Flooding has changed some plans for Fourth of July celebrations throughout the state, but the show will go on.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announced Monday that St. Paul's annual fireworks display will continue, despite Harriet Island being flooded causing A Taste of Minnesota to move to the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia.
“Fireworks have long been a part of our Independence Day celebration, and despite the flooding, I am excited that this important tradition will continue,” said Mayor Coleman said in a news release. “We want to thank Visit Saint Paul, the Minnesota Wild, and Wells Fargo for sponsoring this event on such short notice. I encourage families to pack a blanket, take light rail or bus to the Capitol Mall and enjoy an incredible display of fireworks.”
The show will light up the sky from the State Capitol Mall on Friday at 10 p.m.
Flooding has forced other cities to move or alter their Fourth of July plans. The city of Delano, which saw a lot of flooding the past few weeks, posted on its July 4th website saying, "contrary to popular rumor, Delano has not floated away" and the show will go on, just with slight changes in location.
Best places to watch fireworks
Nearly every city across the Land of 10,000 Lakes has a fireworks show for the Fourth of July, so it can be hard to choose which one to watch. Based on a little Internet research, here are some of the best:
Minneapolis Red, White and Boom
The website Twin Cities Fireworks says Minneapolis' Red, White and Boom (pictured) is one of the state's largest and highest-budget fireworks shows. In addition to a long-lasting show, there's also family activities, live entertainment and the annual "Hot Dam" 5K and half marathon. The fireworks show starts around 10 p.m. on Friday.
Yelp, a popular consumer review website, has a list of the best places to watch fireworks in Minneapolis.
Duluth Fourth Fest
Duluth Fourth Fest has dubbed its "fireworks extravaganza" the largest in the state. Twin Cities Fireworks and MPR News have both credited the city with having a noteworthy aerial display. The fireworks show is fully synchronized to music, which is broadcast on NU92 FM (92.1). The show starts at 10:10 p.m. on July 4.
Delano Fourth of July Celebration
Several media outlets have said Delano, which claims to have the oldest and largest Fourth of July celebration, is the place to go for fireworks. WCCO calls the 30-minute closing fireworks show "one of the best in the state." It's the 158th year for Delano's celebration, the fireworks will go off at 10:30 p.m. on July 5.
Brainerd Lakes Area 4th of July American Celebration
Brainerd, a popular Fourth of July destination for many metro-area Minnesotans, also has one of the best fireworks shows, MPR News notes. The Brainerd Lakes Area 4th of July American Celebration says it has "world class" fireworks, they'll go off at 10:15 p.m.
Located near Rochester, Stewartville's SummerFest is said to have one of the best fireworks displays in Minnesota. The city of 8,000 attracts people from the Twin Cities and Rochester for its fireworks show over the Root River – and there are hardly any mosquitoes because of the large bat population near the river, MPR News says. The fireworks will start shooting in the air at dusk on July 4.
Globe University also has a list of a few of the best cities in the metro area to watch fireworks – and where to sit to get the most out of the show. The Pioneer Press and WCCO have compiled a list of places to watch fireworks from around the state. WCCO also has a list of best Fourth of July parties in Minnesota.
Reminder to those planning to light off their own fireworks: aerial and exploding fireworks are illegal in Minnesota, and law enforcement officials will be on the lookout this holiday weekend, the Fergus Falls Journal reports.
The Minnesota Medical Association is also asking people to stay safe this year and leave the fireworks to the professionals, Sun this Week reports.