July 4th Funfest: These first two require a bit of a drive, but you might decide it's worth it. Catch the Kids’ Bike Parade on Saturday at 3 p.m. (around the Eagan Rotary Band Shell), or participate in Eagan’s blood drives in the mornings and afternoons all weekend. The Eagan Community Center’s scavenger hunt begins at noon Sunday, and of course, the fireworks begin at 10 p.m. (using higher-altitude shells than normal, which should let you view from farther away to avoid the crowds that usually gather in Central Park).
More information: eaganfunfest.org
Pan-O-Prog: July 4 kicks off Lakeville’s annual “Panorama of Progress” fest (July 4-11), which includes an at-home or in-car fireworks display at dusk. Some highlights from the following week: art and music at local parks Tuesday, July 6; a pet show, tractor pull, massive bingo tournament, and carnival Thursday, July 8; multiple art sales and markets beginning Friday, July 9; and softball, archery and pickleball tourneys Saturday, July 10.
More information: panoprog.org
3. Cannon Falls
Cannon Valley Fair: It’s a classic county fair July 1-4 at 800 N. 9th St., with livestock shows, balloon art, rides, and fair food. Admission to the fair is free July 4, and fireworks begin at dusk Sunday.
More information: cannonvalleyfair.org
4. Treasure Island Resort & Casino
Island Block Party: Live music, food and more — with free entry. The Welch, Minn., casino opens its gates at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 3, with a Rocket Man: Elton John Tribute Show, with limited reserved seating. Fireworks begin at dusk.
More information: ticasino.com
5. Red Wing
Fireworks Spectacular: Red Wing’s been raising money for a huge display Sunday night — and they’ve almost hit the $12,000 goal. The downtown association suggests you view from an area park, atop a bluff, at the marina, or from any downtown vantage point.
More information: downtownredwing.org
Wanamingo’s 4th of July: The festivities begin Friday evening with barbecue and live music at local eateries. Then hit up the Honor Flag ceremony and Firemen’s Dance on Saturday, followed by a full day of outdoor games, festival food, a parade and water fight, and fireworks at dusk on Sunday.
More information: Click here.
7. Lake City
Annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration: Lake City doesn’t appear to have any festivals planned, but will launch fireworks from the marina Sunday night.
More information: exploreminnesota.com
Summer of Laughter: Here’s something different. Oronoco’s Crosswinds Church hosts comedian Taylor Manson at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The outdoor comedy show takes place at 8106 31st Ave. NW, Oronoco. Tickets ($10-$20) are available on the church’s website.
More information: crosswindschurch.com/laughter
4th Fest: Rochester’s Independence Day celebration in Soldiers Field Park, hosted by DJ LaidEe P, features music by Swing Street and Salsa del Soul, a reading by Rochester poet laureate Susan McMillan, and a concert by Chicago tribute band Transit Authority. And yes, fireworks to follow. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and coolers for maximum enjoyment.
More information: rochestermn.gov
10. Blooming Prairie
Old-Fashioned 4th of July: Traditional entertainment like an antique tractor show, hula hooping and stick horse racing, and a street dance Saturday. Car show, pony rides, pickle- and pie-judging contest, parades, and much more Sunday. The fireworks start at 10 p.m. Sunday night.
More information: bloomingprairiechamber.com/4th-of-july
Summerfest events: Area churches gather in Bear Cave Park on Saturday for a free, public lunch, followed by an 18+ dance that evening. On Sunday, return for all-day food vendors, the Arts in the Park festival (market, kids’ activities, face-painting, henna and more), the Summerfest Parade, and fireworks at dusk.
More information: stewartvillechamber.com
Freedomfest: The Chamber’s Independence Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. Sunday. There is a roster of “Freedomfest” events, like a bean bag tournament, ice cream social, music on two stages in Bandshell Park, and fireworks at 10.
More information: facebook.com/FreedomfestAustin
Harmony’s 125th Anniversary Celebration & Fourth of July: Events begin Friday, with area tours, karaoke, and a family movie. Then, catch a car show, vendor fair, toad races (BYOT), kiddie parade, and petting zoo Saturday. Plus, a pancake breakfast, pork chop dinner, grand parade, and fireworks at dusk Sunday. There’s too much else to list here — check out the link below!
(Much) more information: exploreharmony.com