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Hmong Sports Tournament, Como Park
2 3   Bloomington Fete
     Movie: Amazing Spider-man

full moon
4  Independence Day
   Independence Day (see below)
5  Movie: Part of Me


7   Idina Menzel
311, The Brick, Minneapolis
8   Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw
     Norway Day
     Warped Tour

9  American Idol
    Kevin Costner
American Idol Live at the Target Center
10 11  Neil Diamond 12 13  Movie: Ice Age 4
      Owl City

Aquatennial - milk carton boat races  
14   Art at St Kate's
       Deep Blues
       Food Fight

Midwest Tomato Fest, downtown Minneapolis
15  Bastille Day
      Kid Rock

Aquatennial - milk carton boat races
16   17   18   19 20  Movie: Dark Knight Rises

Dark Knight Rises
21   Agate Stampede

Aquatennial - milk carton boat races


24 25   Merle Haggard
& Kris Kristofferson

27   Foreigner

Olympics on NBC


30 31

Twin Cities Calendar for July  2012
July 1 fair                  Hmong International Sports TournamentComo Park ($4) -- soccer, volleyball, flag football,
                        kato, top spin, golf, 50,000+ people attend, 400 merchandise booths, 120 food booths

band               Star-Spangled Salute to America, Minnesota Orchestra, Ted Mann Concert Hall, UofM (2pm)
July 2-4 fair                  Chanhassen's 4th of July Celebration, City Center Park & Lake Ann Park
July 3 movie              Amazing Spider-man -- Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Rhys Ifans -- here's the trailer
fair                  Bloomington Summer Fete, Normandale Lake Bandshell, 84th St & Chalet Rd, Bloomington
July 3-4 fair                  Eagan Funfest, Central Park Community Center, Eagan
July 3-10,
16-18, 27-31
baseball         Saints, Midway Stadium
July 4 holiday           Independence Day (see fireworks list below)
                 Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon, St Anthony Main, Mpls (6:30am)

