Twin Cities Calendar for July
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Time for fireworks, summer concerts, the Minneapolis Aquatennial, and for County Fairs.  
The Minnesota Shutdown (July 1-20, 2011) closed State Parks, Rest Stops, & Canterbury Park.

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1   MN Shutdown
     Movie: Transformers

Black Keys
    Island Block Party & Fireworks

4  Independence Day
   Independence Day (see below)
5 6  Britney Spears 7 8    Josh Groban 9   Goo Goo Dolls
     We Laughing

10   11   12  Kid Cudi 13  Indigo Girls
      Metrodome rises
14 15  Finger Eleven
      Movie: Harry Potter
full moon  
16  Dakotafest
      Lakefront Jazz
      Tim Minchin
17 Fleet Foxes
     Milk carton boat races
     (see Aquatennial)

Aquatennial - milk carton boat races

19 Five For Fighting
     Jennifer Hudson
20  Shutdown ended

22   Movie: Capt. America 23 Art at St Kates
     Trampled By Turtles
U2 - 23 July 2011 Minneapolis
24  Wayne Newton 25 26 27  Dolly Parton
 29  Movie: Cowboys & Aliens
       Pat Benatar
31 Beach Boys

Twin Cities Calendar for July  2011
    July 1 burlesque       Jeez Loueez, Underpants Show, Bryant-Lake Bowl (7 & 10pm, $15)
             Transformers - Dark of the Moon (Shia LeBeouf) -- here's the trailer
July 1-2 rock                Monkees, Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater (7:30pm, $76+) -- here's I'm a Believer
July 1-5 fair                  Richfield's Fourth of July, Veteran's Park, Richfield
July 2-3 fair                  Hmong International Sports Tournament, Como Park
July 2-4 fair                  Chanhassen's 4th of July Celebration, City Center Park & Lake Ann Park
Eagan Funfest, Central Park Community Center, Eagan 
July 3 blues               Black Keys, Roy Wilkins (6:30pm, $40) -- here's Tighten Up
fair                  Island Block Party & Fireworks, Treasure Island Casino, Prairie Island, Welch, MN (5-11pm, free)
July 4 holiday           Independence Day (see fireworks list below)
fair                  Hometown Celebration, Round Lake Park, Eden Prairie (5:30-11pm)
                 Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon, St Anthony Main, Mpls (6:30am)

