Best Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in St. Louis 2021

Friday June 25, 2021

Each year, St. Louis celebrates the Fourth of July with a bang, meaning there are plenty of St. Louis flavored ways to honor Independence Day.

Here is everything you need to know about Fourth of July Weekend in St. Louis.

Fourth of July Festivities 

America’s Birthday Parade

Celebrate America’s birthday with a parade in downtown St. Louis at 10 a.m. July 3. With the theme “America the Beautiful,” this year’s parade will feature nearly two dozen floats, 14 local and national marching bands, and more than 250 dancers, giant helium balloons, and live musical performances. The parade is free to attend and will march west, from Broadway and Market streets at Kiener Plaza to 18th and Market streets near Union Station.

Fair Saint Louis

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Fair Saint Louis fireworks will return to downtown St. Louis on July 4. The display, which will be framed by the Gateway Arch, begins at 9:40 p.m. It will be the largest fireworks display produced by Fair Saint Louis. Other Fair Saint Louis activities, including food and concerts, will return to the Gateway Arch in 2022.

St. Charles Riverfest

Saint Charles Riverfest 2021 will feature three days of food, music, vendors and carnival fun. On July 4, visitors can catch a fireworks display beginning at 9:20 p.m.

Coca-Cola July 4th Fest

Start your summer off with a bang. Enjoy fireworks, rides, discounted tickets, and more when you celebrate Coca-Cola July 4th Fest at Six Flags St. Louis, where their special fireworks show lights up the sky nightly.

Red, White & Brews: A Fourth of July River Bash

Enjoy live music, a New-Orleans-style crawfish boil, drink specials and riverboat cruises, and watch fireworks sparkle over the Mississippi River at the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch’s Red, White & Brews: A 4th of July River Bash on Sunday, July 4! This celebration will take place on the riverboat dock from 11 am to 10 pm.

Gateway Arch Fireworks Cruise

Grab a front-row seat to St. Louis’ most spectacular fireworks display. The annual Fireworks Cruise celebrates America’s independence with a night of food and fun that the whole family will love. Come aboard the Becky Thatcher paddleboat and enjoy dinner with the sounds of a Dixieland band. After dinner, return to dock beneath the Gateway Arch and watch the night sky light up in celebration of the USA.

Laclede’s Landing Fireworks Watch Party

Celebrate the 4th with the best seats in the house for the Fireworks at the Gateway Arch! The Landing is hosting a Fireworks Watch Street Party, Sunday, July 4 from 6 – 10 pm. Enjoy food, beverages, live music and the best available view of the largest fireworks display in St. Louis history. Access to The Landing Watch Party will be limited to ticket holders only. Only 2000 tickets are available at $20 apiece.

City Nights Electric Sky

Join the City Museum on Sunday, July 4 from 7-11pm on the Rooftop at City Museum for a 360 view of fireworks all across the St. Louis skyline. Tickets include hot dog and chips, 2 drink tickets for the Rooftop bar, House and Techno beats by SAYLOR, flow artists, and rides on Big Eli, St. Louis’ tallest Ferris Wheel. All the usual sliding and climbing on the Rooftop is included.

Weekend Adventures

Saint Louis Zoo

Get up close and personal with the furry, the flying and the fishy creatures of the Saint Louis Zoo. Take a ride on the Emerson Zooline Railroad and tour some of the most exciting animal exhibits in the park.

Saint Louis Union Station

Spend the day exploring Saint Louis Union Station home to the St. Louis Wheel, Aquarium and many other family friendly activities and restaurants all under one roof.

Saint Louis Art Museum 

Explore a world renowned fine arts museum housed in Forest Park. Tour their outstanding and comprehensive collection and their featured exhibit Nubia: Treasures of Ancient Africa.

Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum

Kids of all ages can engage in hands-on learning experiences that spark imagination, curiosity, creativity and more within the Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum.

To discover more of our attractions visit, check out our see & do or our our 25 things to do in St. Louis.

Outdoor Activities

St. Louis is full of well-maintained green space, perfect for hiking and walking and picnics with family and friends. You won’t need to travel far to experience all of this. Parks like Forest Park and Creve Coeur Park offer a little something for everyone. For additional options for outdoor enthusiasts of all types visit our Meet Me Outdoors page.

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