Freeloader Fourth of July

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Just because the Fourth of July falls on hump day doesn't mean you can't party in style on Tuesday and Wednesday. Even better: There's a bunch of things happening around town that won't cost you a dime, from free movies to bike rides to big firework shows. So whether you're looking to watch pyrotechnics with the crowds or prefer to dance it up at a DJ night, we've got you covered.

Tuesday, July 3

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Before The Avengers there was Captain America
Red, White, and Boom!: Day 1
(Nicollet Island Pavilion)

Tuesday night's celebration features live music from Romantica and a screening of Captain America. Visit www.mplsredwhiteboom.com for more info. 7-11 p.m.

Family Fun Tuesdays
(Caponi Art Park, 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan, 651-454-9412, www.caponiartpark.org)

Bring the kids for an afternoon with raptors and hands-on activities from folks from Dodge Nature Center. 10 a.m.

July Conspiracy Series: Gabe Barnett & the Big House Rounders
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

9:30 p.m.

9 Nights of Music: Southside Aces
(Minnesota History Center: 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 651-259-3000)

6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 4

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Red, White, and Boom!
(Various locations)

Come early and grab a spot and enjoy the biggest fireworks show in Minnesota. Different locations will be offering different activities, ranging from live music to family activities. Visit www.mplsredwhiteboom.com for more info. 5-11 p.m.  

Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks
(Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-823-1141)

Head over to the park for live music, food, and family fun. The fireworks start at 10 p.m. 1 p.m.

The Depot's 3rd Annual Diamond Dog-Eating Contests
(The Depot Tavern, 17 N. 7th. St., Minneapolis, 612-338-1828, www.thedepottavern.com)

Summertime holidays are all about grilled treats, right? Watch folks eat more hot dogs in moments than you probably do all year. Hosted by Bobby Kahn. 2 p.m.

Blaine's Blazin' Fourth

(National Sports Center, 1700 105th Ave. NE, Blaine, 763-785-5600, www.nscsports.org)

Head out to the National Sports Center for a big fireworks display. For more info visit www.blainefestival.org. 10 p.m.

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Freedom From Pants Ride
(The Soap Factory, 514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis)

This casual, slow-paced ride features a few stops for BYOB drinking and chatting. Meet in the lot next to the Soap Factory in your best underoos, tighty whities, lingerie, or swimsuits. The ride will return in time to enjoy the Red, White, and Boom! fireworks. 6-11:30 p.m.

Tramps Like Us, The Fontanelles, Hand Sand Hands
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

Music before and after the fireworks. 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Transmission
(Clubhouse Jager: 923 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-332-2686)

Keep the party going with DJ Jake Rudh. 10 p.m.

North Country Bandits
(Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues Uptown: 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-9900)

6:30 p.m.

The Mystic Order of Reverb & Twang
(Lee's Liquor Lounge: 101 Glenwood Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-9491)

8 p.m.

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