July 4 is approaching once again, and with America’s 243rd birthday comes the classic tradition of watching colors explode in the sky. Whether you’re local in town or traveling from afar, there is no shortage of fireworks displays across the St. Croix Valley.
Train to Marine on St. Croix
All aboard! The Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway is making a special evening trip to Marine on St. Croix the night before the Fourth to see the fireworks from the Minnesota side.
After some uncertainty in finding a suitable launch site, Marine on St. Croix’s annual July 3 display is ON. Event goers will find the best viewing along Judd Street, from Berkey Street to north to downtown, rather than in the downtown parks as in previous years.
Train tickets are limited, so it is imperative to book your place today if you want to be among those chugging and choo-chooing across the river on July 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Forest Lake’s Fourth of July celebration spans over a week long, with patriotic-themed events of some capacity set up from Saturday, June 29 to Sunday, July 7. On the day itself, festivities are held from practically dusk until dawn, including the parade, reading of the Declaration of Independence, and hours of live music. The oohs and ahhs will conclude the day at 10 p.m. at Lakeside Memorial Park.
Treat yourself to not one but two fireworks shows in Amery this Independence Day weekend. Saturday, June 29 will see the Wanderoos Independence Day Celebration, which also includes a 5k, the Grand Parade and a chicken dinner. Fireworks begin at dusk in the Wanderoos Ball Park along Highway 65 and will be followed by a street dance. On the Fourth, meanwhile, the Amery Fireworks Spectacular will kick off at dusk at Soldiers Field.
If you like your fireworks with a side of jazz, the St. Croix Jazz Orchestra will be playing in Pioneer Park from 7-9 p.m. on the Fourth preceding the fireworks show at 10 p.m. at Lowell Park. The display can also be seen from St. Croix River Cruises’ Fireworks Dinner Cruise, which boards from 98 Walnut Street in Hudson and lasts from 8-11 p.m. on the Fourth. For more information on the cruise, visit stcroixrivercruises.com
Booster Days, Hudson’s Fourth of July celebration, goes from July 3-7. From the coronation of a new Hudson Ambassadors Court to the Hillbilly Science Show, there is plenty of family-friendly entertainment to be found here. Fireworks will be held at dusk over the St. Croix River on Friday, July 5. These can also be witnessed from St. Croix River Cruises’ Fireworks Dinner Cruise, which on this night runs from 8-11:45 p.m.