July 4, 5, 12,
19, 26
water ski        Bayside Ski Team, Edgewater Park, Albert Lea, MN (free)
July 5 movie              Part of Me -- Katy Perry documentary -- trailer
July 5, 12, 14,
15, 19, 26
water ski        River Rats, 1758 W River Rd. North (near Broadway), Minneapolis (free) -- samples 
July 6-7 music fair       Basilica Block Party, Basilica of St Mary, 88 N 17th St, Mpls ($40+) 
July 7 show tunes     Idina Menzel, Orpheum Theatre (8pm, $44) -- here's Defying Gravity
rock                 Santana, Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater (9pm, $35+) -- here's Black Magic Woman
rock                 311, The Brick, Minneapolis (8pm, $48) -- here's Love Song
July 7-8 history            Archaeology Weekend, Sibley House Historic Site, 1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Mendota (1-4pm, $7)
art fair
           Hopkins Arts Festival, Hopkins Art Center
July 7, 12 basketball     Lynx, Target Center -- here are Highlights of the 2011 Champions
July 7-15 fair                  Raspberry Festival, Hopkins
July 8 country          Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Target Field (4:30pm, $40+)
                 Norway Day, Wabun Picnic Area D, Minnehaha Park, 4801 S Minnehaha Park Dr, Mpls (10-4pm, free)
punk, metal   Warped Tour, Canterbury Park, Shakopee (11am-9pm, $34, bus ride) -- here's the bands
July 9 TV idols         American Idol Live, Target Center (7pm, $31)
country          Kevin Costner and Modern West, Guthrie Theater (7:30pm, $37)
July 9, 13,
16, 26, 29
basketball     Minnesota Lynx, Target Center
July 11 pop                 Neil Diamond, Xcel Center (7pm, $55)
          White Bear Avenue, St. Paul (7pm, free)
July 11-12 rock                Blood, Sweat, & Tears; Dakota Jazz Club (&pm & 9pm, $40+) -- You've Made Me So Very Happy 
July 11-15 fair                  Ramsey County Fair, Maplewood (free)
July 12, 14, 18 flood help      Trail Repair Work Days, Duluth
July 12.19, 26 music              Music in Mears, Mears Park, downtown St. Paul (6-9pm, free)
July 13 movie              Ice Age 4 - Continental Drift -- voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary,
                         Queen Latifah, and Jennifer Lopez -- here's the trailer
hip-hop          Mally & Culture Cry Wolf,
Northrop Mall, Uof M (7pm, free)
electro            Owl City, Varsity Theater (6:30pm, $20) -- here's Fireflies
July 13-15,
soccer             Schwan's USA Cup, National Sports Center, Blaine
July 13-21 fair                  Minneapolis Aquatennial, Lake Calhoun ~ ~- pictures  ~ ~ list of highlights below
July 13, 20, 26 water ski        Little Crow Water Ski Shows, Neer Park, New London, MN (7:30pm, $5)
                         >> In one trick, 3 water skiers ski  around the boat (no sound) or 5 around the boat
July 14 art fair            Art at St. Kate's, St. Catherine University, Randolph & Cleveland Av, St Paul (10am-5pm, free)
drums              Drum Corps International, TCF Bank Stadium (1:30pm, $30+)
blues               Roots, Rock, & Deep Blues Music Festival, Patrick's Cabaret (noon-9pm, $10)
food fight       Midwest Tomato Fest, 395 Portland Av S, Minneapolis (noon-7pm, $40)
                         >> Food and music for the first six hours, then tomato fight from 6-7pm.
food fair          Veg Fest for vegetarians, vegans, & omnivores, Coffman Union, UofM (10am-5pm, free)
July 14-15 fair                  Dragon Festival, Lake Phalen
July 14-22 fair                  Spirit of the Lakes Festival, Mound, MN
July 15 block party   Bastille Day Block Party, Barbette, Irving & Lagoon, Minneapolis (3pm, free)
rock                Kid RockMystic Lake, Shakopee Mdewakanton Community, Prior Lake (7pm)
July 18-20 electro music  Global Dance Festival, The Brick, 111-5th St N, Minneapolis
July 19-21 rock                Moondance Jam, Moodance Saloon, Walker, MN (maps)  -- Kid Rock, John Fogerty, Heart, & Hinder
July 19-22 rock                Rock Fest, Cadott, WI
                         >> July 19th - Buckcherry
                          July 20th - Five Finger Death Punch & Godsmack
                          July 21st - Alice Cooper & Iron Maiden
                          July 22nd - Firehouse, Poison & Def Leppard
July 20 movie              Dark Knight Rises - Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, & Morgan Freeman -- trailer 
July 20-22 car show        Car Craft Summer Nationals, State Fairground
fair                  Highland Fest, Highland Park, St Paul
fair                  Middle Eastern Festival, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1250 Oakdale, West St. Paul (free)
July 21 rocks              Agate Stampede, Elm Av, Moose Lake, MN (2-4pm)
July 22 food, music    Legume Liberation (veggie), Gastro Non Grata & Pink Mink, Turf Club, University & Snelling (7pm, $13)
July 24-29
fair                  Anoka County Fair, Anoka
July 25 country          Merle Haggard & Kris Kristofferson, State Theatre (7:30pm, $59+) -- here's I'll Just Stay Here & Drink
July 26 Beatles          1964 Tribute band, Ted Mann Concert Hall, UofM West Bank (7:30pm)
July 27 rock                Foreigner, Grand Casino Mille Lacs (8pm, $30+) -- here's Waiting For A Girl Like You
metal              Steel Panther, The Brick,
111-5th St N, Mpls (9pm, $25, sold out) -- here's Community Property (censored)
July 27-28 fair                  Carifest, W. River Road (between Broadway & Plymouth), Mpls (free)
music, camping
 Soundtown, Somerset Amphitheater, Somerset, WI -- cancelled
July 27-29 water ski        Midwest Regional Water Ski Tournament, Edgewater Park, Albert Lea, MN (free, map)
                 River City Days,
City Square Park, Chaska
fair                  Slice of Shoreview, Island Lake Park, Shoreview
July 27-Aug 12 TV sports       Olympics on NBC, 30th Olympiad, London (NBC stream, BBC1 & Eurosport streaming from AtdheNet)
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July 28-29
art fair            Minnesota River Arts Fair, The Landing at Three Rivers Park, 2187 Highway 101 East, Shakopee
art fair
           Owatonna Festival of the Arts, Central Park, Owatonna, MN
art fair            Red Hot Art, Stevens Square Park, 1905 3rd Av S, Minneapolis
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Independence Day - Fourth of July 2012 - Fireworks Displays 

Apple Valley - Johnny Cake Ridge Park - fireworks start at 10pm
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)
Maplewood - Hazelwood Park - Light It Up (4pm) - fireworks 10pm (no coolers)

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
Richfield - Veteran's Park - fireworks start at 10pm 
Roseville - Central Park over Bennett Lake - fireworks start at 10pm
St. Cloud - Mississippi River between Hester and Wilson Parks at 10pm
St. Paul - ???
Shakopee - Shakopee Mdewakanton Wacipi, 3212 Dakotah Parkway, Prior Lake (10pm)
White Bear Lake - Memorial Beach - fireworks start at 10pm (rain date July 5th)
Woodbury - Ojibway Park, 2695 Ojibway Drive (music 6-10pm, fireworks 10pm)
also Valleyfair, Shakopee - fireworks start at 9:50pm (& every night June 15-Aug 19)

Here was our list for 2011, 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:
July 4th in Minnesota
* 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 (2012 info)
July 13 - Aquatennial Block Party, Nicollet Mall (at 3rd & 4th St.) (5-11pm) Aquatennial's official kick-off
July 15 - Milk Carton Boat Races & Sandcastle Competition, Thomas Beach, Lake Calhoun (10am-4pm)
July 18 - Torchlight Parade, Hennepin Av (from Dunwoody Blvd to 5th St.), (8:30-10:30pm)
July 21 - Fireworks, West River Parkway (from Portland Av to the 3rd Av Bridge), (6-10pm)

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