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Red, White, and Boom

July 3
7 p.m.
July 4
6 p.m.
Family Events, Festivals, Film, Holiday

Regardless of where you land politically, it should be pretty easy to concede that this has been a rough year for the United States. It seems a little fitting, then, that America’s birthday awkwardly falls on a Tuesday this summer. You can celebrate, but chances are high that you have to head into work the next morning. For Minneapolis holiday happenings, things kick off on Monday at Nicollet Island with live music from Annie Mack at 7 p.m. At dusk, Captain America: Civil War will screen. On the Fourth, the big fireworks show will pay tribute to our country. Family fun will kick off at 6 p.m. at Father Hennepin Bluff Park, but really any place you can find along the Mississippi should score you views. If you’re on the west side, crowds will be found from Third Avenue to Gold Medal Park, with popular viewing spots around Mill City Museum and the Guthrie. On the east side, Southeast Main Street from Aster Cafe to the Soap Factory will have places to watch. Beware if you’re planning on streaming tunes while you take in the show; cell phones struggle to find service in most of these areas. The fireworks are at 10 p.m. More details can be found at