What's open on July 4th in Minneapolis? Not much, it turns out. Many stores will be closed, as will many restaurants—better call ahead to make sure. Most grocery stores should be open, though. Check websites for , the , Whole Foods, and others before you go.
City and state offices and courts will also be closed. Garbage and recycling won't be picked up, either, pushing the schedule back by one day (they'll run Thursday through Saturday). In addition, Minneapolis 311 services, Solid Waste & Recycling Customer Service office and the Public Works South Transfer Station will be closed.
The one bright spot? No parking meter enforcement. All other parking restrictions will be enforced, including University of Minnesota meters and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board meters along the city's parkways.
So what on earth is still open? City parks, including nine air-conditioned rec centers around the city. Eight of those are outside Southwest Minneapolis, but will be open.
Three parks open on Wednesday to fireworks and July 4th festivities throughout the day— (Tangletown July 4th Festival), Powderhorn Park (fireworks), and Father Hennepin Bluffs Park (fireworks).
A Special Request: Please don't call 911 for fireworks complaints on July 4th. The Minneapolis Police Department would give you a big hug if you didn't, and let them watch out for genuine public safety problems instead (like if one of those fireworks lights a house or reveler on fire). If you'd like to report a fireworks disturbance, they're asking you to use this online form, instead.