4th of July is the traditional midpoint of summer, marking a time to celebrate our country's proud heritage. Here's a handy guide to the best events taking place not far from our Springs at Apple Valley and Springs at Egan Drive.
Apple Valley has been celebrating the Fourth with this popular festival for more than half a century. The five-day event kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 30 with carnival rides, while the following days include live music, a car show and family-friendly activities. Freedom Days’ close out on Tuesday, July 4 with a parade at 1 p.m. and a fireworks show leading off with a party at 6 p.m. Admission is free with a separate charge for the rides.
The Funfest is Eagan's largest annual event, drawing thousands of visitors from the area. This year's celebration is "Back with a Bang," featuring parades, carnival rides, live entertainment, bingo and poker games, and the fiercely competitive Royal Brain Freeze ice cream-eating contest. Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight on Monday, July 3 and 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4. Visit the website to purchase carnival ride tickets.
Gain a new perspective on the concept of freedom at Fort Snelling, a location that played an important role in the history of our region and country. Take a trip back in time to the nineteenth century as you watch a military parade with fife and drum music, and attend a mock battle. Interactive learning stations around the fort offer thought-provoking insights into the struggles for independence over the last 200 years. Tickets for the July 4 event are $12 for adults and $6 for kids ages 5 to 17, and advance purchase is recommended.
Shake your groove thing to the great lineup of bands performing at Rock and Rockets. Chow down on delicious eats from the area's top food trucks before the spectacular fireworks show at 10 p.m. DJ St. Joel will spin tunes outdoors until 11 p.m., while the indoor afterparty runs until 1 a.m. The fun starts at 5 p.m on July 4.
The Hometown Celebration packs an amazing amount of fun and games into a day and a half. Entertainment includes live music, canoeing and paddleboarding, a pickleball tournament and 5K run, kids' games and activities, karaoke and a fireworks display. Hours are 1 to 10 p.m. on July 3 and 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 4.
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