Jul 2, 2021 - News

Where are all the fireworks in Minneapolis-St. Paul this year?

Red, orange, yellow and green fireworks.
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We're two days away from the Fourth of July, but don't expect many city-sanctioned fireworks shows this year.

The big picture: International supply chain issues coupled with record high demand have made fireworks more expensive and harder to find, leading several cities to cancel their shows.

Zoom in: Minneapolis organizers said because COVID-19 restrictions weren't loosened until May, they didn’t have enough time to pull the event together.

  • St. Paul listed budgetary reasons — an explanation Mayor Melvin Carter first gave in 2018, when he said they didn’t "have $100,000 to spend on blowing up rockets over our city."

What they're doing: Minneapolis will host smaller events sans fireworks in city parks. CHS Field in St. Paul will have firework shows after Saints games on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Or: Viewers can head to the suburbs, where Delano, Excelsior, Bloomington and more will hold shows.
  • Find a full list here.

Of note: The Minneapolis Aquatennial fireworks show is still planned for July 24 along the Mississippi Riverfront.

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