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

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

Happy 4th of July to everybody out there!

Here's a look at what's open and closed on Independence Day this year.

Buses and trains

Metro Transit buses and light rail trains in the Twin Cities will run on the Sunday/Holiday schedule (so less frequently, generally).

Northstar service won't be running. Duluth buses are operating a holiday service, while Minnesota Valley Transit Authority buses are on weekend schedules.

Libraries

Closed. That includes the major networks such as Hennepin County,  Ramsey County, Dakota County, the Duluth Public Library, St. Paul Public Library, and the Rochester Public Library.

Government services

July 4 is a federal and state-mandated holiday, so government offices or services are pretty much all closed. This will affect things like garbage and recycling pick-up, which will be delayed for a day if Wednesday is your usual pickup day.

Parking

On-street parking meters are free in Minneapolis today, though some spaces operated by Minneapolis Parks and Recreation and the University of Minnesota may not be – so be sure to check the meter if you're in one of their areas.

On-street parking meters are also free in St. Paul.

Big Box stores

Generally the best policy with this is to look up your specific store and check the hours. But for the most part:

For grocery stores – check your local store's hours, but here are a few to be aware of.

Banks

Almost all will be closed, though some TCF branches in Cub Foods stores and U.S. Banks in Lunds & Byerly's stores might be open for a few hours. Check your local branch.

Post Office

Closed, while UPS and FedEx are also taking today off.

Malls and shopping

Depends, so here's a list of some big ones. But remember, individual stores within the malls can set their own hours.

Mall of America: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Rosedale Center: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Southdale Center: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Ridgedale Center: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Eden Prairie Mall: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Twin Cities Premium Outlets (Eagan): 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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