Fireworks shows and Fourth of July celebrations are back this year in some communities after being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But there are still dozens of Independence Day weekend fireworks shows planned throughout Minnesota in the coming days. Here are some of them:
Freedom Days is back with a parade on July 4, a pre-fireworks party at 6 p.m. at Johnny Cake Ridge Park East, and fireworks at 10 p.m.
The Annandale Area Chamber of Commerce's annual fireworks show is at 10 p.m. on July 4 at the Annandale Municipal Park.
The Baudette-Lake of the Woods Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Stars, Stripes and Northern Nights even all day on Sunday, July 4, starting with breakfast at 8 a.m. The event includes a parade, 5K, a flag ceremony, bingo, food, vendors, kids activities, and a bunch of other events.
The day of fun ends with "Northern Minnesota's Most Spectacular Fireworks Display" at 10:15 p.m. over Baudette Bay, with the best spot to view the show at Willie Walleye Park.
At dusk on July 4, fireworks will shoot off over Lake Bemidji as part of the Bemidji Jaycees' Red, White and Boom Firework Spectacular.
The fireworks display is part of the 77th annual Bemidji Jaycees Water Carnival, which runs July 1-5.
Bloomington's Summer Fete returns for 2021 with fireworks at dusk on July 3 at Normandale Lake Park (West 84th Street and Normandale Boulevard).
There will be food vendors, live music and other entertainment at the annual event, which starts at 6 p.m. on July 3. However, it won't include the kids' carnival due to COVID-19 and many kids still not being vaccinated, the city says.
The Cannon Valley Fair begins July 1 and runs through July 4, with fireworks at dusk on Independence Day. The fair is at 800 N 9th St. in Cannon Falls.
The City of Chanhassen's annual 4th of July Celebration is a go this year, with events, live music, contests, a classic car show, a street dance and other activities held at City Center Park and Lake Ann Park from July 2-4.
The weekend of fun ends at 10 p.m. with the fireworks display at Lake Ann Park.
Crosslake's 51st annual Celebrate America fireworks show will light up the sky starting at 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, with patriotic music simulcast to the fireworks, which are launched from Sand Island on the south end of Cross Lake.
Delano's popular Fourth of July Celebration is called Minnesota's oldest and largest, with a 27-minute fireworks show capping off the city's Independence Day celebration.
The fireworks are best seen from the dike near Central Park. The show starts at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 4.
Fourth Fest at Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park culminates with a fireworks display that's called the state's largest. The display will be fully synchronized to a musical program broadcast on the radio.
Gates at the park open at 4 p.m., with entertainment starting at 5 p.m. The fireworks start at 10:10 p.m.
The city's 4th of July Hometown Celebration features food, live music and fireworks from 5-10 p.m. at Round Lake Park (16691 Valley View Road) in Eden Prairie. The fireworks will be set off at 10 p.m.
Ely's July 4 celebration includes a parade at 1 p.m. followed by fireworks at 10 p.m. at Miners Lake on Sunday, July 4.
The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce's annual Fourth of July festivities return to the shores of Lake Minnetonka this summer, featuring a full day of events followed by fireworks over the lake at dusk (9:45-10 p.m.)
The city's multi-day Fourth of July celebration kicks off Thursday, July 1, and ends Sunday, July 4, with fireworks at 10 p.m.
Most events are being held at the American Legion or Lakeside Memorial Park.
Rochester's 4th Fest features music, activities and fireworks at Soldiers Memorial Field Park. The fireworks start at 10 p.m. on July 4.
The St. Paul Saints are celebrating Independence Day with a "Welcome back to Lowertown" block party with fireworks nightly from July 2-4, with the biggest display scheduled for July 4 after the Saints game.
On Saturday, July 3, Treasure Island Resort and Casino, will host its annual Island Block Party, complete with the "largest fireworks display around," as well as live music and other entertainment.
The event is free, with the gates opening at 5 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.
Woodbury's Hometown Celebration starts at 7 p.m. and will feature food trucks, with fireworks at 10 p.m. at HealthEast Sports Center.