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Monday, July 1, 2013

We're getting the fireworks ready...

The Fourth of July is best known for cookouts, brews, patriotism, parades, and most of all fireworks. Chances are most locals already know exactly where they will be watching fireworks on America's birthday, but for those procrastinators who are still looking for the ideal spot, here are a few suggestions.
As in years past, Saint Paul will once again launch its Fourth of July firework extravaganza, just outside Harriet Island Park, near the west bank of the Mississippi River. Spectators will be able to view the fireworks from nearly any vantage point along the Mississippi River or along Kellogg Boulevard.  Some recommended viewing locations include Kellogg Mall Park along Kellogg Boulevard, Indian Mounds Park, and the Science Museum of Minnesota stairs.

Streets not highlighted in red which normally allow parking will be open on July 4
Harriet Island will also be open for the fireworks, so be sure to bring a blanket, some bug spray and your love of country and enjoy the show from the comfort of the lawn at Harriet Island.  Additionally, the Wabasha Street Bridge and Robert Street Bridge are also spectacular spots to see the fireworks.

Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to find a parking spot.  As always, parking will not be allowed in the neighborhoods immediately surrounding the fireworks display and it is recommended that those coming to the watch the fireworks carpool if possible.  Portions of Shepard Road will also be closed before and after the show and signs showing the closures will be posted 48 hours in advance. 
Taking the bus or using Nice Ride are two great ways to get to the fireworks without worrying about parking. Check out the Metro Transit website for bus schedules, and learn more about Nice Rides here.

The show starts at promptly at dusk -- around 10 p.m.

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