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Many food trucks took to the Mississippi River in St. Cloud for the 4th of July

Many food trucks took to the Mississippi River in St. Cloud for the 4th of July

St. Cloud is hosting an Independence Day party.

Fireworks are back over the Mississippi River, and it’s a great view no matter which side of the river you choose to view them from. The show, which begins at 10 p.m., will be held between Hester and Wilson parks.

In addition to the fireworks, there will also be food trucks and bands, with activities beginning at noon. The community band will begin playing at 8 p.m., according to Explore Minnesota. The band will play the Star Spangled Banner, Gavorkna Fanfare, Liberty Bell and God Bless America.

As for food, there will be plenty of trucks present, including Jupiter Moon Ice Cream, Buddy’s Burritos, Mr. Egg Roll, Dana’s Kitchen, Amaizen Grazen Karmel Korn and many more.

Legal fireworks in Minnesota

The following sparklers, which are non-explosive and non-airy, are permitted under Minnesota law:

  • Cylindrical fountain
  • Conical fountain
  • Lighted torch
  • Wheel
  • Ground spinner
  • Flash

All types of rockets are illegal, including air, bottle and rocket rockets. Fireworks, ladyfingers and parachutes are also illegal, as are chasers and air grenades.

Safety Tips for July 4th

1. Wear safety glasses when setting off or being near fireworks.

2. Adults must always be responsible for setting off fireworks.

3. Always make sure there is water nearby and do not set off fireworks in dry areas.

4. Let fireworks that do not go off soak for 30 minutes.

5. Never set off fireworks from closed containers or glass bottles.

6. Sparklers can reach temperatures of over 2000 degrees and are dangerous for young children.

7. Never point or throw fireworks at anyone.

8. Check to see if fireworks are legal in your area before purchasing or using them.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 19,500 fires are caused by fireworks each year. According to the NFPA, burns account for more than 9,000 emergency room injuries in July.

Sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees—hot enough to melt some metals, according to the National Safety Council. Often, children drop the sparkler, setting fire to their clothes or burning their feet. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sparklers alone account for more than 25 percent of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries. Some safer alternatives include glow sticks, confetti poppers or colored streamers.