I started posing the question to as many people as I could: What is the BEST place to watch Twin Cities fireworks on the 4th of July?
Almost like finding that special fishing spot, I found that people are very hesitant to give up their secret locations. Once word gets out, the crowds may start to show up.
The other reaction I received was “My living room, on the big screen TV”. These people clearly do not have kids at home.
On the other hand, there are some amazing places around the Twin Cities to celebrate the 4th of July. So, I started putting together a list. But, it’s certainly not complete! Feel free to add other great locations in the comments field below.
Here’s my list (so far):
White Bear Lake
These fireworks are fired from platforms on the north side of the lake. There is plenty of parking, and the crowds aren’t too bad. If you sit in just the right spot, you can also catch fireworks from Mahtomedi and Stillwater.
The fireworks begin at 10 pm. More info can be found here.
Minneapolis – Stone Arch Bridge
I had a number of people recommend this location. The day’s “Red, White and Boom” festivities feature a morning foot race, evening music and family events around the river. The fireworks kick off at 10pm.
One person commented that it does get pretty crowded, but there is plenty of parking in downtown (and light rail gets you pretty close)
Roseville’s festivities go all day long. With concerts in Central Park, kids games, carnival activities and more. The fireworks go off over Bennett Lake at 10:00pm.
Eagan makes a party of the whole day as they throw their 47th annual “4th of July Fun Fest”. Carnivals, concerts, games. The day kicks off at 10 am with a parade, and concludes at 10 pm with fireworks.
Excelsior / Lake Minnetonka
This one also came recommended many times. The day includes a kids fishing contest, an air show, great viewing opportunities from the water and an amazing fireworks display.
While there aren’t the day long festivities that many other towns put on, Stillwater seems to be a festive place to be ANY weekend. The natural “amphitheater” shape of downtown gives many great locations to view the fireworks from the surrounding bluffs. Lowell Park is a great place to lay out a family blanket.
Boaters will enjoy the view from the St. Croix.
Pioneer Park, on the North Hill, is a great place to watch, and will include an evening concert while you get your family settled.
Do you have any other places you’d recommend? Feel free to share them in the comments below!