UPDATE 7/4/24 9:30 AM: Rochester 4th Fest activities have been cancelled  due to anticipated inclement weather.

If weather permits, the fireworks will be rescheduled for tomorrow, July 5.

City of Rochester Emergency Management Director Captain Jon Turk says, “Canceling an event is never easy, especially when it is a summer tradition like the Fourth of July fireworks. Ultimately our top priority is the safety of our community and what is driving this decision.”

Rochester 4th FEST WEATHER UPDATE (7/3/2024): The City of Rochester says they will make a decision around 3pm today regarding 4th Fest plans due to weather forecasts. Download our mobile app to receive an alert sent to your phone when the updated plans are announced.

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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The City of Rochester has released details of its official 2024 4th Fest Independence Day celebration.

Organized by the Rochester Public Music Department, the annual 4th Fest event is free and open to the public with live music and local food and drink vendors.

The popular virtual pet parade is back this year and a special video presentation by Jean Prokott, the city’s Poet Laureate, will kick off the live entertainment. The night will be capped off with a spectacular fireworks display.

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Mayor Kim Norton shared her excitement about the event:

Few holidays bring Americans together like Independence Day, and that's why Rochester Public Music is excited to host 4th Fest at Soldiers Field Park. It's a day full of fun with live music, activities for the whole family, and a spectacular fireworks show. Come celebrate with us!”

Scroll down for details about each event, the list of food vendors, and parking information.

2024 Rochester, MN 4th of July Fest Schedule of Events

The 4th Fest in Rochester is on Thursday, July 4, 2024, with a full evening of entertainment, food, fun, and fireworks at Soldiers Field Memorial Park in Rochester.

6 p.m. - Rochester Community Band

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Rochester Community Band (City of Rochester)

Conductor Tony Bondt and the Rochester Community Band will treat your ears to patriotic and traditional concert band music starting at 6:00 pm.

The Rochester Community Band is open to everyone without needing to audition. Their mission is to offer lifelong musical enjoyment and expression through quality, challenging experiences for members while educating and entertaining families in Southeastern Minnesota.

7 p.m. - Virtual Pet Parade

The virtual pet parade was a big hit last year and is on again this year. To have your animal companion included in this pet-friendly 4th of July parade, please email their photo to publicmusic@rochestermn.gov by Wednesday, June 26, and include “Virtual Pet Parade” in the subject line. If you’d like your pet’s name displayed, please include your pet’s name in the body of the email or directly on the photo. You can submit a photo of your pet in patriotic gear, a fun costume, or just being their adorable selves!

8:25 p.m. - Jean Prokott, Rochester Poet Laureate

Jean Prokott, Rochester Poet Laureate
Jean Prokott, Rochester Poet Laureate

Jean Prokott will have a short poetic video presentation before the concert starts. Prokott is a local high school English teacher encouraging her students to write and participate in the poetry community. She is an award-winning writer and an engaging poetry reader with sharp wit and humor. Mayor Norton selected Prokott as Poet Laureate for Rochester in April 2023.

8:30 p.m. - Free Fallin The Tom Petty Concert Experience

Free Fallin The Tom Petty Concert Experience rochester mn
Free Fallin The Tom Petty Concert Experience

Free Fallin has been performing Tom Petty's music internationally for almost 17 years, evolving into a complete and spectacular live music production that recreates the thrill of attending an actual Tom Petty concert. Their show, featuring all of Tom's hits, includes instruments and clothes that re-create the authentic experience of attending one of the Heartbreaker's shows.

10 p.m. - Fireworks

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Fireworks (Canva)

The 4th of July fireworks show will begin in Rochester, MN around 10:00 PM at Soldiers Field Memorial Park.

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Food and Beverage Vendor List For 4th Fest in Rochester, MN

Cabin Coffee Co.

F&J Compadres

Infuzn Foods

Little Thistle Brewing Company

Minne'SNO'da Shaved Ice

Reubens and Things Tips and Tails

The Wandering Scoop

Thesis Beer Project

True Smoke BBQ

Where to Park for 4th Fest in Rochester, MN

Here is a list of free parking options for 4th Fest in Rochester, MN.

- All City and residential side streets, unless marked otherwise.

3rd Street Parking Ramp (100 3rd St SW)

Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial Parking Lot (7th St. SW) (NOTE: The entire west half of this lot will be designated as accessible parking)

Soldiers Field Swimming Pool Parking Lot (Soldiers Field Dr. SW)

Roy Sutherland Playground Parking Area (Soldiers Field Dr. SW)

Street Parking (Soldiers Field Dr. SW, George Gibbs Dr. SW)

Soldiers Field Parking Lot, Across the River (Broadway Ave S) (NOTE: Follow detour along a temporary path to an alternate bridge crossing)

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