Join us for the Target Fireworks, set to take place Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 10:00 pm. One of the country’s largest annual fireworks displays. Watch the Target Fireworks light up the Minneapolis sky! Come early for Aquatennial Pre-Fireworks Festivities beginning at 4 pm and enjoy food trucks, your favorite festival treats, live music, local craft brews (Fulton Beer and Sociable Cider Werks), the Minneapolis Craft Market, a Ferris wheel, the Family Fun Zone presented by Metro by T-Mobile and much more. A full schedule of the pre-fireworks festivities and music lineup will be announced soon.
The Target Fireworks optimal viewing area is just blocks away from the METRO Light Rail U.S. Bank Stadium station in East Town, which services both the Blue Line from Bloomington and the Green Line from St. Paul.
Get to the Target Fireworks for FREE by bus or light rail by clicking here to download your Free Ride Pass good on Saturday, July 27 from 3 pm – midnight.
There are also surface and ramp parking locations located off 2nd Street, 4th Street and Chicago Avenue. You can also enjoy Nice Ride bikes located at convenient stations around the downtown area. Click Here to find the the most convenient Nice Ride station.
Come early to get your viewing spot—bring sunscreen for the afternoon and bug spray for the evening. The best spots are between Gold Medal Park and the 3rd Avenue Bridge on West River Parkway. It’s not unusual for people to begin staking out their spots along the Mississippi Riverfront in the morning, so to ensure your best viewing location be sure to head downtown with time to spare!
Bring your water bottles as Tap Minneapolis will provide water stations located throughout the Target Fireworks area.
Stay healthy at Aquatennial thanks to hand sanitizers provided by University of Minnesota Physicians all along West River Parkway.
Part of the experience is enjoying the music that accompanies the Target Fireworks, which are choreographed and synced together. Tune into KOOL 108 FM and enjoy the pyro-musical simulcast of music set to the Target Fireworks display! This year’s theme is 1980s music as a tribute to the Aquatennial’s 80th anniversary. Learn more about the Target Fireworks below in our “Fast Facts.”
While you’re waiting for the Target Fireworks and the pre-fireworks festivities to begin, don’t miss out on other Aquatennial events that are taking place along the Mississippi Riverfront. In the morning, Aquatennial Yoga with CorePower Yoga (9 am) Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe rides on the Mississippi River (10 am) begin approximately 1.5 miles up the road at Boom Island, a leisurely walk or bike ride away. Near the Stone Arch Bridge, the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Open House begins at 9:30 am and runs through 8 pm. Take a stroll and enjoy an afternoon out and about in Minneapolis while enjoying multiple Aquatennial events!
While you’re there
Enjoy a show, tour or walk on the Endless Bridge at the Guthrie Theater, learn about Minneapolis’ history at the Mill City Museum, enjoy a morning at the Mill City Farmers Market or a leisurely afternoon at Gold Medal Park. Stop by Stone Arch Bridge and see some of the best views of our downtown skyline.
Pre-Fireworks Festivities from 4 pm-10 pm always have a great lineup. This year’s festivities include:
Family Fun Zone presented by Metro by T-Mobile
Mpls Craft Market – 50 local makers
Local craft brews: Fulton Beer (including Seltzer) and Sociable Cider Werks
Live Music (5 pm – Twin Cities Road Show, 6:30 pm – Yam Haus, 7:30 pm – HC/MC, 8:30 pm – The Grateful Red)
Target Fireworks Fast Facts
- Typically uses more than 10,000 pounds of explosives
- The Choreography process for the Target Fireworks takes anywhere from 2 to 4 hours of design time per minute of total show duration
- One of the top five largest fireworks show in the country
- Draws around 250,000 spectators to Downtown Minneapolis
- Come early to find a spot along the river—bring sunscreen for the afternoon and bug spray for the evening. It’s worth it to see a fantastic show!
- One of the best vantage points to take in the show is on the west side of the Mississippi River, along West River Parkway near Portland Avenue.
- Zambelli Fireworks is a full service fireworks display and pyrotechnics company.
- Since 1893 Zambelli Fireworks has been shooting over 2,300 displays annually