Experience Fourth of July Like a Local

Tuesday June 18, 2019

There’s only one way to spend the Fourth of July in St. Louis, and that’s situated under The Gateway Arch with friends and family. We’re here to help make sure you have an unforgettable celebration.

The Basics

Getting downtown: There are plenty of parking garages downtown (check out getaroundstl.com for a list of preferred parking garages), but you’ll want to try to save yourself some headaches—carpool with friends, or even better, take the MetroLink, taxi, or a rideshare.

Dress appropriately: It may go without saying, but remember, it’s hot in St. Louis and the sun doesn’t set until late. Bring sunscreen!

Pack wisely: The pros know to bring a blanket to sit on, but collapsible chairs are also allowed. You can’t bring in your own booze, so either bring an empty plastic water bottle or an sealed bottle. Make sure to stay hydrated!

Leave the drone and dogs at home. You can’t bring’em in.

The Game Plan

This year’s Fourth of July experience downtown stretches out over nearly a week! That means you’re going to need to pick and choose wisely (unless you’re going all in—we applaud you!). Let’s figure this out.

Because your body is a temple, you’re going to want to kick things off nice and early on Wednesday, July 3rd, with a free sunrise yoga class with Yoga Buzz in the shadow of the Arch . The class ends at 8:00 am, so you can either head home for a bit, or do a little exploring. Hungry? Stop by Rooster for an energizing brunch, then head over to the T-Rex innovation building and get inspired by some of the coolest local startups in St. Louis.

Later that day, swing back over to Kiener Plaza for the big kick-off party for “America’s Biggest Birthday Parade” and Fair Saint Louis.  The parade starts at 4:30 with Live Music, Food and Drink, Balloon Glow and more.

The big day is Thursday, July 4th. Here’s what needs to happen: wake up early and get a good breakfast in you (maybe stop and grab some pastries on your way downtown?), then make your way to 20th and Market for the kick off of the 137th America’s Birthday Parade at 9:30 am, which conveniently ends just in front of the Arch.

At noon, Fair Saint Louis kicks off, but fireworks Fair Saint Louis Boeing Air Showaren’t until 9:35 PM, so you need to plan accordingly—it’s going to be hot out! We recommend you check out the schedule at the link above and figure out what works best for you. The day is packed full of family friendly events, ranging from Purina’s Pro Plan Performance Team to the BOEING Air Show over the Mississippi—plus the evening’s headliner, Brett Young

Don’t want the night to end after the fireworks? Scoot over to Broadway Oyster Bar and celebrate with some good eats and good music, check out their music lineup.

Fair Saint Louis kicks back up again on Friday and Saturday with more family friendly shows, and some killer artists taking over the Enterprise Rent-A-Car stage. Friday plays host to Johnny Gill and Keith Sweat, while Saturday brings the likes of Vertical Horizon and The Flaming Lips to the stage.

On the 4th, 5th, and 6th, you can also take in the fireworks from 40 feet above Downtown at Three Sixty Rooftop Bar if sitting on the grass isn’t your thing.

And there you have it: your guide to the ultimate Fourth of July weekend in St. Louis. You’ll have all of Sunday to rest up and recover. See you next year!

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