Celebrating the Fourth of July in Stillwater

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Celebrating the Fourth of July in Stillwater

With the upcoming Fourth of July fireworks and other events in Stillwater, we’d like to provide some information about parking and where you can and can’t watch the fireworks display this year.


If you are planning to visit the Stillwater area for Fourth of July festivities and fireworks, parking will be available in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

Minnesota side

In Minnesota, a limited amount of parking is available at the new Minnesota Upper Loop Trail parking lot on the east side of Hwy 95 just south of downtown Stillwater.

Wisconsin side

You will be able to park, if space is available, at the newly completed park and ride lot south of Wisconsin Hwy 35 and at the Main Trailhead lot across from the Houlton Elementary School. 

Parking also will be available along specific Town of St. Joseph roadways to then access the Loop Trail to the new St. Croix Crossing bridge. Maps of available parking can be found on the Wisconsin project website on the “Full Overview” page, https://projects.511wi.gov/stcroixcrossing/full-project-overview/

Please note: There will be no facilities (restroom, water, etc.) available in Wisconsin, so plan accordingly. There also is no access to the St. Croix River from Wisconsin since the old Wisconsin Hwy 64 and old Co. Rd. E are both closed to the public.

Stillwater Lift Bridge remains closed

And since the Stillwater Lift Bridge is currently being rehabilitated, there is no access to the Lift Bridge from either Wisconsin or Minnesota. 

No stopping or parking on the St. Croix Crossing bridge

Stopping to let off passengers or parking on the new St. Croix Crossing bridge is prohibited. Law enforcement officers from both Minnesota and Wisconsin will be present during July 4 activities to keep traffic flowing across the new bridge and on Minnesota Hwy 36 and Wisconsin Hwy 64.

Maps for parking and Loop Trail access in both Minnesota and Wisconsin can be found on the WisDOT project page.

Hwy 95 to open before July 4

Hwy 95, which has been closed between Hwy 36 and Nelson St. south of downtown Stillwater, is expected to be open to traffic by Mon, July 2. The roadway was closed and detoured for installation of new drainage structures beneath the highway near the Oasis Café to improve storm water runoff.

Visit the Hwy 95 project website for more details about traffic impacts and detours during construction.

    And please remember, stay out of any construction zones in either state.

    Construction of the loop trail system in both Minnesota and Wisconsin continues through this fall. The public is prohibited from entering these construction areas as there are a large number of construction vehicles, uneven terrain, excavation and other unsafe conditions that pose a risk to anyone who does not belong in the work area. 

    In addition, those who are not working in the project area could be cited for trespassing. Your cooperation is appreciated to keep everyone safe during construction in both states.

    We hope you all have a fun and safe holiday!

    More information about project work

    The work on Hwy 95 will consist of constructing the Upper Loop Trail portion in Minnesota. Construction will include adding new drainage structures beneath Hwy 95 near the Oasis Café and completing landscaping stemming from the St. Croix Crossing project.

    Stay connected

    For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit: http://www.511mn.org/ or dial 5-1-1.