Minneapolis displayed one of the top 5 fireworks shows in the nation on Saturday night. The Aquatennial Target Fireworks show will wrap up the 3-day festival, an annual event that celebrates the spirit of the Twin Cities.
Saturday’s celebration included a parade, and the “Tour de Fat” a Twin Cities spin on the Tour de France. The bicycle marathon was hosted this year by Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing. Beer was involved. Tour de Fat encourages everyone to "embrace their inner-cyclist and ride the streets as a rolling carnival of creativity," the event's website details.
The fireworks display was expected to draw more than 250,000 spectators and include more than 10,000 pounds of fireworks.
“Believe it or not it takes between 2 to 4 hours per minute of show duration to create what you see in the sky and that's not including the time it takes to actually pack and assemble the show,” a representative of Zambelli Fireworks told Fox 9.
The fireworks launched at 10 p.m. along the Mississippi River on West River Parkway. There are 3,000 shots in the fireworks show dedicated to the finale alone. The Twin Cities' newest alternative station Go 96.3 provided music to accompany the show throughout the night.