Happy Fourth of July weekend! It should be beautiful out! Any fun plans? We are heading up north to go camping and spend time with family! Hosting out of town friends and family, or just planning on a nice stay-cation? If you’re sticking around, we’ve got you covered with our Independence Day Weekend Guide. Go on, be a tourist!
Visit Saint Paul
Haha, but seriously, there are plenty of places to go sight-seeing in St. Paul! The video captures it all. Be sure to check out this special St. Paul 4th of July itinerary. See Adele perform at the Xcel Center on July 5th-6th.
For the Kids
It’s a three-day holiday weekend, so why not spend a full day at Valley Fair or the Minnesota Zoo? At Valley Fair you can celebrate the 4th with a BBQ and fireworks. At the Minnesota Zoo, you can even spend the night under the stars, camping with the Okee Dokee Brothers on Saturday night.
Or explore Como Park Zoo and Conservatory–be sure to take a carousel ride!
For the Museum Lover
Don’t miss Fort Snelling. This historic site is run by the Minnesota Historical Society that curates excellent museums all over Minnesota. Plus, it’s kid-friendly! This Sunday, Fort Snelling is hosting a 1940s Murder Mystery Walking Tour at 9-11am.
Visit The Walker Art Center for free first saturdays! Also, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: sky-line mini-golf at The Walker. One round also gets you free admission any day. Perfect for out-of-town guests!
For the Food Lover
Obviously, Monday is for grilling. But what about the other two days? Treat your out of town guests to a Juicy Lucy (or two!) While many restaurants around the cities serve them, we recommend The Nook, Matt’s Bar, Blue Door Pub, and the 5-8 Club.
If your guests love brunch, try to score a spot by the river at Psycho Suzis, and treat yoself to the bloody mary bar. (Or visit anytime for the Tiki drinks!)
Take A Stroll
St. Anthony Main is a perfect spot to stroll (or bike), people watch, dine along the riverfront and catch breathtaking views of the Minneapolis skyline. As you make your way along the Stone Arch Bridge, look closely–you will see several plaques describing the history of the bridge and Minneapolis. Hang out on Nicollet Island Park on Sunday night for a live concert and to watch Field of Dreams.
Uptown Girl/s and Guys
Make a day of hanging around Uptown! Suggested itinerary: brunch at French Meadow or doughnuts at Bogarts, shop along Hennepin Ave, then head over to Lake Calhoun to kayak or lay on the beach. Eat a fish taco at The Tin Fish, then ride the old-fashioned Como-Harriet Trolly! Take in a concert at the Lake Harriet bandshell. Head back to Hennepin Avenue to finish your outing with dinner and drinks on the rooftop of Stella’s Fish Cafe.
Celebrate America’s Independence!
Minneapolis will be hosting their annual Red, White and Boom! This event starts out with a 5K race in the morning along St. Anthony Main, a Minnesota Orchestra concert at Boom Island Park, and a spectacular fireworks display over the river! Check this map for the best places to watch the fireworks.
In Saint Paul, go to a Saints game against the Joplin Blasters on the 4th, and stay for the fireworks show!
Plus, check out our Independence Day post from last year for more ideas!
Most of the road construction around the cities will cease for the weekend, but there might be slow zones. Be sure to check the traffic reports if you are heading out of town!