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Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks in 2021

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

Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks in 2021

By Caitlin Hannah

There's more to celebrate this summer than ever before, and Independence Day is a favorite festivity for many. As the anticipated long weekend and "out of office" replies loom, you can hit the road to revel in the holiday and catch a fireworks display along the way.

Here are a multitude of cities throughout the state that are planning Independence Day firework celebrations in 2021.

Albert Lea

Ring in the holiday with fireworks at Fountain Lake on July 4 at dusk.

Alexandria

The Star Storm Fireworks display will take place July 4 at dusk at Arrowwood Resort and can be seen from multiple lakes. 

Apple Valley

Freedom Days fireworks display will take place July 4 at 10 p.m. at Johnny Cake Ridge Park East.

Austin

Find food trucks, bingo, live music, a beer garden and more at Austin's Freedom Fest. Fireworks will take place July 4 at dusk in Bandshell Park.

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 at 10:15 p.m. 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.  

Bloomington

Celebrate Independence Day at Bloomington's Summer Fete at Normandale Lake Park on July 3. Fireworks will be on display at dusk over the Hyland Lake Ski Jump.

Cannon Falls

The Cannon Valley Fair is a hometown favorite with a fun-filled midway, grandstand demolition derbies and more. See the fireworks display July 4 at dusk.

Chanhassen

Events will be held at City Center Park in downtown Chanhassen and Lake Ann Park. Join us July 2-4 for the annual carnival, food and beverages, kids' activities, parade, street dance and more. Fireworks will be on display July 4 at dusk

Coon Rapids

Celebrate Independence Day with a two-day celebration July 3 – 4 with fireworks on July 4 at dusk on the grounds of the Coon Rapids Ice Center and some seating is available on the grounds of Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

Crosby

Catch fireworks over Serpent Lake on July 4 at dusk.

Crosslake

Starting July 3 at 10 p.m., you can attend the 51st 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 101.5 FM shortly before dusk to enjoy this year's show choreographed to music.

Delano

The popular Delano Fourth of July celebration is dubbed Minnesota's oldest and largest Independence Day celebration. You can find your favorite deep-fried fair foods, a parade, carnival games and rides and more. Fireworks will light up the sky on July 4 at 10:30 p.m. at Central Park.

Duluth

Fourth Fest in Bayfront Festival Park will take place on July 4 with a fireworks display fully synchronized to music on the radio at 10:10 p.m.

Eagan

Catch fireworks during Funfest on July 4 at dusk. The celebration takes place at Central Park.

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.

Excelsior

Celebrate Independence Day and enjoy the only public fireworks display over Lake Minnetonka. Explore downtown Excelsior and support local businesses or join the kids parade at 11 a.m. Find a spot in Commons Park or near the water to see the fireworks at dusk on july 4.  

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.

Eveleth

Catch the "Thunder Over Eveleth" fireworks display on July 3 at 10:15 p.m.

July 4 fireworks

Celebrate Independence Day at a fireworks display

Forest Lake

Find your favorite carnival games, rides and foods at the weekend celebration in Lakeside Memorial Park. Fireworks will be on display July 4 at 10 p.m.

Harmony

Join Harmony's 125th anniversary celebration July 2-4 with a vendor fair, live music, family activities and more throughout town. A fireworks display is scheduled for July 4 at dusk in North Park.  

Ham Lake

On July 3, the Freedom Festival has bingo, live music, food and drink vendors in Ham Lake Lions Park. The night is capped off with a dazzling fireworks display at dusk.

Grand Marais

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

Grand Rapids

Fireworks will take place on July 4 at dusk; shuttles will be running from Essentia Health to Pokegama Golf Course. Food and beverages will be available at nearby Pokegama Grill. Bring your own blanket and chairs.

Lakeville

Enjoy this year's fireworks display from your home or car at dusk on July 4. There will be no on-site viewing or parking available at King Park.

Lake City

Catch the fireworks at dusk near the marina on July 4.

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.

Fireworks display over Stillwater

July 4 fireworks in Stillwater / Steve Schneider

Mankato

Enjoy fireworks in Riverfront Park at 10 p.m. synced to music from Radio Mankato stations: Hot 96.7, Minnesota 93 and 94.1 KXLP Classic Rock.

McGregor

Watch fireworks light up the sky over Big Sandy Lake between Goffs and Webster's Bay on July 4. Tune your radio to KKIN 94.3 FM for a live simulcast from Floe Island.

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

See the fireworks display in Orr Bay on Pelican Lake on July 3 at dusk. The show can be enjoyed in your boat, car or backyard. 

Owatonna

The annual Patriot Skies fireworks display will be held July 4 at 10 p.m. at the Steele County Fairgrounds.   

Park Rapids

The Park Rapids Rotary Club's fireworks display is sure to brighten up your Independence Day this year. Tune in to KDKK 97.5 FM and Hot Country 92.5 FM to enjoy the choregraphed show with music on both stations. The "pre-game" starts at 9 p.m. July 4 with fireworks at dusk.

Pequot Lakes

The Stars and Stripes Days fireworks display will be held July 3 at 10:10 p.m. at Pequot Lakes High School practice field. Some of the best viewing locations are Trailside Parks, Pequot Lakes School and TDS parking lot.  

Perham

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

Prinsburg

Join the community celebration on July 3 with a bean bag tournament, community dinner and pedal tractor pull followed by fireworks at dusk.

Princeton

Celebrate with bingo, live music and other family fun at the Patriotic Stampede on July 4 at Mille Lacs County Fairgrounds. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. 

July 4 fireworks over Green Lake in Spicer

Watch the July 4 fireworks over Green Lake in Spicer

Red Wing

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

Rochester

The 2021 4th Fest will be held in Soldiers Memorial Field Park on July 4 at 10 p.m. This free event features live music that celebrates the diverse community.

St. Cloud

The St. Cloud Area Fireworks will be one of the largest pyrotechnics displays in central Minnesota on July 4 with viewing locations in Hester Park, Wilson Park and along the Mississippi River.  

St. Louis Park

Find concessions, vendors and live performances in Aquila Park, plus fireworks at 10 p.m. on July 4. 

St. Paul

Cheer for the Saint Paul Saints at CHS Field in Lowertown St. Paul, where there will be fireworks following every game July 2-4. The weekend wraps up in big way with a SPIREworks Supershow after Sunday night's game.

Tofte

In Cook County, celebrate the holiday with live music and fireworks at dusk on July 4.

Two Harbors

Enjoy fireworks at 10 p.m. on July 4.

Wabasha

Celebrate the holiday with fireworks July 4 at dusk.

Warroad

Celebrate Warroad's 120th anniversary with food trucks, lumberjack shows, a boat parade and local beers from Lake of the Woods Brewing Company. Fireworks will light up the sky on July 4 at dusk.

White Bear Lake

Join the celebration on July 4 to celebrate America's birthday. Find concessions, live music, and more in West Park and Memorial Beach. Fireworks will be on display at dusk.  

Willmar Lakes Area

Come out to Saulsbury Beach at dusk on July 4 to view the annual fireworks display above Green Lake. Enjoy the show by boat, in your car or sitting on blankets and chairs around the lake.

Woodbury

Celebrate the holiday with inflatable games, concessions and live music from The Thrillbillies, an upbeat country cover band. Fireworks will be on display at 10 p.m. on July 4 at HealthEast Sport Center.  

Worthington

Find summer fun at the Radio Works Beach Bash in Centennial Park on July 3. There will be food and drink, inflatable games and live music from the Chris Hawkey Band, a local favorite, with fireworks at dusk on July 3 and July 4.  

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.