4th of July in Minneapolis: Red White and Boom Event, Diamond Dog Eating Contest, and Fireworks

The Red, White and Boom event is hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and attracts a crowd of more than 75,000. It’s a two day event starting Monday the 3rd  and ending in fireworks on the 4th at 10 pm. On Monday, live music by Annie Mack will be playing at 7-8:30 pm with Captain America: Civil War playing outdoors afterwards at Nicollet Island. Tuesday begins with a 6:30 am half marathon, relay, 5K, and virtual reality races that all end at the Stone Arch Bridge on Main Street. From 6-7:30 pm on Tuesday, there will be live music by Sarah Morris, then DJ Indy of 101.3 KDWB takes over the music from 8-10 pm at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park. At the same time, at Mill Ruins Park, the Jazz Ensemble: Act of Persuasion takes the stage from 4-7:30 pm and Tre Aaron from 8-10 pm.

The event includes magicians, jugglers, face painting, caricature artists, and more family activities. All Red, White and Boom events will be along the downtown Minneapolis riverfront, with most events taking place around Hennepin Island. One stage will be across from the Stone Arch Apartments while the other stage will be across the intersection of 5th Ave S and 1st St S.

The 8th annual Diamond Dog eating contest will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday at 17 N 7th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403. The event will be hosted by Mark Mallman, The Depot Tavern, and First Avenue & 7th St Entry. The Diamond Dog is a ¼ lb. all-beef hot dog wrapped in pepper bacon, deep-fried, and served on a pretzel bun. Prizes include First Avenue show tickets, First Avenue memberships, Depot Tavern Gift Cards and more. Enter here to compete in the eating contest.


Crave Restaurant has the rooftop showing of Top Gun at 7 pm on Tuesday for those looking for a more laid back 4th of July experience. The movie is free for anyone, wine bottles are half off, and late night happy hour starts at 9 pm till close. Crave is located at LaSalle Plaza, 825 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

Minneapolis has a history of grand 4th of July celebrations, this year looks to be another grand celebration.

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