This festival in the Hometown of Ronald Reagan features music, a carnival, fireworks and a parade.
More than 20 bands perform in Rotary Park during this free festival, which includes artisans, food, beer, wine and fireworks on the Fourth and on Sunday.
In LeClaire Park on the river, blues musicians celebrate the music that traveled up the Mississippi.
Des Moines, IA
This indie and jam music festival (named for the junction of two interstates) is at Western Gateway Park.
Deer River, MN
This northern town near Grand Rapids offers a powwow Friday, wild-rice lunch, bike rodeo, sawdust scramble, singing competition and fireworks Saturday and a parade Sunday.
There's a carnival, pet parade, ice-cream eating contest and live bands in the town on the Fox River.
This music and arts festival in the Longfellow neighborhood, near Harriet Brewery and Midtown light-rail station, features five stages and 20 bands, including Cornbread Harris, Erik Koskinen and Kent Burnside and the New Generation.
This town on the St. Croix River celebrates with a concert, hike, cruise, kids' fishing derby, Native American celebration and Civil War encampment and ice cream social at the Octagon House.
New London, MN
In this lakes town near Sibley State Park, there's a water-ski show, parade, kids' fishing derby and fireworks.
Sauk Centre, MN
The hometown of the Nobel Prize-winning author celebrates with turtle races, bicycle stunts, Friday fireworks, a craft fair, music and a parade Saturday.
This indie and alt-rock festival is in Union Park. Headliners include Mavis Staples, Low and the Isley Brothers.
In addition to free sweet corn, there will be Friday fireworks, a doughnut-hole eating contest, a kiddie tractor pull, carnival rides and a parade Saturday.
This festival on the shores of Lake Minnewaska is famous for its lighted pontoon parade on Saturday, followed by fireworks. On Sunday, there's a parade on land, followed by a water-ski show.
Crystal Lake, IL
Watch or enter the cardboard-boat races on Main Beach, where prizes are awarded in many categories.
Battle Lake, MN
The festival in this lake-resort town near Glendalough State Park features walking tours, human foosball, turtle races, Civil War reenactors, a water-ski show and a parade at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by a street dance and fireworks.