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1 2  Brazilian
    free Lego
    Social Distortion

3  Despicable Me 2
    Island Block
    Lone Ranger
Despicable Me 2 opens July 3rd
4   Independence Day 
  Independence Day
see below)
fireworks shows listed below
5   Bad Company
& Joan Jett
     Umphreys McGee
6   J4

Hmong Sports Tournament, Como Park
7    J4

Hmong Sports Tournament, Como Park
Jimmy Eat World
    Paint Party
Paint Party at Epic Minneapolis
9  Alice In Chains
    Counting Crows
10  Bob Dylan
& Wilco

      Steve Kaul

Bob Dylan and more at Midway Stadium
11  free Slurpee
12  Hinder
  Kenny Chesney
Pacific Rim

Basilica Block Party, Minneapolis
13   Art at St Kate's
       Deep Blues
       Drum Corp

Basilica Block Party, Minneapolis
14  Bastille Day
      Food Fight

Aquatennial - milk carton boat races
Midwest Tomato Fest, downtown Minneapolis
15   16  Dick Dale 17 18   Beyoncé
       One Direction
Beyonce at Xcel Center on July 18
19  Alexander O’Neal
      Caitlin Rose
      Merle Haggard

20  New Kids

Aquatennial - milk carton boat races
21 Peter Frampton
     Sarah Silverman
Warped Tour

