In order to accommodate the events happening for the 4th of July, Duluth's most-iconic bridges will see an altered schedule.

Obviously there won't be any ships passing through the lift bridge and I have already been told by some of the commercial fishing and tour boats they suspend their tours, some because they have to leave them in the slip because they close the slip bridge and you can't get back in till late.

So Here's the schedule I have based on past years and some of the commercial fisherman and tour boats.

  • The Aerial Lift Bridge will stay down on July 4 and be completely closed to marine traffic starting at 7:00 PM - lasting until 1:00 AM on July 5. If boats want to leave the bay, they have to take the long way round to the Superior side.
  • The Minnesota Slip Bridge (AKA - the Blue Bridge) will be lowered and closed to marine traffic from 8:00 PM to 11:30 PM on July 4.
  • The only 4th of July celebration on commercial boats is the Vista who has a special music and food cruise that lasts 2 hours.