The festival is held on two days, July 3 and July 4, 2012.
Red, White and BOOM! has free live music from local band Romantica, followed by a free outdoor screening of the movie Captain America on July 3, at the Nicollet Island Pavilion.
Then on the evening of July 4, there will be plenty of family entertainment at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, and live music on four stages in the Riverfront District. Festivities run from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on July 4.
Then what you've all been waiting for: Minneapolis' Independence Day fireworks are 10 p.m. on July 4.
Where's the best place to see Minneapolis' fireworks?
The fireworks are launched from Water Power Park, in the middle of the Mississippi River. The two closest bridges, the Stone Arch Bridge and the Central Avenue bridge have great views, as do many spots in St. Anthony Main and along the West river Parkway near the Mill City Museum or in Gold Medal Park. Nicollet Island Park affords good views as long as you are not behind a tree.
Parking for Minneapolis' FireworksParking is at one of downtown Minneapolis' parking ramps. The St. Anthony Falls Ramp is the closest to the fireworks and the festival.
Or, if you don't mind the walk, look for street parking in the residential Northeast neighborhood north of the fireworks site, around Central Avenue. Expect to walk at least a quarter- or half-mile.
Cycling or taking the bus to the fireworks is an alternative to driving and parking. Several bus routes serve downtown Minneapolis and St. Anthony Main.