This year the 4th falls on a Monday so many folks are taking a long weekend including taking Friday the 1st off. As with other summer holidays a large amount of people will be packing their cars, campers and tents and heading north to celebrate the holiday, take in some nature and be out on the lakes. Unfortunately, if the state shuts down because of the budget impasse many or most of the state parks will be closed as well as the state tourism office so do check before you head out if the shutdown does occur.
Another thing to keep in mind, especially if it is your first 4th of July in Minnesota are the fireworks restrictions. The state does not allow most kinds of fireworks for private use – more just different types of sparklers. State laws ban fireworks that explode or fly in the air such as firecrackers, Roman candles, any type of rocket and the like. Now if you live in the Twin Cities you can take a short drive over to Wisconsin and purchase just about any type of fireworks you want but they are still illegal in Minnesota. There are legal penalties for using these and if any accident should occur your insurance may not pay, so keep that in mind.
Don’t worry, rather than having your own fireworks show you can sit back and enjoy the numerous fireworks that are put on by just about every community at dusk. These events are also free. For a list of fireworks displays click here.
Minneapolis is having a Red, White and Boom Celebration July 3rd – 4th. This celebration includes live music on 4 stages, a movie, a 5k run and half marathon and, of course, a fireworks finally at 10 pm on the 4th.
If you are up north, you can take in the Pequot Lakes Stars and Stripes Days. This is 2 days of carnival like atmosphere starting on July 3rd complete with a carnival, flea market, pancake breakfast, parades, races, food, music and fireworks.
The weather is looking good so get out and take in some of the festivities in a community near you!
Happy 4th of July!