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Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks in 2020

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Fireworks above Lake Superior from the Grand Marais shore / David R. Johnson

Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks in 2020

By Caitlin Hannah

Independence Day will be celebrated a little differently this year, but with proper social distancing and safety precautions, attending a fireworks display remains a fun way to celebrate July 4 in Minnesota.

Here are a few spots throughout the state that are still putting on a fireworks show in 2020.

Alexandria

The Star Storm Fireworks display will be held July 4 at 10 p.m. Spectators can watch the show from Lake Darling or the Arrowwood Stables parking lot at Arrowwood Resort

Baudette

Celebrate Independence Day in the “Walleye Capital of the World” with a little fishing and fireworks. Baudette and the Lake of the Woods area will host a fireworks display over Baudette Bay at Willie Walleye Park starting at 10:15 p.m. on July 4. 

Bemidji

The popular Bemidji Jaycees Red, White & Boom Firework Spectacular will light up the skies above Lake Bemidji on July 4 at dusk. Spectators are encouraged to social distance and watch the display at various places around the lake. 

Cambridge

Have a blast in Cambridge as the skies above the Isanti County Fairgrounds illuminate with a fireworks display on July 4 at 9:45 p.m. 

Crosslake

Starting July 4 at 10 p.m., you can attend the 50th anniversary of Crosslake's annual Fourth of July fireworks display. View the fireworks from the shores of Cross Lake or on the water—either way, tune into Skeeter 101.5FM Radio shortly before dusk to enjoy this year's show choreographed to music.

East Grand Forks

This popular annual fireworks display will be held on the south side of Grand Forks, near the Scheels Sports Complex, on July 4, 10:30-11 p.m.

July 4 fireworks

Celebrate Independence Day at a fireworks display

Ely

If you’re celebrating up north this year, check out the fireworks show by Premier Pyrotechnics above Miners Lake on July 4. 

Elysian

The Elysian Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a fireworks display on July 3 at 10 p.m. in Tustin Park. Spectators can enjoy the show from multiple points around town.

Fairmont

Starting at dusk on July 4, come watch one of southern Minnesota's largest fireworks displays over beautiful Sisseton Lake. View the show from either Ward or Slyvania Park.

Faribault

Although the Rice County Fair has been cancelled, the fireworks show will go on! Point your eyes toward the Rice County Fairgrounds on July 4 at dusk to see the show. City officials are encouraging people to view the show throughout the town.

Grand Marais

Celebrate the holiday in Cook County with a fireworks show will be put on display over Grand Marais Harbor on July 4 at 10 p.m. 

Grand Rapids

The skies above Portage Park will light up in celebration of Independence Day on July 4 at 10 p.m. Spectators will be able to enjoy the show from vantage points throughout the city.

Lakeville

Although the viewing area is closed to visitors, fireworks will be launched at King Park on July 4 at 10 p.m. The display will be viewable throughout the city to allow for social distancing and more spectators to enjoy the show.

Fireworks display over Stillwater

July 4 fireworks in Stillwater / Steve Schneider

Luverne

Although an exact location isn’t available, the Luverne fireworks display can be enjoyed throughout town starting July 4 at dusk. Find a spot outside, spread your blanket on the ground and look to the sky to enjoy the show.

Nisswa

Cragun’s Resort and Madden’s Resort will co-host a fireworks display over Gull Lake July 4 at 10 p.m. You can view the show from both resorts, from the deck of Gull Lake Cruises and throughout the lake area. 

Orr

The celebration will continue up north with a fireworks display in Orr Bay on Pelican Lake, July 3 at dusk. The show can be enjoyed in your boat, car or backyard. 

Owatonna

The Early Edition Rotary Fireworks Display - Patriot Skies will be held rain or shine on July 4th at the Steele County Fairgrounds. Spectators will not be allowed in the grandstand but can watch from their vehicles on the surrounding fairgrounds. 

Park Rapids

The Park Rapids Rotary Club’s fireworks display is sure to brighten up your Independence Day this year. The fireworks display will be centered in Heartland Park, but the Rotary asks you to find a nearby spot where you can enjoy the show while maintaining social distancing. The show will kick off July 4 at dusk.

July 4 fireworks over Green Lake in Spicer

Watch the July 4 fireworks over Green Lake in Spicer

Pequot Lakes

The Stars and Stripes Days fireworks display will be held July 3, 10:10 p.m., at Pequot Lakes High School practice field, where spectators can watch from their cars. 

Perham

Celebrate Independence Day in Otter Tail County with a fireworks display at dusk at the East Otter Tail County Fairgrounds on July 4 at 10 p.m.

Red Wing

July 4 at dusk, the Mississippi Alumination crew will commemorate Independence Day with a fireworks show that can be viewed from many different areas of Red Wing.  

St. Paul

Catch a movie under the stars followed by fireworks at CHS Field in Lowertown St. Paul on the evening of July 3. The Saints will kick off their Friday Night Films & Fireworks event with an 8 p.m. showing of "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off" followed by fireworks for the holiday. Tickets are $15, and the open-air ballpark will utilize four distinct and socially distanced areas for fans.

Walker

Fireworks on the Bay in Walker will be on display July 4 at dusk. They will be launched from the city park area, and can be viewed throughout the city. Find a spot in your car, boat or blanket and enjoy the show.  

Willmar Lakes Area

Come out to Saulsbury Beach at dusk on July 4 to view the annual fireworks display above Green Lake. Spectators are encouraged to enjoy the show by boat, cars or in small family gatherings around the lake.

Caitlin Hannah

Caitlin Hannah is Explore Minnesota's social media strategist and resident Disney expert. She grew up spending summer weekends at her family's lake cabin in Detroit Lakes, and brings that "up north" attitude to everything she does. When traveling around the state, she likes trying new restaurants and taprooms, or watching Minnesota hockey.