Places to watch fireworks in Minneapolis
1. Stone Arch Bridge: This is the absolute best place to see the skies. Watching fireworks on the Stone Arch Bridge is like watching history, as the bridge is a link to the rich past of Minneapolis. You’ll be right above the Mississippi River and right below the action. Get here early though, it fills up quick!
Make it a day downtown and plan pre-firework activities!
2. Gold Medal Park: One of the most underrated spots in downtown Minneapolis, Gold Medal Park offers a more traditional viewing experience. Throw a blanket on the grass, toss a ball around and gaze up at the fireworks while you lie down and relax.
3. Mill City Museum: Watching fireworks from the Mill City Museum Observation Deck is as close to a VIP setting as you’ll get. Only 50 people get access, and you have to pay ($35), but the view is absolutely worth the cost. As an added bonus, you get admission into the museum beforehand.
4. Guthrie Endless Bridge: A more unconventional place to watch fireworks, true, but it has that same VIP feel that the Mill City Museum Observation Deck has. You’ll be off the ground and closer to the action, and you’ll have a completely unobstructed view of the fireworks.
5. Restaurant Rooftops: A lot of people don’t generally think of restaurants as prime places to watch fireworks, but we say, “Why not?!” You’re up in the air, you’ll have a great view AND there are people that will serve you food and drinks. Check out more about Minneapolis’ best outdoor dining locations and different brews and bites to try before and after the fireworks show!
6. Lake Calhoun: Parks are great, and buildings are very cool places to get closer to the fireworks. But, if you want the most authentic 4th of July “I LOVE AMERICA” experience, Lake Calhoun is where you want to be. Grill out, play some volleyball, kayak/paddle on the lake and chill on the beach while you get a great view of the downtown fireworks. Make a night of it! Hang out in Uptown before and after the fireworks show for more entertainment and cuisine.
*Dogs allowed everywhere but the beaches
7. Nicollet Island : Located between Downtown and Northeast Minneapolis, Nicollet Island is the perfect green space to unfold a blanket and lie back on the grass to watch fireworks. A beautiful garden, picnic area, and walking path make this a great place to spend the day relaxing before the night’s celebrations. Situated right under the Hennepin Avenue Bridge, restaurants are abundant on both sides of the river. Grab a bite to eat in Northeast for dinner and head over to Downtown for drinks after! Nicollet Island is the perfect spot to experience the right dose of relaxation and celebration this holiday!
8. Hennepin Avenue Bridge : With the Mississippi rolling through Minneapolis, bridges are a necessity here, and sometimes they are useful for more than just crossing! The Hennepin Avenue Bridge is a perfect location to snag a phenomenal view of the fireworks display. Just like Nicollet Island, situated just under the bridge, this is a great spot to conveniently hit up various Minneapolis hot spots both before and after the show. Whether you go to Northeast, the North Loop and Warehouse Disctrict or Downtown, there is a place for you at either end of this bridge. Take the Light Rail downtown or park nearby and walk to the bridge for an easy and favorable Fourth of July
Places to watch fireworks in St. Paul