Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association
821 E 35th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 722-4817

Celebrating Our Independence on July Fourth

For 123 years, Minneapolis has celebrated the Fourth of July at Powderhorn Park. Over the decades the event has reinvented itself to reflect the changes in our community and 2014 marks another transformation.

Working with our longtime partner, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, PPNA’s Board of Directors voted in March to continue to co-host a daytime event on the Fourth of July at Powderhorn Park.   Although the nature of the event has changed, as there will not be a fireworks display, the pride and joy inherent to the spirit of the Fourth of July remains unchanged.  PPNA and the MPRB are committed to reimagining this event for future generations in a way which best fits our dynamic and ever-changing community.

Read More About Changes to the Fourth of July @ Powderhorn Park

Celebrating Our Independence will feature a daylong lineup of extraordinary local talent, family-friendly activities and delicious food vendors.  Our programming will run from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on the Fourth and park visitors are welcome to stay in the park well after the program to celebrate with family and friends.  At the park you will find canoeing, badminton, croquet, bocce ball, children arts and crafts, face painting and a bouncy castle.

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The community-led Fourth of July Planning Committee has lined up a great celebration and we want to thank our many residents, local businesses and organizations which are financially supporting Celebrating Our Independence.

Red Supporters
Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization
Chicago Lake Liquors

White Supporters
May Day Cafe
People for Parks
Southside Pride
Welna Ace Hardware

Blue Supporters
Acme Awning
Andy’s Garage
Avandaro Beauty Salon
Banner Creations
Blackbird Music
Clyde’s Auto Services
Covet Consign & Design
David’s Auto Repair
Dawn Bartell Agency
Glad Creations
Matt’s Bar & Grill
McDonald Sunshine Place
Midtown Global Market
Nice Ride
Pillsbury House + Theatre
Renewal Laser Clinic
Steven Be’s
Tiny Diner
Twilight Tattoo

Friends Supporters
Blue Ox Coffee
Cafe SouthSide
Chatterbox Cafe
Grassroots Gourmet
Marla’s Caribbean Cuisine
Movies on 35th
Roberts Shoes
Tony’s Market

Join your friends, neighbors and local businesses in supporting Celebrating Our Independence by make a contribution today!

The MPRB is also hosting the downtown Red, White and Boom celebration on July 4, 2014, including a half marathon, live music and culminates in a spectacular fireworks display over the Mississippi River.  The fireworks are scheduled for 10:00 pm and will be shot off from Water Power Park.  Like the Powderhorn Park event, Red, White and Boom fireworks are funded by private donations.

The two Fourth of July events in Minneapolis attract tens of thousands of attendees to the riverfront and Powderhorn Park.  Based on the size of the crowds and the number of police officers available on the holiday, the MPBR determined that it is no longer feasible to host two fireworks events on the same day.  With the new programming changes, Park Police will be on hand throughout the day and evening at Powderhorn Park.  Spend the day with family and friends at Powderhorn Park and head to Red, White and Boom to catch top notch fireworks.

We are looking forward to the Fourth of July at Powderhorn Park and co-creating a new community-oriented tradition honoring the beauty of our park, our neighborhood and our independence!

Here is a recap of PPNA’s Celebrating Our Independence and other tips for a fun, safe Fourth of July Celebration:

Celebrating Our Independence
Friday, July 4 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Southside of Powderhorn Park
Free family fun including local live music, canoeing, bouncy castle and fun lawn games.

Speak Your Mind – Free Speech
Friday, July 4 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Southside of the lake
The Southside Pride is adding a new twist to our celebration!  Step up to the soap box and let your voice be heard or sit back and enjoy your neighbors’ rhetorical skills.
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PPNA Information Booth
Friday, July 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Southside of Powderhorn Park
Looking for a schedule of the day’s events? Need directions to the Bouncy Castle? Curious about Red White and Boom? Our PPNA staff, Board Members and volunteers are happy to meet you and provide information about our 2014 schedule!

Are you wanting to make suggestions on how to improve or expand the Powderhorn Park Fourth of July Celebration for 2015? Do you have questions or concerns for PPNA or the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) about this year’s lack of fireworks in Powderhorn Park or other issues? Drop by the Information Booth and sign up for upcoming planning sessions, let us know your ideas, and share your contact information so that we can stay in touch!

Love’s Labor’s Lost – A Shakespeare Play
Friday, July 4 @ 7:00 pm
The Classical Actors’ Ensemble presents Love’s Labor’s Lost over the next several weekends at various parks around the Twin Cities.
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Red, White & Boom Fireworks
Friday, July 4 @ 10:00 pm
The MPRB is also hosting the downtown Red, White and Boom celebration including a half marathon, live music and culminates in a spectacular fireworks display over the Mississippi River.
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Fireworks:  Reporting to 311
Report fireworks noise complaints to 311—keep 911 open for emergencies.
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Enjoy your holiday weekend!