A Guide to St. Louis’ Fourth of July

Friday June 28, 2013

Independence Day in St. Louis means parades, music, fireworks and fun. Here are several places to spend your 4th of July weekend 2013 in St. Louis.

Fair Saint Louis Festivities

Fair Saint Louis has been a 4th of July tradition for more than three decades. The Arch grounds and Mississippi Riverfront are St. Louis’ favorite place to celebrate Independence Day. The 4th of July celebration kicks off with the Freedom 4 Miler & Family Fun Run, followed by the 136th Veiled Prophet Parade and a weekend full of air shows, free concerts, family fun activities, and an amazing fireworks display over the Mississippi Rive and Gateway Arch. See below for a schedule of festivities.

VP Parade

One of the oldest Independence Day traditions in St. Louis is the Veiled Prophet Parade. The annual parade will kick off at 9:30 a.m. on July 4 at 14th and Olive. If you want a good spot along the parade route, it’s best to get there early. Every year, thousands of visitors turn out to see the marching bands, giant balloons and colorful floats

Air Show

The Air Shows are back again for the 2013 Fair. There will be five air shows during the fair featuring the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, the Red Bull Helicopter, CAF P-51C Red Tail Mustang, the Liberty Jump team and tons more! The air shows are July 4 at noon and 4 p.m., July 5 at noon and 4 p.m., and July 6 at 5 p.m. Each air show should last at least 90 minutes.

Live Concerts

Other than Fair Saint Louis’ famous fireworks, crowds come to see the live concerts and the best part about it they’re all free. This year’s performances include Trace Adkins on July 4, Bret Michaels on July 5, and the Counting Crows on July 6. My advice get their early and find a spot along the arch grounds for because it fills up fast for both the concerts and the fireworks following.

Fireworks Display

A few locations make a better setting or fame for fireworks than the Gateway Arch. The fireworks display voted one of Americ’as Most Spectacular Forth of July Fireworks is something everyone will rememeber. The display is set to music and each burst of fireworks reflects off the stainless steel Arch, the Mississippi river and echos through downtown St. Louis. The Archgrounds begin filling up hours earlier, with people staking out their spots with blankets and lawn chairs and by 8:30 p.m., most of the grass will be. The grass under the Gateway Arch is no doubt the best place to see the fireworks and hear the music, but if you don’t make it in time, you can still see the fireworks all over downtown.

Fair Saint Louis Schedule:

July 4, 2013
7:00 a.m. – Schnucks Freedom 4-Miler
8:30 a.m. – Family Fun Run
9:30 a.m. – VP Parade
Noon – Fair opens
4:00 p.m. – Air Show
8:00 p.m. – Trace Adkins
9:20 p.m. – Fireworks

July 5, 2013
Noon – Fair opens
4:00 p.m. Air Show
8:00 p.m. – Bret Michaels
9:20 p.m. – Fireworks

July 6, 2013
Noon – Fair Opens
5:00 p.m. – Air Show
8:00 p.m. – Counting Crows
9:20 p.m. – Fireworks

Downtown St. Louis Impacted Streets for Fair Saint Louis

Webster Groves Community Days

One day just isn’t enough to celebrate Independence Day in Webster Groves. Community Days is a four-day celebration featuring a carnival, BBQ, parade and fireworks. It’s truly an old-fashioned event that draws visitors from around the St. Louis area. The festival’s held July 3rd through 6th at Memorial Park, just south of Interstate 44 off the Elm Avenue exit.

July 3, 2013
5 p.m. – Festival opens

July 4, 2013
10 a.m. – Parade
11 a.m. – Festival opens
9:30 p.m. – Fireworks

July 5, 2013
5 p.m. – Festival opens
7 p.m. – Miss Webster Groves pageant

July 6, 2013
11 a.m. – Festival opens
9:30 p.m. – Fireworks

Rockin on the Landing

July 4th on Laclede’s Landing is filled with live music, food and drinks. Top local bands will be playing on outdoor stages from 1 p.m. until 11 p.m. Street vendors will be selling all kinds of food or you can always stop in at one of the Landing’s many restaurants like Morgan Street Brewery, Hannegan’s or Jake’s Steaks. The Landing is also serves as a great location to watch the Fair Saint Louis fireworks display.

July 4-6, 2013
1 p.m. – Live music begins
9:20 p.m. – Watch Fair St. Louis fireworks

Chesterfield’s 8th Annual 4th of July Celebration

Chesterfield holds its Independence Day celebration on the parking lot of Chesterfield Mall on the northwest side, between Macy’s and Dillard’s. Attendees will find a wide variety of children’s activities, live music, food and a fabulous fireworks display. Everyone is encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs.

July 4, 2013
7 p.m. – Celebration begins
9 p.m. – Fireworks

St. Charles Riverfest

St. Charles has played an important role in American history and the town likes to show off its community pride at a celebration called Riverfest. This celebration is held each year along the banks of the Missouri River in Frontier Park in St. Charles, Missouri. Riverfest is a fun way to celebrate the 4th with carnival rides, a parade and fireworks.

July 4, 2013
10 a.m. – Parade
5 p.m. – Food booths & live music
9:20 p.m. – Fireworks

Sources: About.com and Fairsaintlouis.org

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