If you are like me, one of the few people in Minnesota who doesn’t have a “cabin up north,” you may be wondering how to spend Independence Day. Here is a rundown of some festive, fun and fancy ways to spend your fourth of July!

White Bear Lake
Memorial Beach at White Bear Lake is a great place to watch fireworks, have a little picnic and listen to orchestra music. They even play during the fireworks.  We’re renting a pontoon from Tally’s during the day, then having a bbq with friends before watching fireworks.

Downtown Minneapolis—The Minneapolis Riverfront District 4th of July Celebration begins on the 3rd with a family 5K run then music and a movie on water power park open to the public. On the 4th in the morning there will be a half marathon race. Music begins at 4 p.m. and fireworks are at 10 p.m. For the fourth, you could grab a table at Vic’s, Pracna or Tugg’s at Saint Anthony Main around 7 p.m. Vic’s has wholesale bottles of wine. Perfect! Then, move off the patio to Father Hennepin Park or the brick road on Main Street for the fireworks show on the river.

Harriet Island, St. PaulThe Taste of Minnesota is a perfect way to spend the day (and night). Enjoy all kinds of food, live music and fun before night falls and the fabulous fireworks show takes over the downtown St. Paul skyline. Beautiful!

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Enjoy! Happy Independence Day!