June 30 - July 1: 2012 Hmong Sports Tournament and Freedom Celebration will be held at McMurray Field, in St. Paul's Como Park.
July 3 - July 10: Pan-O-Prog is one of the longest-running festivals in the Twin Cities, and kicks off in Independence Day week in Lakeville with a parade and fireworks. Events and entertainment continue for the rest of the week.
July 3 and July 4: Red, White and BOOM is Minneapolis's Fourth of July Celebration. Fireworks over the Mississippi at the Riverfront district.
July 4, and Independence Day Weekend: Independence Day. Cities across the Metro Area throw a party for the Fourth of July. Here's what's happening to celebrate the Fourth across the Twin Cities.
July 4: Independence Day Celebrations at Fort Snelling. Party like it's 1827 at Fort Snelling. Fireworks? Pah. Fort Snelling will be firing real cannons, plus there will be patriotic music and activities.
July 5, and every Thursday in July: Marketfest is the free family festival continues all this month with free music, art and crafts, and car shows on Thursday evenings in downtown White Bear Lake.
July 5 - July 8: CONvergence The annual science fiction convention held at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel has almost round-the-clock activities for geeks and nerds.
July 5 - July 8: Karl Oskar Days is Chisago County's largest community celebration, honoring its Swedish heritage. Arts and crafts, a pie baking contest, a parade, and fireworks in Lindstrom.
July 6 and July 7: Basilica Block Party. The annual music festival and party at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis is a fundraiser for the church. National and local acts play the popular festival.
July 7 - July 15: Hopkins Raspberry Festival. the self-declared "America's Raspberry Capital" holds raspberry events, a parade, fireworks and pays court to the Raspberry Royal Family. Most events are in Downtown Hopkins.
July 8: Norway Day. A celebration of Norwegian culture at Minnehaha Park - family and children's entertainment, arts and crafts, children's parade, music and vendors. Free.