Looking for some family friendly events this 4th of July in the Twin Cities? These events are great for the kids and great for the family. Take in a little history and then go have a run. After that grab a blanket, a basket picnic and ooh and ahh the night away.

Red, White and Boom! TC Half Marathon

Get your run on this year with the Red, White and Boom! TC Half Marathon. This is the 4th annual Red, White and Boom! TC Half Marathon and this year they’re running for the victims of the Boston Marathon. Celebrate Independence Day by raising funds for Boston. Click here to go to the website for more information.

Gettysburg Anniversary Commemoration

July 1-4: Celebrate Independence Day and remember the 150th anniversary of the Civil War as the Minnesota Historical Society hosts a four-day salute to the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the fall of Vicksburg. There will be re-enactors, a tribute, lectures, games, Nine Nights of Music concert and an ice cream social. Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. 651-259-3000 or minnesotahistorycenter.org.

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