Date & Time

Monday, July 4, 2016

6:30 am: Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon, Relay, and 5K Begins
6-10 pm: Live Music and Family Activities
10 pm: Fireworks


Downtown Minneapolis Riverfront


Music, Movie, Family Events and Fireworks
These events are free and open to the public
No registration required

Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon, Relay, and 5K


Celebrate America's Independence Day at Minneapolis Red, White and Boom, a celebration hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The annual event attracts more than 75,000 people to sites along the downtown Minneapolis riverfront, and features live music, great food, fun activities for the whole family, and the grand finale - fireworks!


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The live music, family events, and fireworks are all free and open to the public. No registration is required for these events.

Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon, Relay, and 5K

Monday, July 4
6:30 am

Registration information

Event Information

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Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon, Relay, and 5K

6:30 am

The Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon route travels through scenic Northeast Minneapolis, ending at the beautiful Stone Arch Bridge on Main Street.

Live Music and Family Activities

6-10 pm

Join us in Father Hennepin Bluffs Park for FREE family activities in the Family Fun Zone. Live music will be playing at Mill Ruins Park and Father Hennepin Bluffs Park.

Music Line-Up

Sunday, July 3

Live FREE music and a movie at Nicollet Island.

7–8:30 pm:  Kerns and the Hemispheres
Dusk – Outdoor movie – “Field of Dreams”


Monday, July 4

Father Hennepin Bluff Park
6–7:30 pm:  Matthew Hannah
8–10 pm:  Funktion Junction

Mill Ruins Park
6-7:30 pm: Plaid Brixx
8-10 pm: Dylan Jakobsen

Boom Island
8:30-9:45 pm: Minnesota Orchestra


10 pm

Each year a spectacular fireworks display concludes the Red, White and Boom Celebration. The fireworks display will be shot off from Water Power Park. Find a viewing area.

The Fourth of July Fireworks are funded by private donations from property owners, businesses, retailers, food and beverage establishments, residential communities, loft and condominium associations and property management companies located or doing business in Minneapolis. If you would like to support the fireworks through a donation please fill out the Firework Donation Form [PDF].

For further questions regarding fireworks donation please contact Erica Chua at or 612-230-6479.

Get Involved

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Food Vendor, Donation and Sponsorship Information

Contact Erica Chua at or 612-230-6479

Food Vendor Application [PDF]

Entertainment Vendor Application [PDF]

Food and entertainment vendor applications will be accepted starting the week of February 8 and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Below is the timeline for vendor applications, if you have any questions please contact Erica Chua.

  • February 1 - applications will be sent via email to past vendors
  • February 8 - applications will be accepted
  • March 21 - final week to receive the early bird pricing
  • May 23 - deadline to apply to participate in 2016 Minneapolis Red, White and Boom event

Spectators and Participants

The best way to get involved with the Minneapolis Red, White and Boom festivities is to spread the word and come with your friends and family. Like Minneapolis Red, White, and BOOM on Facebook to stay updated on all the Hot Dam 5K and Red, White and Boom news.

Support the Fireworks

Thank you to our generous community sponsors for their donation to the 2016 Fireworks:

MN Woman’s Club
Padilla CRT
Guthrie Theater
Riverplace Holdings LLC
Vic's Restaurant

Kindee Thai
Mobile Entertainment, LLC
Paradise Charter Cruises
Aster Café
Tugg's Tavern

The Minneapolis Fourth of July Fireworks would not be possible without the contributions from amazing individuals and organizations.

If you would like to contribute funds to increase the length and quality of the Fourth of July Fireworks display, please fill out the Firework Donation Form [PDF]. Checks can be made payable to:

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
Attn: Firework Fund
2117 West River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Questions? Call 612-230-6479

Thank you!

The Red, White and Boom 4th of July Celebration could not happen without the support of our wonderful local business sponsors, partners, and community members.


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Transportation and Parking

Please be aware, there will be road closures as you make your way to the Red, White and Boom festivities. Check back for updates.

Alternate Transportation

We encourage car-pooling, biking or using Metro Transit, as parking will be limited.