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Best Stores In Minnesota For Fourth Of July Paraphernalia

Get ready for the 4th of July with patriotic items from these five best places in Minnesota.

06/24/2014

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Ask A Minnesota Expert: Fourth Of July Cocktail Recipes

A few ideas for Fourth of July cocktails.

06/19/2014

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Ask A Minnesota Chef: Easy 4th Of July Recipes

To make the Fourth of July something special, try cooking some of these recipes from local chef Brandon Randolph.

06/18/2014

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Best Places In America To Celebrate The 4th Of July

In celebration of Independence Day, several cities across the nation are hosting fun-filled activities by day and then concluding with spectacular pyrotechnic shows that can be viewed from miles away. Here are five of the best places in America to celebrate the Fourth of July

06/17/2014

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Creative 4th Of July Parade Float Ideas

Fourth of July parades take place all across the country and signify not only our collective patriotism, but also local pride. Homemade floats abound and are as unique and individual as the spirit that carved out our country.

06/16/2014

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Fourth Of July Fireworks Safety Checklist

Fireworks are a lot of fun, and many families enjoy setting off these sparkly treats every Fourth of July. Make sure to follow these tips to ensure a safe holiday for you and your family.

06/16/2014

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DIY July 4th Crafts For Your Backyard Party

Craft projects can be enjoyed by guests of all ages at your Independence Day cookout.

06/16/2014

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Your Ultimate Fourth Of July Party Guide

This CBS Local Ultimate Fourth Of July Party Guide will have you prepared for the best Independence Day since 1776.

06/12/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Fourth Of July Festivities

Yes, it seems like just yesterday we were all being beaten down by the long winter and polar vortex. Believe it or not, Independence Day is only three weeks away, and it falls on a Friday this year, making for a nice long weekend.

06/10/2014

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Good Question: How Do Fireworks Get Their Shapes, Colors & Sounds?

Fireworks might have been invented in China 1,500 years ago, but we’ve been using them to celebrate since the U.S.A.’s first Fourth of July.

07/04/2013

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See The Sights & Sounds Of Cannon Falls’ 4th Of July Parade

Another long-time Fourth of July tradition is the parade in Cannon Falls. Photojournalist Brad Kopp captured the parade route.

07/04/2013

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WWII Vets, Politicians & ‘CCO Faces Shine In Minnesotan Parades

The winter and spring may have been cold and wet, but Independence Day has proven worth the wait for many Minnesotans. It has been a beautiful Fourth of July already, and the great weather weekend is just beginning.

07/04/2013

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Good Question: How Did Red, White & Blue Become National Colors?

Everywhere you look this holiday, you’re going to see some red, white and blue. But how did those colors become our national colors?

07/03/2013

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High Water Levels Dash Many July Fourth Plans

A frustrating Fourth of July is in store for some Twin Cities families. Several lakes and rivers have dangerously high water levels in addition to storm debris floating on or just below the surface. The water is moving so fast that the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis and near Minnehaha Park has been off limits to all boaters for the last ten days. The locks for commercial barges just reopened Wednesday, but recreational boating is still prohibited.

07/03/2013

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Lake Minnetonka Air Show Ready For Fourth Of July

Last year was the first time in 45 years there was an air show inside the Twin Cities. This year, the Minnetonka Air Show is going to be bigger and better, and it’s free. It’s a 4th of July spectacle of airplane acrobatics for crowds young and old.

07/03/2013

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Fireworks, Grilling Safety Tips For The Fourth Of July

The Fourth of July is Thursday and that means many will be heading to fireworks displays or creating some of their own. That also presents several dangers if you don’t know how to set off your fireworks properly. It’s also important to remember what’s legal in Minnesota and what’s not legal as you get ready to celebrate our nation’s birthday.

07/03/2013

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Movie Blog: 10 Best Fireworks Sequences

It’s the Fourth of July, which means fireworks displays galore. But if you happen to be stuck inside this evening, you’ll probably want to take in a great display via a classic movie. These are 10 of the top best scenes involving fireworks in movie history.

07/02/2013

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Where To View MN Fireworks In 2013

We’ve got a list of many of the major Minnesota 4th of July and Independence Day events — check them out!

06/27/2013

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Wander Minnesota: Independence Weekend

The Fourth of July is next week Thursday, and not surprisingly, it looks like many communities are going to have festivities spilling over into the weekend that follows. Besides the usual community fireworks and parades, there’s a lot to choose from around the state.

06/25/2013

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Best Firework Displays Across the Country

From the patriotic heart of Washington, D.C. to the big city flash of New York, these spots are known for their impressive summer events.

06/21/2013

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Best Places To See Fireworks In Minnesota

Young or old, everyone loves a good showing of fireworks. Here are the best places in Minnesota to see them.

06/21/2013

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Mystic Lake Rock & Rockets Sponsored By Mich Golden Light

Celebrate the Fourth of July with WCCO at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. A free outdoor event with food, fun and live music from Maiden Dixie, Boogie Wonderland and Arch Allies. The night ends with a fireworks display!

06/19/2013

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Make Your Own Patriotic Gear For July 4th

Have some fun with a DIY Fourth of July!

06/17/2013

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4th Of July Party Essentials

Creating a memorable family gathering for the Fourth doesn’t have to be fussy or complicated. Here’s how to set a sizzling table, serve a crowd-pleasing meal, and keep everyone entertained with minimal effort or hassle.

06/17/2013

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Best Public Beaches To Spend A Summer Day In Minnesota

Check out this list of the four best beaches in Minnesota to take in some sun and relax.

06/08/2013

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Fourth Of July Fireworks

Fireworks are the traditional way to celebrate the July 4th holiday. See some of our nation’s finest displays.

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Our Country’s National Parks

National Parks preserve some of America’s most interesting and unique environments. Take a trip to these national treasures.

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Fourth of July Patriotic Fashion Ideas

This Fourth of July, wear your patriotic spirit on your sleeve…or face, or feet, or anywhere! Here are some cool, weird, and funny July Fourth inspired fashion ideas using America’s national colors of red, white […]

Named for the iconic comic book superhero, The Incredible Hulk roller coaster features a unique uphill launch at the beginning of the ride that reaches a speed of 40 miles per hour in two seconds.  Through seven full inversions, 100-foot drops and a weightless "zero g" roll, you simulate the power of the Hulk’s transformation. (Photo Credit: daryl_mitchell)

Best Roller Coasters Across the USA

A summer vacation just doesn’t feel complete without a trip to an amusement park. And for most of us, the highlight of every theme park visit is a rocking, shocking, heart-racing roller coaster! Lucky for […]

On July 25, 1990, Barr performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds. What will go down in history as probably the worst rendition ever, Barr offended many including President George H.W. Bush, who called her rendition “disgraceful.” (Photo: AP) Click Here for Video

Best, Worst Versions of the National Anthem

Patriotic flags, cuisines and tunes abound on July 4th. The Star Spangled Banner, the most patriotic of American songs, is played on radios, sung by musicians and hummed at barbeques. Famous renditions by singers vary […]

Fourth of July Patrotic Fashion Ideas

This Fourth of July, wear your patriotic spirit on your sleeve…or face, or feet, or anywhere! Here are some cool, weird, and funny July Fourth inspired fashion ideas using America’s national colors of red, white […]

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