The Fourth of July falls on a Saturday this year. Here's a guide to Fourth of July events and safety tips to help you plan.

Fourth of July Events

Many events normally scheduled throughout the state to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence have been canceled this year due to COVID-19. Click the dropdown below to see whether events are scheduled in honor of the day in your area:

Apple Valley - Freedom Days: The annual festival has been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

Aquila Park, St. Louis Park: This year, the fireworks celebration has been postponed to Sept. 6 as part of Labor Day weekend.

Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth - FourthFest 2020: This event has been postponed until Labor Day.

Bay Lake, Deerwood - 2020 Fireworks Spectacular: The fireworks show at dusk marks the 50th anniversary of the Bay Lake Improvement Association and can be viewed from the shores of Bay Lake.

Big Lake's Lakeside Park - Freedom Festival: Although scheduled events have been canceled due to COVID-19, the fireworks display will take place July 2 at 10 p.m. Officials are asking residents to watch the fireworks from locations outside the park.

Blaine - Fireworks Display: Fireworks in Blaine have been postponed this year due to COVID-19. A future date has not yet been set.

Canterbury Park, Shakopee - Fireworks Spectacular: This event has not been scheduled for this year.

Castle Field, Anoka - Annual 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks: This event has been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

Chanhassen - Fireworks: City officials are asking Chanhassen residents to enjoy the fireworks from home or via a live video of the fireworks display, which will be available on the city's Facebook page.

CHS Field, St. Paul - Friday Night Films and Fireworks: On July 3, the Saints will air the movie, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," followed by a red, white and blue celebration of fireworks to light up the sky. The gates of the field will open at 7 p.m. and the movie will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person.

Coon Rapids - 4th of July Celebration: This event has been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

Crosslake - 2020 Celebrate America: There will be fireworks at dusk over Sand Island, community events throughout the day including music, a flee market and a book sale.

Eagan - FunFest: This event has been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

Eden Prairie - 4th of July Hometown Celebration: The winner of the "Chalk Your Walk" contest as part of the city's first "4th of July Hometown Celebration" will receive a pizza party on July 3.

Edina - 4th of July Parade: Although the event has been canceled this year due to COVID-19, residents can still watch the parade on Comcast channel 15 and 16 at 10 a.m. as well as on the city's YouTube channel.

Lake Minnetonka, Excelsior - Lake Minnetonka 4th of July Celebration: This event has been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

Lakeville - Pan-O-Prog: There will be an aerial show only starting at 10 p.m. on July 4 from King Park. The city is asking that people stay at home and watch from a distance.

Minneapolis - Red, White and Boom: Fireworks along the Minneapolis Riverfront have been canceled this year due to COVID-19. The Red, White and Boom 5K and half marathon races are virtual this year.

Northfield - Fireworks Display: Northfield's fireworks have been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

North Hazelwood Park, Maplewood - Light it Up Maplewood: This event has been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

Richfield - Red, White and Blue Days: This event has been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

Roseville - Fourth of July Celebration: A virtual parade will be held this year.

Shakopee - Happy Birthday America Parade: The annual parade will kick off at 11 a.m. around a new route. Social distancing will be required, and Parks and Recreation staff will hand out necklaces and candy. Residents are encouraged to bring decorated bikes and wagons, and can cool off afterward with an ice pop.

Sioux Falls - Saints v. Canaries Fireworks Super Show: The St. Paul Saints have temporarily relocated to Sioux Falls to play and the July 3 game agains the Canaries features fireworks. The event begins at 7:05 p.m. and starts at $11 per person.

St. Cloud - Salute to July 4: A daytime aircraft flyover salute will take place over the St. Cloud area July 4 and a fireworks salute will take place from an alternate location. There will also be an online "best of" St. Cloud fireworks show.

St. Croix River, Stillwater: This event has been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

St. Paul - Tangletown Fourth of July Picnic and Parade:Participate at home by decorating your sidewalk, completing a neighborhood scavenger hunt, register your decorations for others to enjoy. July 4, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Valleyfair, Shakopee - July 4th BBQ: This event has been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

Woodbury - Fireworks Display: This event has been canceled this year due to COVID-19.


Firework Safety

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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