Patriotism is on full display during the annual Independence Day celebration at Jefferson Barracks Park. JB Blast is an evening of fun for the whole family featuring live music, food and fireworks at the historic site in St. Louis County.
When and Where
JB Blast is held each year just before the 4th of July holiday. In 2017, the celebration is Saturday, July 1 at 7 p.m. JB Blast is held at Jefferson Barracks Park in South St.
Louis County. The park is located at 345 North Drive, near the intersection of Interstate 255 and Telegraph Road.
Music & Fireworks
JB Blast will feature a free concert by the Starlifters USAF Band of Mid-America in the Veteran's Memorial Amphitheater. The band plays popular and patriotic hits. After the concert, everyone sticks around for the big fireworks display beginning at about 9 p.m.
Also 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. 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. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Other July 4 Celebrations
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, Alton is also hosting its big display on July 3 at 9 p.m. One of the area's biggest celebrations, Fair Saint Louis, will have fireworks for three nights on July 2, 3, and 4. Keep in mind, Fair Saint Louis is in Forest Park this year. Another good option is Community Days in Webster Groves with fireworks on July 4 at 9:30 p.m. For details on these and other local Independence Day festivities, see the Top 15 July 4th Celebrations in the St. Louis Area.