July 5 food                Free Cookies, Scott Alexander & inflatable couch, Uptown street corner -- here's 3rd Cent. Chinese
July 6 pop music      Britney Spears, Xcel  -- here's Hold It Against Me
film                  Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode 910 Final Sacrifice, Bryant-Lake Bowl (10pm, free) -- clips
July 8 songwriter     Josh Grobin, Target Center (8pm, $75) -- here's You Are Loved
July 8-9 music fair       Basilica Block Party, Basilica of St Mary, 88 N 17th St, Mpls ($40+) -- here's the YouTube playlist
                         >> July 8th - Michael Franti and Spearhead -- here's Say Hey; July 9th - Drive-By Truckers
July 8-10 powwow         Wacipi Celebration, Treasure Island Casino, Prairie Island Mdewakanton (free)
                         >> Grand Entry performance times:  Friday 7pm, Saturday 1pm & 7pm, and Sunday 1pm.
July 9 rock                 Goo Goo Dolls w/ Michelle Branch, Grand Casino - Mille Lacs (7pm, $35+) -- here's Iris & Breathe
pop music
     Katy Perry, Xcel Energy Center (7:30pm, $25+) -- (postponed due to food poisoning) -- here's Firework
rock, blues     Rock & Deep Blues Festival, Patrick's Cabaret (3pm-1am, $5+) -- 3 stages, 20 performances
comedy           We Laughing Comedy Jam, Pantages Theatre (8pm, $44+)
July 9-10 fair                  Dragon Festival, Lake Phalen
art fair            Hopkins Arts Festival, Hopkins Art Center
July 9-17 fair                  Raspberry Festival, Hopkins
July 9, 13,
16, 26, 29
basketball     Minnesota Lynx, Target Center
July 12 rap                  Kid Cudi, Target Center (7:30pm, $40+) -- here's Day 'n Night 
July 12-17 play                West Side Story, Orpheum Theatre ($28+)
July 13 folk                 Indigo Girls, MN Zoo  (7pm)
jazz film          Louis Prima, Trylon Cinema (7pm, $8) -- here's Louis Prima & Keely Smith's Old Black Magic
venue             Metrodome roof inflation (7am, tours closed)
parade           White Bear Avenue, St. Paul (7pm, free)
July 13-16 music              Moondance Jam, Moodance Saloon, Walker, MN (maps)  -- with 3 Doors Down
July 13-17 fair                  Ramsey County Fair, Maplewood
July 14-16 fair                  Spirit of the Lakes Festival, Mound, MN
July 14-17 rock                Rock Fest, Cadott, WI
                         >> July 14th - Slaughter, Cinderella, Three Days Grace, & Rob Zombie
                          July 15th - Rock Sugar, Saliva, Skillet, Hinder, & Kid Rock
                          July 16th - My Darkest Days, Sick Puppies, Chevelle, Seether, & Avenged Sevenfold
                          July 17th - Jackyl, Tesla, Heart, & Def Leppard
July 15
opening          Acme Academy of Arts, 937 W 7th, St. Paul (5:30-9pm) -- art by David Rich & Paulette Myers Rich
          Black Music Awards, Pantages Theatre (8pm, $25)
               Finger Eleven, The Cabooze (8:30pm, $15) -- here's One Thing
             Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (Daniel Radcliffe) -- here's the trailer
July 15-17 fair                  Highland Fest, Highland Park, St Paul
July 15-23 fair                  Minneapolis Aquatennial, Lake Calhoun ~ ~- pictures  ~ ~ list of highlights below
soccer             Schwan's USA Cup, National Sports Center, Blaine
July 16 jazz                  Dakotafest, Peavey Plaza, Minneapolis
jazz                  Lakefront Jazz & Blues Festival, Lakefront Park, Prior Lake (1pm, $10) -- Buddy Guy, Lukas Nelson...
comedy           Tim Minchin, Pantages Theatre (8pm, $30) --  here's Prejudice
July 17 folk                 Fleet Foxes, State Theatre (7:30pm, $32) -- here's White Winter Hymnal 
July 18, 25 variety            All-Star Variety Show, Bryant-Lake Bowl (7pm, $12)
July 19 rock                Five For Fighting, Fitzgerald Theatre (7:30pm, $30+) -- here's 100 Years & Superman 
                Jennifer Hudson, Mystic Lake Casino (7:30pm) -- here's Spotlight
wrestle            WWE Smackdown, Target Center (6:30pm, $22+)
July 21-24 fair                  Lumberjack Days, Lowell Park, Stillwater
July 22
movie              Captain America - The First Avenger (Chris Evans) -- here's the trailer
July 22-24 car show        Car Craft Summer Nationals, State Fairground ($13)
fair                  Slice of Shoreview, Island Lake Park, Shoreview
July 23 art fair            Art at St. Kate's, St. Catherine University, Randolph & Cleveland Av, St Paul (10am-5pm, free)
      Trampled By Turtles, The Cabooze (5pm, $25) -- here's Wait So Long
rock                U2, TCF Bank Stadium, UoM (7pm, sold out) -- here's With Or Without You
July 23-31 fair                  River City Days, City Square Park, Chaska
July 24 vocals             Wayne Newton, Treasure Island Casino, Prairie Island, Welch, MN (5pm, $30+) -- here's Danke Schoen
July 26-31 fair                  Anoka County Fair, Anoka
July 27 country          Dolly Parton, Mystic Lake Casino (7:30pm, sold out) --  here's I Will Always Love You
July 28 rock                INXS, Mystic Lake Casino, Shakopee Mdewakanton  (7:30pm, $24+) -- here's Never Tear Us Apart
               Journey with Foreigner & Night Ranger, Xcel (7pm, $30+) -- here's Don't Stop Believin'
July 29
movie              Cowboys & Aliens (Olivia Wilde, Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford) -- here's the trailer
rock                Pat Benatar, Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater (8pm, $15+) -- here's You Better Run
July 29-31 fair                  Canadian Days, Little Canada
July 30 electro            Owl City, Roy Wilkins (7pm, $28) -- here's Fireflies
July 30-31
art fair            Owatonna Festival of the Arts, Owatonna Arts Center, Owatonna, MN
July 31
rock                Beach Boys, Mystic Lake Casino, Shakopee Mdewakanton (7pm) -- here's Wouldn't It Be Nice 
July 4th in Minnesota

