Skip to main content

Fourth of July fireworks cancelled again in downtown Minneapolis

It'll be the second year in a row without "Red, White and Boom!"

Though there's some light at the end of the tunnel with the COVID-19 pandemic, things won't be quite back to normal in Minneapolis this summer — at least not by the Fourth of July. 

For the second year in a row, city officials have made the decision to cancel the annual "Red, White and Boom!" event, meaning no fireworks along the riverfront this Independence Day.

The extravaganza normally also includes a half marathon, live music, vendors, family activities and more.

With the cancellation, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) is "planning a series of Fourth of July events at neighborhood parks and regional parks around the city," according to the Red, White & Boom! homepage. 

You might be wondering: why can't the event go forward in light of the fact that COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted on outdoor gatherings

The MPRB addresses the issue on their website, saying, "regrettably there simply is not enough time to create the Red, White and Boom! experience that people have come to know and love.

"It takes at least six months of planning to safely and comfortably host 75,000 people along the riverfront for this signature event – but the Fourth of July is just eight weeks away."

Nonetheless, MPRB promises that "Red, White and Boom! will return to the Mississippi riverfront on July 4, 2022."

You're unlikely to miss out on fireworks completely, however. If last year is any indication, alternative shows will be available across Minnesota on July 4. 

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-01-21 at 8.42.40 AM

Man shot while driving on I-394 in St. Louis Park

The driver and his bullet-riddled SUV wound up outside the DoubleTree hotel in St. Louis Park.

Mall of America

Mall of America to celebrate 30 years with events, giveaways throughout 2022

The festivities will kick off Friday with a '90s-themed drag show.

Screen Shot 2022-01-21 at 7.29.00 AM

Victim of 1994 Michigan cold case murder ID'd as missing Minnesotan

Shelley Rae Kephart went missing from Hennepin County more than 28 years ago.

Mike Zimmer

Coller: Did the Vikings wait too long to fire Zimmer, Spielman?

This wasn’t just ugly. This was ugly, ugly.

walz flanagan lorie shaull flickr

Gov. proposes 'Walz Checks' for most Minnesotans

The governor wants to use $700 million of the state's surplus to fund the payments.

Hutch crash booking photo

Walz, Flanagan call on Hennepin Co. sheriff to resign

"I would say that it is time for him to resign," the Lt. Gov. said.

line 3 enbridge portage lake hubbard county mn tony webster flickr

Months after missing deadline, Enbridge says Line 3 aquifer breach is fixed

The company told Bring Me The News it "successfully stopped the flow of groundwater" at the site.

canada bodies found

Baby, teenager among 4 found dead along MN, Canada border

Authorities believe all four froze to death.

unsplash roller rink skates CROP

Former roller rink, tennis courts will become new sports hub

The Wooddale Fun Zone has been closed since spring of 2020.

hibachi daruma

Popular hibachi food truck opens second Twin Cities restaurant

The much-anticipated Daruma opens for takeout Thursday evening.

20211128_Vikings_49ers_REG12_0144 (1)

What changes are coming to the Vikings' offensive line?

Once again, Minnesota has work to do to figure out its interior spots

Kris Ehresmann

One of Minnesota's key COVID-19 leaders is retiring

Kris Ehresmann has given more than 30 years of her life to public health in Minnesota.



Another Minnesota city cancels 4th of July fireworks

Minneapolis recently cancelled its annual show (again).


Where you can watch fireworks in Minnesota this Fourth of July

Some shows have been canceled, but there are still many places shooting off fireworks to celebrate Independence Day.

The Ferris wheel at the 2019 Lake Minnetonka Fourth of July Celebration in Excelsior.

Lake Minnetonka Fourth of July fireworks are canceled

The fireworks show in Excelsior has been held every year since 1888.


St. Paul will not put on fireworks display this year, citing budget concerns

Minneapolis and Stillwater have also canceled their displays this year due to logistical challenges.

What's open and what's closed in Minnesota on Fourth of July?

Government services are closed, but stores should mostly be open.