Celebrate Independence Day

Here’s a list of area Fourth of July celebrations​


Minnesota Historical Society

Summit Avenue Walking Tour

Take a 90-minute walking tour of the Summit Avenue neighborhood, named one of America’s “Great Streets” in 2008. The tours highlight the Gilded-Age mansions that line the elite avenue and the people who owned them and built them. Guides will talk about the architecture, social history and current preservation issues of the historic neighborhood. The tour starts at the James J. Hill House and covers 1.5 miles. All areas are handicapped accessible, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs. Tours begin at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Participants should meet at the James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave. The tour costs $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and college students, $10 for ages 5-17, and Minnesota Historical Society Members get a 20 percent discount. For a full list of tour dates visit mnhs.org and search “Summit Avenue Walking Tour.”

Ice cream social and lawn party

Beat the Fourth of July heat with root beer floats and lawn games at the James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, before watching fireworks. From 6 to 8 p.m., enjoy hands-on children activities, challenge yourself to find the mushroom cave, or lounge on the terrace taking in views of the Mississippi River and downtown St. Paul. In the event of rain, visitors can enjoy a film screening indoors. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and college students and kids 5 to 17. MNHS members save 20 percent. For more events and to buy tickets online, go to www.mnhs.org.


White Bear Lake

In honor of Independence Day and the end of White Bear Lake’s annual 3-week-long Manitou Days celebration, White Bear Lake is hosting a free fireworks display over its namesake lake on July 4 at Memorial Beach, 4980 Lake Ave. Arrive early to join in the holiday fun with music beginning at 8 p.m. At 8:30 p.m.; a flyover featuring T-6 planes will soar through the sky. The 10 p.m. fireworks show at Memorial Beach will wrap up the day. In case of rain, the fireworks display will be July 5.


St. Paul

St. Paul Saints

The St. Paul Saints will have an Independence Day Celebration during the game on Wednesday, July 3. The Saints will be playing the Lincoln Saltdogs starting at 6:05 p.m. at CHS Field in downtown St. Paul. After the game, stick around for the Independence Day Celebration Fireworks Super Show. 


Fourth in the Park

This year is the 72nd anniversary of the Fourth in the Park event in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul, which will take place July 4 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

 A few highlights of the day include:

Fun run: Start the day with a 2 or 4-mile race in the neighborhood at 8:30 a.m. (register at 8 a.m. at  Langford Recreation Center, 30 Langford Park)    

Parade: At 11 a.m., the eclectic and vibrant parade winds its way down Como Avenue, starting from Luther Place and Grantham Street. Kids can ride their brightly decorated bikes, trikes and wagons as the parade finale. Participants gather at 10:30 a.m. at Ned’s Park Service, 2277 Como Ave. 

Park activities: The parade ends in Langford Park, where speeches, music, pony rides, volleyball, horseshoes, tennis and more await. Or just relax with family and friends over a picnic.     

Food trucks: There will be several food truck options stationed around the east side of the park.

Fort Snelling

On Thursday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., spend the United States’ birthday at Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Ave., and explore the history of freedom in 19th-century America. Discover how many Americans celebrated the holiday nearly two centuries ago, complete with cannon and musket salutes, military dress parades, fife and drum music, and much more. Visit interactive learning stations around the fort and learn about the struggles for freedom and independence for several different groups of Americans — such as enslaved people, Native Americans, and women — while exploring the question, “What does freedom mean today?” Admission to the site is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for kids ages 5 to 17.

Hmong International Freedom Festival

The 39th annual Hmong International Freedom Festival returns to Como Park’s McMurray Fields, 1155 Jessamine Ave. W. in St. Paul on July 6 and 7. The festival includes sports tournaments, dancers, singers, merchandise and food booths, and activities for the whole family. The festival celebrates Hmong history, culture and immigration to the U.S. There is a $7 admission fee for the event; seniors and young kids enter free. 



Maplewood’s “Light It Up” Fourth of July event will be held again this year at Hazelwood Park, 1663 County Road C, near the Maplewood Mall. The event will run July 4, starting around 4 p.m. with plenty to do before the fireworks show begins around 10 p.m. For $3, children can have unlimited play on giant inflatables. No coolers will be allowed in the park, but adult beverages will be available for sale. There will be a number of food trucks at the event selling fair favorites as well as international cuisine. Those in attendance will be able to watch a bean bag tournament. Try to spot the four roaming performers and a stilt walker. The Good For Gary Band will be performing live music starting around 6:30 and running until the fireworks begin. Both parking and admission are free.



Celebrate the Fourth of July with your Roseville neighbors at the Party in the Park. The event begins at 1 p.m. in Central Park at Lexington and features carnival activities, inflatables and puppet shows through 7 p.m., along with food vendors through 10 p.m. The day includes a full slate of music at the Frank Rog Amphitheatre: Alpha Bits at 2:45 p.m.; Songs of Hope at 4:15 p.m.; Innocent Reggae Band at 5:45 p.m.; Roseville Big Band at 7:30 p.m.; and Roseville Community Band at 9 p.m. The Independence Day party comes to an end with a big bang as fireworks go off over Bennett Lake at 10 p.m. The Frank Rog Amphitheatre in Central Park is located at 2540 N. Lexington Ave.


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