Minneapolis Red, White, Boom (10:00pm)
This Independence Day watch the fireworks show from some of our favorite viewpoints in the Twin Cities. We’ve taken this opportunity to provide a quick overview of four stellar locations around the city which will give you fantastic views of the celebration. Skip the hassle of parking with crowds and use the Chinook Book app on you phone to save on transportation for the day! Don't forget to pack yourself some tasty treats!
The Minneapolis metro area hosts an annual Independence Day bash called the Red, White, and Boom, which consists of more than an entire day of festivities and events. The fun begins on Monday July 3rd at 7pm as live music and an outdoor movie take over the nearby parks.
Father Hennepin Bluff Park
Independence day kicks off the following morning at 6:30am for a half marathon, and 20 minutes later, a 5K foot race. If you’re not interested in running, the family fun starts at 6pm and goes until the fireworks at 10pm. Live music, outdoor movies, and food trucks. If you're in the Hennepin Park neighborhood during the afternoon, stop by Red Stag Supperclub to pick up a lunch and a couple drinks during happy hour (click here to get one free lunch with the purchase of one of equal or greater value).
On the other side of the Mississippi river, at Mill Ruins Park, take part in the Red, White, and Boom fun, with a smaller crowd. The activities do stretch to Mill Ruins, but you’ll be watching the fireworks at a much different angle. Also when deciding which side you should settle on, don’t forget to account for bridge traffic! On the way to Mill Ruins, stop by the Mill City Farmers Market to pick up some healthy snacks for the evening (click here to get $5 in tokens when you spend $40 or more in market tokens).
If you want to be more up-close and personal with the fireworks but have no interest in all the family fun in the parks, find a nice standing spot on the Stone Arch Bridge or the Hennepin Avenue Bridge. Both bridges give you a head-on view of the fireworks show without the crowds, however Hennepin Ave. is a bit farther away from the launch zone.
Gold Medal Park
Gold Medal Park is yet another fantastic location for watching the fireworks show, and while there is a lot of room for watching, there aren’t as many activities or vendors as Mill Ruins and Hennepin Park. Find your favorite spot on the sloped field and get there early; a viewpoint from the spiral walkway will get taken quickly!
Bring your family and picnic supplies to one of these parks, or anywhere else in the city, by hopping in an HOURCAR. Since you pay for HOURCAR by the hour (and nothing else), you can skip the hassle of parking tickets, gas, and maintenance and use the car purely for transportation (click here to receive $35 in driving credits when you open an account).
No matter where you choose to watch the fireworks this year, we wish you a very happy 4th of July! Enjoy!