SAINT PAUL – Mayor Chris Coleman today announced that Saint Paul’s annual fireworks display will continue, despite the flood affecting Harriet Island and other low-lying areas of the City. Originally part of the event plan for “A Taste of Minnesota,” the fireworks show will instead be held at the State Capitol Mall on July 4, at approximately 10:00 p.m.
“Fireworks have long been a part of our Independence Day celebration, and despite the flooding, I am excited that this important tradition will continue,” said Mayor Coleman. “We want to thank Visit Saint Paul, the Minnesota Wild, and Wells Fargo for sponsoring this event on such short notice. I encourage families to pack a blanket, take light rail or bus to the Capitol Mall and enjoy an incredible display of fireworks.”
The family friendly event is free and the Capitol Mall will open to the public beginning at 8:00 p.m. Pre-packaged food and beverages are allowed, but grills, alcohol, and personal fireworks are prohibited. Additionally, the fireworks will not be visible from the Mississippi River area and residents are reminded to use commonsense and abide by all park and road closures, which are clearly marked.
The event area will be closed to vehicle traffic from Rice Street to Cedar Street and from University Avenue to 12th Street West. While there are parking ramps around the area, visitors are encouraged to take public transit, including light rail and bus, to and from the show.