Looking for a destination that offers fun and adventure for the whole family this Independence Day? Look no further than Minnesota, which has over 90,000 miles of shoreline to enjoy with tons of Fourth of July activities. Whether it’s exploring Lake Superior or finding deals at the Mall of America, you will have a blast in Minnesota. Make your trip even better and enjoy easy access to all of the action by booking a Minnesota vacation rental today. Admire fireworks from the window of your lakefront home or cottage! Don’t forget to pack your red, white, and blue attire. Check out the top family-friendly places in Minnesota to spend Independence Day with your family.

1. Marvel at the fireworks by Lake Calhoun

Imagine grilling hot dogs and playing water games with the family while celebrating the most patriotic day of the year. Lake Calhoun is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the holiday. Known for its beauty in Minneapolis, Lake Calhoun has plenty to do and see around the area. Rent a vacation rental in the area for dozens of restaurants, activities, and shops to walk to. Bring your sunscreen and fishing pole to keep the fun going all weekend long.

2. Celebrate all week long in Brainerd

What sounds better than a week-long celebration with daily fireworks, food, and festivities? You’ll definitely want to check out the Brainerd Lakes celebration that starts nearly a week before the Fourth of July. A muscle car drag race, battle of the bands, and parade are just some of the things you can enjoy. Vacationing at Brainerd Lake is a no-brainer for its beauty and lovely Independence Day!

3. Take it easy in Saint Paul

Known as one of the Twin Cities, Saint Paul is the perfect place to explore for the weekend or over a week. Take the family out to a baseball game to see the Saint Paul Saints and enjoy fireworks after the all-American game. The city also has a large zoo and plenty of historic sites to see. Book your trip to Saint Paul today and see why everyone loves the Twin Cities!

4. Experience paradise in St. Cloud

The city of St. Cloud is close to several popular lakes and is on the Mississippi River. St. Cloud is just an hour north of Minneapolis and is the perfect place to experience the Minnesota beauty without all of the crowds. Book a vacation rental in downtown St. Cloud or find a quaint cabin near Long Lake. Finish off the day with a fireworks show over the Mississippi River in celebration of Fourth of July.

5. See the wonders of the Forestville Mystery Cave

The Forestville Mystery Cave State Park is full of adventure fit for Fourth of July celebrations. Experience historic Forestville with a reenactment of an 1800s village and see what it was like living in Minnesota nearly 200 years ago. Then, take a visit to the renowned Mystery Cave, a 13-mile long underground cave with beautiful underground pools and scenery.

6. Watch fireworks from a cruise

Don’t worry about finding the perfect spot to watch fireworks, you can take a cruise on Hudson for the perfect view. The St Croix River Cruise is a three-hour relaxing tour that can include dinner. While in Hudson be sure to explore the Willow River State Park, which has plenty of vacation rentals in the area to make your trip even easier!

7. Find clarity at Deer Lake

Named one of Minnesota’s clearest lakes, Deer Lake is a great spot for some family time and well needed R&R. Bring the fishing poles for some great catches or rent them by the lake. There is also canoe and kayak rentals as well as boat access. Store your own lake gear at a vacation rental and visit Minnesota worry free.

8. Become a local in Delano

The town of Delano will make you feel right at home with their Fourth of July celebration claiming to be the oldest and largest in the state. The five-day festival starts with a carnival and includes live music, contests, and so much more entertainment. The town is just outside of Minneapolis and is a great base to explore the surrounding cities and lakes. Enjoy Delano on Fourth of July and stick around for all the beauty the town has to offer.

9. Celebrate on the beach of Lake Nokomis

Lake Nokomis is known for being more lively with plenty to eat, drink and do in the area. Make new friends on the pier and enjoy delicious food and local beer. Then, take a swim in the lake or try your hand on a jet ski. Vacation rentals in the area have views that are out of this world where you can watch fireworks right from your porch. Enjoy your morning cup of joe overlooking the beautiful sunrise over the lake and appreciate the good things in life.

10. See the sights of Stillwater

We’re finishing off the list with one of the most picturesque towns in Minnesota. Stillwater has a scenic downtown area with plenty of shopping and delicious restaurants to try. Here you can watch fireworks by the river or enjoy the festivities from your vacation rental. Don’t forget to visit some of the museums of check out the many of activities by the river like biking and paddle boarding. Have a blast in Stillwater and enjoy all it has to offer!