22  One Republic
    Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

 full moon
23 Unhinged 24   NSA Vote

26  Skyline Music
27  BJ Thomas
Brian Wilson
      Hmong Dance
      Lowertown Roots

28  Alabama Shakes

29 30 31  Best Coast
      Mass Marriage Madness

Twin Cities Calendar for July  2013
July 1-3 history              Battle of Gettysburg (150 years ago)
July 2 Brazil music    Dibigode with Choro Borealis, Fine Line Cafe (7:30pm, $12)
kids                   free Lego crab, Lego Store, Mall of America (5pm) -- ages 6 to 14 only & while supplies last
punk                 Social Distortion, Cabooze (6pm, $30) -- here's the Story Of My Life
July 3 movie                Despicable Me 2, best trailer of 2012
block party      Island Block, Treasure Island Casino, Welch, MN (7:30pm, fireworks at dusk, free)
movie                Lone Ranger, with Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp
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)
              Freedom From Pants Ride VII, vacant lot behind 616 - 2nd Av SE, Minneapolis (6pm, free of pants)
                    Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon, St Anthony Main, Mpls (6:30am)
civil rights        Restore the Fourth, Hennepin County Government Plaza, Minneapolis (6pm)
reopening         Liberty Island (after damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012), New York City
July 4-7 sci-fi con           CONvergence - British Invasion, Doubletree, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington ($100, schedule)
July 5 astronomy       Aphelion (Earth is farthest from the Sun, 10am CST)
rock                  Bad Company & Joan Jett, Grand Casino Hinckley (8pm, $30+, fireworks after) -- here's Bad Company
Hmong rock    Destiny Band, Myth, Maplewood (8pm, $20) -- here's Nyiag Hlub Koj
rock                  Umphreys McGee, Cabooze, Minneapolis (7pm, $25+) -- here's Much Obliged
July 6 rock                  Cheap Trick, Weesner Amphitheater, Minnesota Zoo (7:30pm, $67+)
July 6-7 fair                    Hmong International Sports Tournament - J4Como Park ($4) -- soccer, volleyball, flag football,
                          kato, top spin, golf, 50,000+ people attend, 400 merchandise booths, 120 food booths
July 6 & 13 basketball       Minnesota Mist (bikini basketball), Green Central Gym, 3416 4th Av S, Minneapolis (4pm)
July 6-9,
18-21, 26-28,
baseball           Saints, Midway Stadium
July 7, 9, 24 basketball       Minnesota Lynx, Target Center 
July 8 rock                  Jimmy Eat World, First Avenue (7pm, $25) -- here's The Middle
messy teens      Paint Party (ages 16 to 20), Epic Minneapolis (7pm, $15) -- wear non-important white  
July 9 rock                  Alice In Chains, Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul (7:30pm, $43) -- here's Rooster
rock                  Counting Crows, Myth, Maplewood (6:30pm) -- here's Round Here
traffic               sinkhole in 2nd Av (between 6th & 7th), Target Center without water, Minneapolis
July 9-10 rock                  Dawes, First Avenue (7:30pm, $20) -- here's When My Time Comes
July 10 rock fair          Americanarana Music Festival, Midway Stadium, St. Paul (4:30pm, $68+)
                          >> Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, & Richard Thompson Electric Trio
pre-industry   Steve Kaul & The Brass Kings, Northrop Plaza, UofM (noon, free) -- here's Smokeys Night
July 10-14 fair                    Ramsey County Fair, Maplewood (free) 
July 11 food                  free Slurpee (small), 7-Eleven (11am-7pm)
hip-hop            Mystikal, Cabooze (10pm, $20+) -- here's Shake It Fast
samba, jazz      Viva Brazil, Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis (7pm, free)
July 12 rock                  Hinder, Jackpot Junction, Morton MN ($10+) -- here's Lips of an Angel  
country             Kenny Chesney & Zac Brown Band, Target Field (5pm, $102+) -- here's There Goes My Life
film                    Minnesota Delivery, Amsterdam Bar, 6th & Wabasha, St. Paul (7:30pm, $15) -- here's the trailer
movie                Pacific Rim, giant monsters v. giant robots -- here's the trailer
July 12-13 music fair         Basilica Block Party, Basilica of St Mary, 88 N 17th St, Mpls ($40+)
July 12-14 fair                    Mazeppa Daze, Mazeppa, MN -- softball, volleyball, duck races, parade, & fireworks
July 12-Aug 4 musical             Producers by Mel Brooks, Phipps Center, Hudson, WI ($24)
July 13 art fair              Art at St. Kate's, St. Catherine University, Randolph & Cleveland Av, St. Paul (10am-5pm, free)
dance DJs        Bassgasm 9, First Avenue (5pm, $20)
blues                 Deep Blues Festival, Patrick's Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Av S, Mpls (1-10pm, $20) - 28 bands - 3 stages
drums                Drum Corps International, TCF Bank Stadium (1:30pm, $35+)
clean fun           Foam, Epic Minneapolis (10pm, $10) -- shoulder high on whom?
truck racing     Supertrucks, Metrodome (6:30pm, $33+)
July 13-14
air show           Air Expo, Flying Cloud Airport, Eden Prairie (9-5pm, $15)
                Agate Days, Moose Lake, MN
fair                     Dragon Festival, Lake Phalen (free, 10am-5pm)
water ski           Greater Midwest Open, Trophy Lake Estates, New Germany, MN
art fair               Hopkins Arts Festival (free, 10am-5pm)
July 13-21 fair                     Raspberry Festival, Hopkins
July 14 block party      Bastille Day Block Party, Barbette, Irving & Lagoon, Minneapolis (3pm, free)
  Bruno Mars, Xcel Center (7:30pm, $30+) -- here's the Lazy Song
food fight
         Midwest Tomato Fest, 395 Portland Av S, Minneapolis (1pm-4pm, $40)
                           >> Food and music, then tomato fight.
latin, bachata  Zacarías Ferreira, Epic Minneapolis (9pm, $50) -- here's Quédate Conmigo  
July 14-15 rock                   Alice Cooper, State Theatre (7:30pm, $44+)
July 14-20 fair                     Minneapolis Aquatennial, Lake Calhoun ~ ~- pictures  ~ ~ list of highlights below
July 16 surf guitar        Dick Dale, Cabooze (8pm, $23+) -- here's the Ed Sullivan show
July 17 film                    Ride Lonesome (1959) & James Best (in person), Heights Theatre, Columbia Heights (7:30pm, $12)
July 18 pop                    Beyoncé, Xcel Center (8pm, $47+) -- here's The Best Thing I Never Had
metal                 Godsmack, Myth, Maplewood (6:30pm, $42) -- here's I Stand Alone (20 million hits)
talk                    James Best (actor), Heights Theatre, Columbia Heights (7:30pm, $16)
metal                 Ken Mode, Surf Club, St. Paul (9pm, $12) -- here's Extending Common Courtesy  
folk                    Lily & Madeleine, Bryant Lake Bowl (8pm, $10) -- here's In The Middle
pop                    One Direction, Target Center (7:30pm, $30+) -- here's Kiss You (144 million hits)
July 18-20 rock                   Moondance Jam, Moodance Saloon, Walker, MN -- Mötley Crüe, Cheap Trick, Bachman-Turner...
fair                     Spirit of the Lakes Festival, Mound, MN
July 18-21 rock                   Rock Fest, Cadott, WI
                            >> July 18th - Three Days Grace, Seether
                            July 19th - Korn, Offspring
                            July 20th - Kiss, Megadeth, Stone Sour
                            July 21st - Mötley Crüe, Whitesnake, Skillet
July 19 r&b                   Alexander O’Neal, First Avenue (8pm, $20) -- here's Criticize 
folk, country
   Caitlin Rose, Turf Club, St. Paul (9pm, $14) -- here's Own Side
            Merle Haggard, State Theatre (8pm, $54) -- here's Mama Tried 
July 19-21 car show           Car Craft Summer Nationals, State Fairground (free)
fair                     Highland Fest, Highland Park, St Paul -- art fair, business fair, home expo
fair                     Middle Eastern Festival, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1250 Oakdale, West St. Paul (free)
July 20 country              Martina McBride, Jackpot Junction, Morton MN($40+) -- here's Concrete Angel
pop                     New Kids on the Block, 98°, & Boyz II Men; Target Center (7:30, $30+)
July 20-21 view                   Highland Park Water Tower open house, Snelling Av & Ford Prkwy, St. Paul (9am-5pm, free) -- ad
art fair               Minnesota River Arts Fair, The Landing at Three Rivers Park, 2187 Highway 101 East, Shakopee
July 21 rock                   Peter Frampton, State Theatre (7:30pm, $54+) -- here's Do You Feel Like I Do
             Sarah Silverman, Mystic Lake Casino, Shakopee Mdewakanton, Prior Lake (7pm, $68)
punk, metal
     Warped Tour, Canterbury Park, Shakopee (11am-9pm, $34, bus ride)
July 22 pop rock           One Republic, Myth, Maplewood (6:30pm, $43) -- here's All The Right Moves & Secrets
          Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell, State Theatre (7:30pm, $44+)
July 23 comedy              Unhinged Variety Hour, Fearless Comedy Productions, Honey, 205 E Hennepin Av, Mpls (7:30pm, $8)
July 23-28
fair                     Anoka County Fair, Anoka ($9)
July 24 privacy              NSA Vote, U.S. House of Representatives (HR 2397) -- find your U.S. Representative (vote: 205-217)
July 26 football             Minnesota Valkyrie v. Chicago Bliss, Target Center (9pm, $18+) -- here's a 2011 game
                  Skyline Music Festival, Target Field (4pm, $25+) -- Soul Asylum, Big Head Todd, Matthew Sweet
movie                 Wolverine stars Hugh Jackman as the Marvel superhero from the X-Men -- here's the trailer
July 26-27 fair                     Carifest, W. River Road (between Broadway & Plymouth), Mpls (free)
July 26-28 tribute rock      Legends in Concert, Mystic Lake Casino, Shakopee Mdewakanton, Prior Lake (8pm, $27)
                    River City Days,
City Square Park, Chaska
fair                     Slice of Shoreview, Island Lake Park, Shoreview
July 27 pop                    BJ Thomas, Pantages Theatre (8pm, $33) -- here's Hooked On A Feeling (with electric sitar)
beach rock
      Brian Wilson
Weesner Amphitheater, Minnesota Zoo (7:30pm, $64+)
Hmong dance  Deep Roots Lush Leaves, Iny Dance Theater, UROC Gallery, 2001 Plymouth Av N, Mpls (11am, free)
dating               End of the World, Nerds at Heart, Devil's Advocate, 89 S 10th St, Mpls (4-7pm, $30)
blues, Nordic   Lowertown Roots Music Festival, Mears Park, St. Paul (2:30-10pm, free)
                            >> Paul Dahlin Spelmanslag, Nordic Angst, High 48s, Randy Sabien's Violin Roots,
                            C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band
July 27-28 art fair               Owatonna Festival of the Arts, Central Park, Owatonna, MN
July 28 rock                    Alabama Shakes, Cabooze (7pm, $30, sold out) -- here's Hold On
July 30-Aug 4 play                    Les Misérables, Orpheum Theatre
July 31 surf rock            Best Coast, First Avenue (8pm, $15) -- here's Our Deal  
civil rights        Midnight Mass Marriage Madness, Patrick's Cabaret (10:30pm, free) -- poster
July 31-Aug 4 fair                      Washington County Fair, Lake Elmo
Minnesota celebrates July 4th

