Fireworks, concerts, pants-free bike rides: Freeloader Fourth of July (plus stuff that is cheap, but not free)

For some, the holiday weekend is finally here. For others, well, at least we get a day off in the middle of the week. Regardless of what your situation is, we've got the low-down on fun things to do this Wednesday and Thursday, from pants-free bike rides to fireworks to rooftop dance parties. Come take a look.

Looking to plan your entire weekend? Freeloader Friday will be up at its usual time Friday morning.


KFAI House Party, Teague Alexy
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Hymie's Record Roadshow
(Turf Club: 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486)

9 p.m.

Hotel San Sebastian, City of Sound, Me & My Arrow
(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3990)

9 p.m.

Mr. Hide, Falcon Arrow, Chokecherry, Phantom Tails
(Cause Spirits & Soundbar: 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-6000)

9 p.m.  

American Youth
(Nomad World Pub: 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6424)

9 p.m.

Nefarious Means, Red Dog Band
(Schooner Tavern: 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-4365)

9 p.m.

Red, White, and Boom: Top Gun
(Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power St., Minneapolis)

Fighter jets. Jerry Bruckheimer explosions. Pre-crazy Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer. Shirtless dudes on a beach. What could be more patriotic? Screening at dusk. With food, beer, music by Rogue Valley pre-show. 7 p.m.



Red, White, and Boom
(Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 Main St. SE, Minneapolis)

Featuring live music, food, family activities, and fireworks. Also at Mill Ruins Park. More info at 6-10 p.m. 

Rosefest: Fourth of July
(Central Park, 2540 N. Lexington Ave., Roseville)

Daylong festivities in the park. More info at 1-10:30 p.m.

Fireworks in downtown St. Paul

These fireworks will be launching from Harriet Island, so find a grassy spot near the river and enjoy. (Outside by the Science Museum might be a good place to picnic.) At dusk.

Fourth of July Celebration
(Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis)

With live music, fire performers, food, and fireworks at dusk. 1-10 p.m.

Fourth of July Fireworks
(Ojibwe Park, 2695 Ojibwe Drive, Woodbury)

With live music, family activities. Fireworks at dusk.

Fourth of July Fireworks
(Veterans Memorial Park, 6400 Portland Ave. S., Richfield)


Fourth of July Fireworks
(Aquila Park, 3110 Xylon Ave. S., St. Louis Park)


Fireworks, concerts, pants-free bike rides: Freeloader Fourth of July (plus stuff that is cheap, but not free)
Photo by Taylor Paino

Fourth of July Underwear Ride: Freedom from Pants

Ride throughout town in your skivvies. Route ends at Powderhorn Park in time for fireworks. 6 p.m. Meet at the vacant lot at 616 SE 2nd Ave., Minneapolis.

Freedom Days
(Johnny Cake Ridge Park, 5800 W. 140th St., Apple Valley)

Parade at 1 p.m., with a family-friendly party. Fireworks at 10 p.m.

Mystic Lake Rock and Rockets July 4th Celebration
(Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, 800-262-7799,

With food trucks, fireworks, live music from Arch Allies, Boogie Wonderland, Maiden Dixie. 5-10 p.m.

Hate Beast, Cantharone, Monogon
(Hexagon Bar: 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

9 p.m.

4th of July with Tramps Like Us, Wesley Church, Martin Anderson and the Goods
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10:30 p.m.

The Steepwater Band
(Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues Uptown: 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-9900)

8 p.m.

(Downtown White Bear Lake, 4751 U.S. 61, White Bear Lake)

Featuring live entertainment, art, food, children's activities, a farmers' market, a classic car show. More info at 6-9 p.m.

Still looking for something to do? After the jump is a list of happenings. However, these events aren't free.

 Fourth of July for barhoppers and club-goers:

Fireworks, concerts, pants-free bike rides: Freeloader Fourth of July (plus stuff that is cheap, but not free)
Dillinger 4, photo by Brian Garrity

D4th of July Weekend
(Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399,

On Thursday: Banner Pilot, A Wilhelm Scream, the Flatliners, Arms Aloft, Such Gold, Our Own End.

On Friday: Dillinger Four, the Riverboat Gamblers, Toys That Kill, Tenement, the Treasure Fleet, Bitch City.

On Saturday: Off With Their Heads, Pegboy, the Arrivals, In Defense, Neutral Boy, Sundowners.

18+. 6 p.m. each night. $15.

Star Spangled Banger
(The Loft, 711 Hennepin Ave. 4th floor, Minneapolis, 612-333-6100,

Patio party with grilled food, performances. Wear daisy dukes, flip flops, or a suit and drink free from 9:30-10:30 p.m. 8 p.m.-2 a.m., $5.

Sports fans:

Minnesota United FC vs. Atlanta Silverbacks
(National Sports Center, 1700 105th Ave. NE, Blaine, 763-785-5600,

For tickets, call 762.792.7355 or visit 7 p.m. $12.

Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees
(1 Twins Way, Minneapolis, 612-338-9467,

1:10 p.m.

Fireworks, concerts, pants-free bike rides: Freeloader Fourth of July (plus stuff that is cheap, but not free)
Fireworks at Canterbury

Open and fun on the Fourth:

Fourth of July Celebrations
(Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Road S., Shakopee, 952-445-7223,

Fireworks are Wednesday at dusk, Thursday features family activities, special races, and free hot dogs. 1:30 p.m., $5; free for those 17 and under.

Fourth of July Fireworks
(Valleyfair, 1 Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee, 800-FUN-RIDE,

At dusk. Free with admission (veterans get in at a discounted rate this week).

Mill City Fourth of July
(Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis, 612-341-7555,

Enjoy the museum. Reservations are required for fireworks package. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m. $11; $35 fireworks package.

Walker on the Green: Artist-Designed Mini Golf
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600,

Open on 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thu., July 4 (museum is closed). $9-$12.

For history buffs:

Gettysburg/Vicksburg Anniversary Family Day
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 651-259-3000,

Meet General Ulysses S. Grant, dance to the music of the New Pearl Buttons, make a Union photo case, and watch an 1860s fashion showcase. July 4, 12-4 p.m., $11.

Independence Day Celebration
(Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Ave., St. Paul, 612-726-1171,

With costumed interpreters, performances, exhibits, hands-on learning. July 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $11. 

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