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Best Fireworks In Minnesota

Minnesota will light up the skies on the Fourth of July to celebrate our nation’s independence. Of all the pyrotechnics events in Minnesota, here are five that stand out.

06/26/2015

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America’s Most Patriotic Summer Vacation Spots

The U.S.A. boasts all-American tourist spots from sea to shining sea.

06/25/2015

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July 4th Party Games For Adults And Kids

Get a little creative this Fourth of July. Here are five fun party games to entertain all the guests at your upcoming holiday barbecue.

06/24/2015

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Best Restaurants With A View Of July 4th’s Fireworks In Minnesota

Stop fighting the crowd for a blanket on the grass and a spot to wait for the fireworks to begin. Since Minnesota is home to 10,000 plus lakes, and fireworks tend to be set off over a lake, there are a lot of options for viewing the fireworks that don’t involve waiting a long time for it to get dark and being pretty far from a bathroom.

06/24/2015

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Healthy & Fun Fourth Of July Foods

Be both healthy and festive at your Fourth of July BBQ with these red, white, and blue dish ideas.

06/23/2015

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Flood-Ravaged Delano Holds July 4th Celebrations

It’s been just over a week since Delano battled flood waters on the Crow River. The river crested at more than 21 feet, the second highest in history. Several businesses in the downtown area were forced to close along with a busy bridge. Homes were also threatened by the high water.

07/04/2014

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For Vets With PTSD, Fireworks Can Trigger Painful Memories

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate the birth of our nation, but for many veterans the sounds of the celebration can bring back painful memories. For combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), fireworks can take them back to what they experienced during war.

07/03/2014

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Top 7 Lawn Games To Play For Fourth Of July

The Fourth of July holiday is coming up and backyard barbecues are sure to be abundant. While food and good company are a great start to any celebration, it’s always good to have a few games on hand if things get dull. Plus, who doesn’t like a little competition? Here are a few games, ranked from worst to best that offer up some fun and won’t require you to go indoors during your summer bash.

07/01/2014

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St. Paul Fourth Of July Fireworks To Be Held At Capitol Mall

Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announced Monday that fireworks for the 4th of July will take place at the State Capitol Mall Friday evening. Fireworks for the holiday were scheduled as a part of the “Taste Of Minnesota” festival. The festival was scheduled at Harriet Island, but was moved to Waconia, Minn. due to flooding.

06/30/2014

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Best Fourth Of July Parties In Minnesota

Summer is here again, and with it comes Fourth of July parties all across the state. Where will you celebrate?

06/26/2014

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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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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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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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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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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 […]

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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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