Patriotism is on full display during the annual Independence Day celebration at Jefferson Barracks Park in St. Loius, Missouri. JB Blast is an evening of fun for the whole family featuring live music, food, and fireworks at the historic site in South St. Louis County.
JB Blast is held each year just before the 4th of July holiday, and in 2018, the celebration will take place on Tuesday, July 3 starting at 7 p.m. with a performance of the "Star-Spangled Banner" by County Executive Steve Stenger, who is one of the sponsors for the event. Admission is free and the South Side Johnny Band will also perform throughout the event until the fireworks start at roughly 9 to 9:30 p.m.
The Jefferson Barracks Park is located at the intersection of Interstate 255 and Telegraph Road south of St. Louis. Although concessions and food trucks will be on-site, guests are also encouraged to bring their own picnic dinners if they want to lay out on the lawn. Parking will be available on-site, but try to carpool if you can to cut down on overcrowding and traffic.
Other Patriotic Sites at Jefferson Barracks
JB Blast isn't the only way to celebrate Independence Day at Jefferson Barracks, visitors are welcome to pay their respects to the service men and women buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. The cemetery, with its rows and rows of military graves, is an impressive site any time of the year, but even more so on patriotic holidays. The cemetery grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk, and the office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1998.
Jefferson Barracks Park also has several other spots worth visiting. The park is a former military post and several buildings have been turned into museums. The museums are filled with permanent displays and special exhibits highlighting the history of the area and its importance in military operations. The museums are open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., which unfortunately means you won't be able to see inside them on July 3 this year (which falls on a Tuesday).
Celebrate Independence Day in St. Louis
JB Blast is just one of the many Independence Day celebrations in the St. Louis area this year if you want to enjoy more than one night of fireworks. From community events and local celebrations to huge three-day festivals, there are tons of ways to celebrate America's birthday in the St. Louis area.
The community of Alton, for instance, will launch fireworks on July 4 while another good option for a home-town celebration is the Community Days events in Webster Groves, which has fireworks on both July 3 and 4 at 9:30 p.m.
One of the area's biggest Independence Day celebrations, Fair Saint Louis, will have fireworks for three nights on July 4, 6, and 7, 2018. Fair Saint Louis is back at the Arch grounds this year (after moving to Forest Park in years past), so you won't even have to leave the city to get to this great event.