 at 4 p.m. and includes a bike parade, a Fourth of July parade starting at 10 a.m. July 4 and fireworks following at 10 p.m. July 4.
Edina - 4th of July Parade: The Edina Fourth of July parade begins at 10 a.m. and fireworks are expected at 10 p.m.
Lake Minnetonka, Excelsior - Lake Minnetonka 4th of July Celebration: Held at Excelsior Commons Park starting at 7:30 a.m. July 4 with a set of Firecracker Runs, this event includes a fireworks show and fair food on site.
Lakeville - Pan-O-Prog: Live music, inflatables, concessions and fireworks will be at Lakeville's Pan-O-Prog from 4:30-10:30 p.m. July 4. The event runs from July 4-14.
Minneapolis - Red, White and Boom: Fireworks along the Minneapolis Riverfront begin at 10 p.m. July 4. There's also a 6:50 a.m. 5K as well as music, vendors and family activities from 6-10 p.m.
Northfield - Fireworks Display: Northfield's fireworks will be launched from the Northfield Middle School's kickball diamond at 9:45 p.m. July 4.
North Hazelwood Park, Maplewood - Light it Up Maplewood: Games, food trucks and music will start at 4 p.m. and fireworks will start around 10 p.m.
Richfield - Red, White and Blue Days: This event runs July 2-4 and includes music, food and more as well as 10 p.m. fireworks on July 4.
Roseville - Rosefest 2019: Live music, food, carnival activities and inflatables will be part of Rosefest 2019 June 24-30 and July 4.
Round Lake Park, Eden Prairie: Starting July 4 at 7:30 a.m., there will be games, contests, activities, food and fireworks.
St. Anthony Park, St. Paul - 4th in the Park: This annual event includes a picnic and parade, starting at 8 a.m. July 4.
St. Cloud - Fireworks: Fireworks are expected at 10 p.m. July 4 and are visible from both Hester and Wilson parks.
St. Croix River, Stillwater: A firework display will begin at 10 p.m. July 4 in Stillwater with bands performing prior to the fireworks.
Valleyfair, Shakopee - July 4th BBQ From July 4-7, Valleyfair is hosting a Fourth of July celebration at Picnic Point.
Woodbury - Fireworks Display: Food and music will be available at the Woodbury Hometown Celebration starting at 6 p.m. July 4 at the HealthEast Sports Center. Fireworks are scheduled for 10 p.m.
The State Fire Marshal states sparklers, cones and tubes that emit sparks and novelty items such as snakes and party poppers are legal in Minnesota. Examples of legal and illegal variations of fireworks can be found here.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, 250 people, on average, are sent to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the Fourth of July holiday.
The organization lists several safety tips when using fireworks here, including:
Never place any part of the body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse
Never try to relight or pick up fireworks that haven't fully ignited
Keep a bucket of water or garden hose nearby
Light fireworks one at a time, and move away from the firework quickly
After fireworks have been ignited and complete their burning, douse the spent device with water before discarding it
Fourth of July Weather and Traffic
Whether you're planning to stay in town or head out of town for the Fourth of July, be sure to check the KSTP weather forecast and traffic updates.
Track weather conditions via the maps below, and be sure to watch 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS for the latest weather reports.
Avoid traffic jams by checking the KSTP traffic map for road conditions:
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