The kids were asking to see fireworks this year so we wanted to attempt to make it happen. Bedtime is usually 7:30-8 and fireworks don't start here until after 10 so we knew it was going to be some work. There were really only two shows: July 3rd Monday night one option and July 4th lots of options. We decided to shoot for the Monday night so if it didn't work we had a back up night on the 4th.
We stopped for dessert on the way in Edina at Yogurt Lab:
Then made it to Bloomington for the Summer Fete display. We parked in a parking ramp and then walked over to a higher ramp and camped out at the top of that. Everyone around us hadn't been there in the past so we weren't sure if we were going to have a good view or not, or if the building that was somewhat in that direction would be in the way....
The kids tried to stay occupied while we waited but still asked every 3 minutes if they were starting yet.
They got to see some off in a distance the other way.
Wrestle time, getting anxious for the show to start.
Once they started, they did end up being somewhat behind the building so most everyone walked to the south for a better view near the edge of the top of the ramp.
Mary loved them (as did Isaac, he remembers seeing them last year). Emma was not such a fan.
She wanted to snuggle with me and ended up falling asleep, lol. We were pretty close so they were somewhat loud (which is what we were going for, for the 'real' experience)
The show finished and we got back to our van to wait in the long, long line of traffic to exit the ramp. Everyone was asleep by the time we got home, so it was straight to bed.