Saint Paul to host Fourth of July fireworks show
Hmong Freedom Celebration Sports Festival and other activities also scheduled across the city
The City of Saint Paul will be hosting a variety of activities during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Events include a traditional fireworks display, Hmong Freedom Celebration Sports Festival (J4) and free music concerts.
The City of Saint Paul will be hosting a traditional fireworks display taking place in downtown Saint Paul on the Fourth of July. There are many great locations to view the fireworks including Harriet Island, Kellogg Mall Park along Kellogg Boulevard, Indian Mounds Parks and the Science Museum of Minnesota stairs. As in past years, there will be no parking in the neighborhoods surrounding the viewing area. There will also be no parking in Harriet Island’s East and West lots, Raspberry Island parking lot and the Upper Landing parking lot. Portions of Shepard Road will also be closed during the fireworks display. The fireworks are scheduled to begin at dusk (approximately 10:15 p.m.).
Due to the restricted parking and number of people anticipated to attend, people are encouraged to carpool or take alternative forms of transportation to the fireworks display. A map showing the no parking areas can be found at www.stpaul.gov/parks.
Hmong Freedom Celebration Sports Festival (J4)
The Hmong Freedom Celebration Sports Festival (J4) is an annual event that attracts more than 30,000 people to Saint Paul’s McMurray fields at Como Regional Park. The two-day event will take place Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7. Attractions at this year’s festival include: a variety of international sports tournaments, open market, live entertainment, a Miss Hmong Teen Pageant and much more. More information regarding the festival can be found at www.laofamily.org.
Music in the Parks
The summer music series continues over the Fourth of July holiday with performances at Como Lakeside Pavilion (1360 N. Lexington Pkwy).
July 3, 7:00 p.m. an acoustic fusion concert performed by Zachary Scot Johnson.
July 4, 3:00 p.m. a concert band style concert performed by the Como Pops Ensemble.
July 4, 7:00 p.m. a Dixieland Jazz concert performed by Midnight in Moscow Dixieland All Stars.
A full schedule of Music in the Parks performers can be found at www.stpaul.gov/parks.
All Recreation Centers, with the exception of Langford Recreation Center, will be closed on July 4. Recreation Centers will resume normal operating hours on Friday, July 5.
Langford Recreation Center will be open on July 4, and will be hosting a variety of Fourth of July activities including a kiddie parade, volleyball, horseshoes, tennis, races and other games. Concessions will also be sold during the event. For additional information regarding Langford Recreation Center’s Fourth of July activities contact 651-298-5765.
Highland Park Aquatic Center and Como Regional Park Pool will be open for business on the Fourth of July, with special holiday hours. The Great River Water Park will be closed on July 4, and will resume normal operating hours July 5.
Highland Aquatic Center will be open July 4 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. for lap swim and from 12 p.m. -7 p.m. for open swim. The pool will resume normal operating hours on July 5.
Como Regional Park Pool will be open July 4 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. for lap swim and from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. for open swim. Como Regional Park Pool will resume normal operating hours on July 5, and due to the Hmong Freedom Celebration Sports Festival, the pool will be closed on Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7.
Great River Water Park will be closed on July 4, and will resume normal operating hours on July 5.
Phalen Park Beach will be open normal hours, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. on July 4.
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is a nationally-accredited and gold medal award-winning organization that manages more than 170 parks and open spaces, AZA-accredited Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, 25 city-operated recreation centers, four municipal golf courses, more than 100 miles of trails, an indoor and two outdoor aquatic facilities, a public beach, a variety of premium sports facilities, and Great River Passage – which is the new identity for all proposed public development along Saint Paul’s more than 17 miles of Mississippi riverfront. For more information about Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, visit www.stpaul.gov/parks.