4th of July Weekend in the Twin Cities


Staying in town for the 4th? We’ve got ideas to fill every day of the long weekend, in between stoking the coals on your barbecue of course.

Saturday, July 1st
Bars, Bootleggers & Booze Bus Tour
Meet some of the newest distillers in the Twin Cities and learn about Minnesota’s complicated relationship with booze. Stops include 11 Wells distillery, the restored Commodore Bar & Restaurant and Du Nord Cocktail Room. Best part? Samples are included. Learn more.

Wanderlust 108
A mindful movement on Harriet Island, partake in a triathlon unlike any you’ve ever known. Three intentional activities include: a 5K run, an outdoor yoga flow class, and a guided meditation. Following the triathlon, you can take one scheduled activity, such as acroyoga, AIReal Yoga™, hooping, or walking meditation. Open to adults and kids. Learn more.

Sunday, July 2nd
Theater in the Park
Take a more cultural spin on your weekend and enjoy theater while in the park, The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare. 7pm, Centennial Lakes Park. Learn more.

Monday, July 3rd
Fireworks Spectacular at Canterbury Park
Why limit fireworks to one night? Enjoy a fireworks display coordinated to music at dusk the day before the 4th. Listen to live music by Maiden Dixie and the best fireworks display around following 4:00 PM racing. Learn more.

Tuesday, July 4th
Historic Independence Day Celebration
Celebrate the United States’ birthday at Historic Fort Snelling. Imagine you are back in the 1800s while hearing cannon and musket salutes, watching a military dress parade, and listening to fife and drum music and attend a mock battle. Learn more.

Fireworks River Cruise
Spend 1.5-hours on a Riverboat sightseeing cruise on the Mississippi River and dock for viewing of fireworks. Boat leaves Harriet Island, Wabasha Street and Fillmore Avenue, at 8:30 p.m. Learn more.

Pick a Day
Game Bar
Kick-off the weekend with some good old fashioned fun at one of the new game bars in the Twin Cities. Think eating Hegge’s pizza while playing Pac-man. Mpls St Paul Magazine put together this great list of the newest around the cities.

Buy Paint and Siding

According to Consumer Reports, July is the best time of the year to buy paint and siding for sale prices. Why not tackle some home improvement and enjoy the empty stores? We personally like Hirschfield’s, with multiple Minnesota locations.

Movie Day at Home
Curl up in the comforts of home and do a marathon of classics in celebration of the 4th of July. The Patriot, Independence Day, Armageddon… 2 days may even be a better idea.

Whatever your plans, enjoy and be safe!

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