Summer vacation is about to hit its halfway point, which means it’s time to celebrate the birthday of the red, white, and blue! There’s no better place to celebrate than in and around St. Louis! With all the festivals, parades, and fairs going on around the city, it can be hard to decide how you’re going to celebrate. Here are 6 great events going on, which will ensure that you have the best weekend possible!
St. Louis, MO: Webster Groves Community Days – Webster Groves is all for celebrating! The city starts the celebration on Wednesday with a barbecue and kicks off its carnival that lasts during the whole festival! Every night features live music, and Friday and Saturday will feature impressive fireworks displays. Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, a patriotic parade will kick off the festivities for the day. Admission is free, but you may have to pay a reasonable $5 parking fee, so make sure you plan accordingly! (Starts 7/1 at 5 p.m. through 7/4 at 11 p.m.)
St. Charles, MO: Riverfest – For a great celebration, historic St. Charles is the place to be! Opening on Thursday evening, Riverfest has food, crafts, and a carnival, just to name a few. Friday and Saturday night both offer fireworks on the Missouri River, and Sunday morning promises a parade beginning at 10 a.m.! Plus, from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Riverfest offers a children’s area geared especially for the kids! (Starts 7/2 at 5 p.m. through 7/4 at 10 p.m.)
Alton, IL: Fireworks on the Mississippi – No 4th of July celebration is complete without fireworks, and Alton has the perfect way to celebrate with a bang! The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with fireworks beginning once it’s dark. With free admission, a performance by the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America, and the beautiful locale of the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater on the river, there’s no reason not to head on over to Alton to get your weekend started off right! (7/3, 5 – 10 p.m.)
St. Louis, MO: JB Blast – If you’re looking for music and fireworks without the carnival atmosphere, then the JB Blast is for you! Hosted at Jefferson Barracks Park in South St. Louis County, the Starlifters USAF Band of Mid-America will perform, followed by fireworks around 9 p.m. In between, you can explore the park, get food, or pay your respects to our fallen soldiers at the adjacent national cemetery. JB is the perfect spot if you prefer to focus on our military this holiday. (7/3, 5-10 p.m.)
Chesterfield, MO: Chesterfield Celebration and Fireworks – Looking for something that lets you get out of the summer heat? Check out the Chesterfield Celebration! Located at the Chesterfield Mall, the festivities feature live music, fireworks, and BMX performers for the kids! Plus, with all the great dinner options in the mall, it’s the perfect location for a complete evening. Throw in some shopping beforehand, and the Chesterfield Celebration is your perfect plan for the 4th! (7/4, 7-10 p.m.)
St. Louis, MO: Fair St. Louis – Dubbed “America’s Biggest Birthday Party,” this year’s fair will once again be held at Art Hill and the Grand Basin in Forest Park because of the ongoing CityArchRiver project. There’s no air show this year, but because of that, the Fair is hosting even more live events and music for your enjoyment! And, of course, Fair St. Louis will offer fireworks at the end of each evening at 10 p.m.! Admission is free; however, parking in Forest Park is $30. Washington University and Forest Park Community College offer free parking! (Starts 7/2 at 5 p.m. through 7/4 at 10:30 p.m.)
Wherever you end up this 4th of July, be sure to keep yourself, your friends, and your family safe! Wear plenty of sunscreen, and stay hydrated with plenty of water, too. Also, make sure your valuables are safe and out of sight in your vehicle. Most importantly, have fun celebrating all of the things that make our country and community great!
What are you planning on doing this Independence Day? Let us know on our Facebook page or in the comments below – we want to hear from you!