Iron Range Fourth of July 2019

The week surrounding the Fourth of July on the Mesabi Iron Range combines patriotism, public drinking, explosives and a lovely shade of twilight. PHOTO: Aaron J. Brown

It’s time for another Iron Range Fourth of July in Northern Minnesota.

Regardless of economic or political winds, the region always unites for an exuberant observation of Independence Day. In local custom, the festivities often last several days (up to a month during layoffs).

Below is MinnesotaBrown’s annual Iron Range Fourth of July listing for parades, fireworks displays and street dances centered in the days before and after Independence Day. This list mostly covers the Iron Range, Brainerd Lakes, Bemidji and Duluth areas.

Most of these towns schedule a wide variety of other events, including races, kids’ activities and live music, too numerous to list here. You will see links where they are available. This Iron Range Fourth of July schedule is a start, for people planning to catch several celebrations or wondering what fits into family schedules during a trip to the Iron Range.

You’ll see a list of other popular local events happening after the Fourth of July at the end.

You might also enjoy my popular essay “Things You Will See at Your First Iron Range Fourth of July.”

Iron Range Fourth of July

Celebrate the 4th of July in Northern Minnesota

Graphic image by Aaron J. Brown based on the iconic Benjamin Franklin political cartoon.

Friday, June 28-Sunday, June 30

Tuesday, July 2

Wednesday, July 3

Thursday, July 4

A Steelworkers Fourth of July float in an Iron Range parade. PHOTO: United Steelworkers, Flickr CC

Friday, July 5

Saturday, July 6

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Looking ahead:

Did I miss something? Contact me directly.

Aaron J. Brown is an instructor at Hibbing Community College. His blog MinnesotaBrown.com covers Iron Range news, politics and culture. He hosts the Great Northern Radio Show and co-hosts the podcast Dig Deep on Northern Community Radio. His book “Overburden: Modern Life on the Iron Range” won a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award.