St. Paul's fireworks move to State Capitol Mall

  • Updated: June 30, 2014 - 8:08 PM
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Don’t flock to the river to see fireworks in St. Paul on July 4th. Flooding on Harriet Island means they’ll be set off on the Capitol Mall on Friday.

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Fireworks are no good wet.

The city of St. Paul announced Monday that its annual July 4th fireworks show will be moved from flooded Harriet Island to the State Capitol Mall on Friday.

The fireworks display was supposed to be part of Taste of Minnesota, which was also forced to relocate this week to the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia because of the high water.

“Fireworks have long been a part of our Independence Day celebration, and despite the flooding, I am excited that this important tradition will continue,” Mayor Chris Coleman said.

The Capitol Mall will open to the public beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday with the free show starting around 10 p.m. Prepackaged food and drinks are allowed, but grills, alcohol and personal fireworks are not. The event area will be closed to vehicles from Rice Street to Cedar Street and from University Avenue to 12th Street W.

The fireworks will not likely be visible from the Mississippi River area.

Nicole Norfleet

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