Things to Do for the Fourth of July in Minneapolis

Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is quickly approaching! Nothing says July 4th like BBQs, pool days, parades, and fireworks! While the pandemic continues to put a damper on things and Minneapolis just announced it has canceled its Red, White, and Boom fireworks display for the second summer in a row, there are still some celebrations returning in the area. Read on to see what’s happening around Minneapolis this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.

City Sponsored Events

One of the main reasons for the city’s aforementioned decision to cancel the Red, White, and Boom fireworks show was that they simply didn’t have enough time to plan it by the time they realized that that type of outdoor gathering would be safe this summer. So instead, the Park and Recreation Board is planning to host an assortment of fun Fourth of July events at various parks around the city. It’s all still in the works, but you’ll want to check back here for more details as the date approaches!

Wabun Picnic Area

A laid-back day barbequing with family and friends is one of the best ways to spend the Fourth of July, and if you’re looking for a public park to host a BBQ, check out Wabun Picnic Area in Minnehaha Regional Park. It has picnic shelters (both for reservation and first-come-first-served), picnic tables, restrooms, a wading pool, and disc golf. You’re allowed to bring a grill as long as you don’t dispose of charcoal in the park’s garbage cans.

If you’re planning to make a full day of it, there are plenty of adventures to be had in the greater park. Minnehaha Park is the home of hiking trails where you can come across beautiful limestone bluffs, overlooks of the river, and the 53-foot Minnehaha Falls.

Go to a Concert

The nearby town of White Bear Lake, less than half an hour from Minneapolis, is hosting A Bluegrass Fourth of July all day on the 4th. The event takes place at the Hanifl Performing Arts Center, runs from 12:30 – 8:30 pm, and costs $10 per band, or $20 for an all-day ticket. There will three bluegrass bands performing on the outdoor stage and you’re encouraged to bring a lawn chair or a blanket. There will be food trucks and beverages, too!

Cedar Lake East Beach

Cooling off at the beach is the perfect way to spend a sweltering Fourth of July, and since Minnesota is known as The Land of 10,000 Lakes, you won’t have trouble finding beaches near Minneapolis! You can find a full list of beaches managed by the recreation department here, but a great one to go to is Cedar Lake East Beach. This lovely, sandy spot is popular for both swimming and other recreational activities like fishing.

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