Fourth of July Activities in Minnesota | Fireworks, Grilling, and Lakes

Fourth of July is an exciting time in Minnesota – hitting the lake, having a cookout, and watching fireworks! Here is a list of a few fun Fourth of July activities to try out this year in Minnesota.

#1. Grilling, Flag Food, & Patriotic Drinks

Flag Cake Fourth of July

Fire up the grill and have yourself an old fashion barbeque! Throw some burgers on the grill or hotdogs, or if you’re going more vegetarian, try a grilled vegetable recipe. Here’s a recipe for portobello burgers or a top 10 list of amazing traditional burgers. And after all that, you’ll need something sweet to finish it all off, why not finish off with one of these American flag inspired desserts, like the flag cake pictured here.

I also found this delicious recipe to a red, white, and blue sparkling sangria that I highly recommend! In one large picture combined:

4th of July Sangria

  • Sliced Strawberries, blueberries and pineapple (cut into stars to make it more festive!)
  • Two bottle of white wine
  • 1 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/2 berry flavored vodka (I used Raspberry Smirnoff)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup

#2. Fireworks

Minnesota fireworks mississippi river

Or how about watching some fireworks! A great spot is downtown St. Paul on Harriet Island. Fireworks start at 10pm and are an incredible inspiring sights as they boom and bang over the river. Going to be closer to Minneapolis? What a great light show at the Xcel Energy Water Power Park. This firework spectacle also takes full advantage of the Mississippi river. Find more information and great parking spots about both these Minnesota firework shows here!

#3. Minnesota Lakes

Minnesota definiely is not short on lakes to cruise around on! Try out Lake Minnetonka, a very popular lake. Located right outside Minneapolis, the large lake is a great spot to launch the boat or jet ski. Not to mention it is also a great lake to fish. But try to get out there as early as you can, because the lake will fill up, even though it spans over 14,000 acres.

Lake Vermilion Minnesota

Or if you’re headed to northern Minnesota around Duluth, you will really want to hit up Lake Vermilion. This lake is filled with countless bays and hundreds of miles of shoreline. The lake also houses several islands where you can dock the boat and take a little break. I love this lake! It seems to go on forever and always has new bays and inlets to discover.

And if you find yourself even farther north in Baudette, Minnesota, you must check out Lake of the Woods, which is one of the states more scenic lakes. For more infomation on both these lakes, visit CBS Local for all the details

Maybe you’re looking for a smaller lake to hangout at, if so consider Long Lake in New Brighton. The lake is still big enough for many boats and jet ski’s and also has a large sandy beach for the children. I visited this lake a lot as a kid and if you’re in the area, it really worth checking out. It’s located only about 10 minutes north of St. Paul. The DNR has more information about Long Lake on their website.

If you have any other favorite 4th of July activities in Minnesota, or any other state, please let me know I’d love to hear about them!

By Danielle Norgren