After 2020 effectively ended most July 4th celebrations, this year has promised to bring back bigger and better fireworks. If fireworks aren’t enough to satisfy your cravings, there are also plenty of events in the Saint-Louis area where you can come together to eat, drink, and watch the shows. Here are some important points.
After the internet struggles with the existence of the Veiled Prophet organization and its connection to Ellie Kemper, Fair St. Louis will still host its fireworks display this year. With apologies for his imagery and a commitment to change, VP has once again rebranded itself with “America’s Birthday Parade” on July 3 at 10 am. Fair St. Louis will also host its “biggest fireworks display” around 9:40 pm under the Arch. There are no activities, like concerts or vendors, but the organization hopes to resume this in 2022.
There is also a demonstration to counter the parade at 9:30 am on July 3 with calls to “Abolish the Veiled Prophet”.
See more on the Fair St. Louis website: fairsaintlouis.org
Saint-Charles River Festival
As previously stated by the RFT, Saint-Charles River Festival (222 South Riverside Drive, Saint-Charles) returns this year for its free three-day festival. There is live music, there are food trucks and it’s also a carnival. Craft vendors will also be present if you want to spend a bit more cash. The festival will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 2 and from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4. The fireworks will be fired at 9:20 p.m. on July 4.
Visit website for details: Discoverstcharles.com
July 4th Celebration at Chesterfield Valley Sports Complex
the Chesterfield Valley Sports Complex (17925 North Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield) will host its own celebration on July 4th. Starting at 6.30 p.m., the party will feature live music from the Groovethang group, food trucks and a children’s area. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. Lawn chairs, blankets, and food and drink outside will be permitted, but no drinks or tobacco products are permitted. This event is free.
Visit the Chesterfield website for more information: chesterfield.mo.us
July 4 at 360
If you are looking for a dinner with a view, try three sixty‘s (1 South Broadway, Saint-Louis) July 4th fireworks show. Reservations for the bar’s VIP seating must be made by July 2. VIP seats have a minimum food and drink of $ 135 per person, tax and tip included.
More information is available on the Three Sixty website: 360-stl.com
UpBar July 4th Celebration
Views from the patio of the fireworks on the arch and a free drink are offered for $ 30 at UpBar (3763 Forest Park Avenue, Saint-Louis) The 4th of July. There is a limited number of tickets sold to account for social distancing. The event lasts from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Find tickets on Eventbrite.
July 4 at St. Louis Union Station
Taking place on the bank holiday weekend, Union Station (1820, market street, Saint-Louis) features a live concert, petting zoo, games and more. On July 2, there will be a performance by Dr. Zhivegas from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Purina Performance Plaza. From July 3-5 there will be a petting zoo, Animals R ‘Us compliments at the Purina Performance Plaza, games, shopping, and photo opportunities to help celebrate the weekend.
Visit the Union Station website for more information: stlouisunionstation.com
Bridgeton July 4th Celebration
Starting at 1 p.m. Bridgeton will kick off its celebration on July 4 with a parade starting in its St. Gerard subdivision, heading west on Natural Bridge and ending in the Target parking lot. The parade ends with the award ceremony for the best floats, costumes and cars. The party continues in the evening, from 6 p.m., at Bridgeton Sports Complex (13161, chemin Taussig, Bridgeton). The event includes a food truck, live music and fireworks.
For more information visit the Bridgeton website: bridgetonmo.com
Fourth of July celebration in Manchester
Butchwax and the Hollywoods take the stage at Paul Schröder Park (359 Old Meramec Station Road, Manchester) at 6 p.m. to kick off the party. Fireworks will be projected after the concert.
Visit the website for more information: manchestermo.gov
O’Fallon Heritage and Freedom Festival
From July 2 to 4, O’Fallon Heritage and Freedom Festival is filled with vendors, games, fireworks, concerts and food. Taking up the expanse of Tom Ginnever Avenue and TR Hughes Boulevard, most of the festival takes place in the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex (900 TR, boulevard Hughes, O’Fallon). The festival is free, as are the concerts. On July 2, Freedom Fest is open for family home evening from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., with no fireworks display that night. The grounds open at 12 p.m. on July 3 and until 11 p.m., and on July 4, the festival will run from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. The fireworks will take place at 10:15 p.m. on July 3 and 4.
Visit the website for more information: Heritageandfreedomfest.com
Clayton’s Biggest Pool Party Independence Day Celebration
Hosted at Shaw Park Aquatic Center (111 South Brentwood, Clayton), the party lasts from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bomb explosions, music and family pool games will be included in the fun. Standard admission rates apply.
Find more information on their website: claytonmo.gov
Red, white and beers: a July 4th party on the river
Hosted by River boats at Gateway Arch (50 South Leonor K Sullivan Boulevard, St. Louis), Riverboats offer cruises at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Cruises aren’t the only thing on the bridge, however. There will be crawfish porridge in New Orleans, dockside bar drink specials, dockside music from iLLPHONiCs and a separate performance by the Amanda Fish Band. The fireworks show starts at 9:40 p.m., but the fireworks cruise is sold out. Dockside seating is free, but on a first come, first served basis. Tickets for the St. Louis River cruise cost $ 21 for adults, $ 11 for children aged 3 to 15, and $ 19 for those aged 60 and over.
Buy tickets and find more information on their website: gatewayarch.com
Wentzville Freedom Day
Residents of Wentzville can kick off the Fourth and enjoy a free swim from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Progress park swimming pool (968, chemin Meyer, Wentzville). Public options for Liberty Fest include a skate session at Wentzville ice rink (910 Main Plaza Drive, Wentzville) for an entry fee of $ 6 and $ 3 to rent skates. Skateboarding goes from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Meet at the baseball field, same address as the pool, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to enjoy free activities and live music from That ’80s Band. Alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase. The fireworks start at 9:05 p.m.
Visit the City of Wentzville website for more information: gonezvillemo.gov
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