This event has been postponed to October 2, 2020, at 7 p.m. You can keep up to date on any further changes via the event's Facebook page.
Patriotism is on full display during the annual Independence Day celebration at Jefferson Barracks Park in St. Louis, Missouri. JB Blast is a family-friendly Fourth of July gathering that features live music, food, and fireworks against a historic backdrop in South St. Louis County.
In the past, the free event has showcased the talents of The South Side Johnny Band, Sweetie & The Toothaches, and other musical acts in the open-air Veterans Memorial Amphitheater, a sweeping venue that features grassy, terraced hillside seating for up to 300 people. The concerts typically take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a fireworks display to follow. St. Louis County Parks invites a wealth of Gateway City food truck favorites to JB Blast each year, too, including The Cheese Shack, Holy Crepe, Andrew's Bayou Ribs, and others.
Jefferson Barracks Park is located at the intersection of Interstate 255 and Telegraph Road south of the city center. Although there will be food for purchase, guests are also encouraged to bring a picnic and stretch out on the lawn with a blanket. Parking is also available on site.
Patriotic Sites at Jefferson Barracks
While you're in the area, you can celebrate Independence Day in another way: by paying your respects to the service men and women buried at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. The cemetery, with its rows upon rows of military graves, is an impressive site any time of the year, but even more so a patriotic holiday like July Fourth. The 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 on America's birthday. The space was once a military post and several buildings have been turned into museums filled with both permanent displays and special exhibits highlighting the history of the area and its importance in military operations. The Powder Magazine Museum, built in 1857, delves into the history of the park itself, while the Old Ordnance Room, built in 1851, focuses more on military themes. The laborers house, summer kitchen, garden, and stables are all worth seeing, too. The museums are open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Other Area Independence Day Celebrations
JB Blast is just one of the many Independence Day celebrations in the St. Louis area. If you want to enjoy more than one night of fireworks, there are other community events to check out, from localized celebrations to over-the-top three-day festivals, there are tons of ways to celebrate Independence Day in the St. Louis area.
One of the city's biggest Independence Day celebrations, Fair Saint Louis, typically puts on a fireworks display over the famous Arch for three consecutive nights over the holiday weekend. A slew of musical acts and kid-friendly activities are usually included. The event, which occupies Forest Park in its vast entirety, and its corresponding parade have both been canceled in 2020 due to health and safety concerns.
The community of Alton's annual fireworks event, which was scheduled for July 3, 2020, has also been canceled, but Grafton, Illinois, is slated to hold its usual fireworks show at the Grafton Riverfront on July 2, 2020, at 9 p.m.