Independence Day - Fourth of July - Fireworks Displays  (2011 Info)

Apple Valley - Johnny Cake Ridge Park - fireworks start at 10pm (rain date July 5th)
Chanhassen - Lake Ann Park - fireworks start at 10pm
Coon Rapids - Sand Creek Park - fireworks start at 10pm
Eagan - Eagan Community Center, Central Park - fireworks start at 10pm
Eden Prairie - Round Lake Park - fireworks start at 10pm
Forest Lake - Lakeside Park - fireworks start at 10pm 
(Am. Legion)
Lakeville - Lakeville North High School - fireworks start at dusk (set to music)
Minneapolis - Powderhorn Park
- fireworks usually at 10pm
Minneapolis - Stone Arch Bridge - fireworks start at 10pm (usually 20 minutes)
Prior Lake - Watzel's Beach in Lakefront Park - fireworks start just after 10pm
- Veteran's Park 
- fireworks start at 10pm 
Roseville - Central Park - fireworks start at 10pm
St. Cloud - Mississippi River between Hester and Wilson Parks at 10pm
St. Paul - Upper Landing Park (Shepard Road & Chestnut) at 10:15pm
Shakopee - Shakopee Mdewakanton Pow-wow Grounds (after the Diamond Rio concert)
White Bear Lake - Memorial Beach
- fireworks start at 10pm (rain date July 5th)
Woodbury - Ojibway Park - fireworks start at 10pm
also Valleyfair, Shakopee - fireworks start at 10pm (& every Saturday night July 9-Aug 13)

Here was our list for 2010 and 2009.

How Do Show Fireworks Work?
               Paper shells rest in mortar-like tubes connected to an electric ignition system and a computerized control board. The signal from the control board lights the lifting charge, shooting the shell up (hopefully up) at 300 mph. Metal salts (chlorides) color the bursts:
* calcium burns orange
* strontium burns red
* barium burns green
* copper burns blue (& may produce harmful copper oxide)
* magnalium burns brighter, almost 
Other colors are mixtures. Magnesium and aluminum make silver sparkles, and aluminum filings make the loud bangs.

The Aquatennial is the biggest Minneapolis fair of the year
July 15 - Aquatennial Block Party, Nicollet Mall (at 3rd & 4th St.) (5-11pm) Aquatennial's official kick-off
July 16 - Water Ski Show, Twin City River Rats Team, West River Road (
Broadway to Plymouth Av), (3-5 & 7-9pm)
July 17 - Milk Carton Boat Races & Sandcastle Competition, Thomas Beach, Lake Calhoun (10am-4pm)
July 17 - Water Ski Show, Twin City River Rats Team, West River Road (Broadway to Plymouth Av), (3-5 & 7-9pm)
July 20 - Pre-Parade Carnival, Loring Park (5-7:30pm)
July 20 - Torchlight Parade, Hennepin Av (from Dunwoody Blvd to 5th St.), (8:30-10:30pm)
July 21 -
Water Ski Show, Twin City River Rats Team, West River Road (Broadway to Plymouth Av), (7-9pm)
July 22 - Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes Coronation, Ted Mann Concert Hall, UofM West Bank (7pm, $29)
July 23 - Amazing Race - scavenger hunt, Mpls locations (if you go to St. Paul, you've gone too far), (9am-8pm)
July 23 - Fireworks, West River Parkway (from Portland Av to the 3rd Av Bridge), (6-10pm)

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