Independence Day - Fourth of July (2013) - Fireworks Displays 

Apple Valley - Johnny Cake Ridge Park - fireworks start at 10pm
Blaine - National Sports Center - fireworks after soccer game ($14+)
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
Excelsior - Lake Minnetonka - Common Park  - fireworks at dusk
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)
view from the Stone Arch Bridge, Gold Medal Park, Mpls rooftops, or Lake Calhoun
Prior Lake - Watzel's Beach in Lakefront Park - fireworks after 10pm (see Shakopee below)
Richfield - Veteran's Park: 64th St & Portland or 66th St & Chicago - 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. Louis Park - Aquila Park -
fireworks start at 10pm
St. Paul - Harriet Island or view from Kellogg Av Park, Indian Mounds Park, & Science Museum stairs at dusk (or 10:15pm). Sheppard Road will be closed.
Shakopee - Shakopee Mdewakanton Wacipi, Prior Lake (music 5-10pm, fireworks 10pm)
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Wacipi Grounds,
3212 Dakotah Parkway, are south of County Road 42 between County Road 83 (Canterbury Road) and County Road 17 (Marschall Road). (No coolers.)
White Bear Lake - Memorial Beach - fireworks start at 10pm (rain date July 5th)
Woodbury  - Ojibway Park (by Woodbury HS), 2695 Ojibway Drive (music 7-10pm, fireworks 10pm)
also Valleyfair, Shakopee - fireworks start at 9:50pm (& each 10pm night June 15-Sept 1)

Here were our lists for 2012, 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.

MN Fireworks Laws - Fact Sheet, MN Dept of Public Safety, & Minneapolis information (more)

The Aquatennial is the biggest Minneapolis fair of the year (2013 info)
July 14 - Milk Carton Boat Races & Sandcastle Competition, Thomas Beach, Lake Calhoun (10:30am-4pm)
July 17 - Torchlight Parade, Hennepin Av (from Dunwoody Blvd to 5th St.), (8:30-10:30pm)
July 20 - Fireworks, West River Parkway (from Portland Av to the 3rd Av Bridge), (6-10:30pm)

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