20 Top Picks for July 4th 2017 Celebrations in St. Louis

Celebrate Independence Day with Food, Fireworks and Fun

Independence Day Fireworks Display
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Independence Day 2017 in St. Louis means parades, music, fireworks and fun. There's Fair Saint Louis in Forest Park, plus dozens of other celebrations on both sides of the river. Whether you're looking for a big festival or a smaller gathering, St. Louis has plenty to offer. Here are the top places to spend your 4th of July 2017 in the St. Louis area.

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    There will be fireworks in downtown St. Louis over the Independence Day holiday. Lumiere Place Casino is planning a fireworks display the Sunday before Independence Day. The fireworks will be launched from a barge on the Mississippi River, lighting up the St. Louis skyline and Laclede's Landing.

    July 2, 2017
    9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

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    JB Blast is a free patriotic celebration at Jefferson Barracks Park in South St. Louis County. There is live music by the U.S. Air Force Band at the Veteran's Memorial Amphitheater. The evening ends with a big fireworks display.

    July 1, 2017
    7 p.m. - Live music
    9 p.m. - Fireworks

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    Grafton, Illinois, will be celebrating with fireworks on the Saturday before Independence Day. There will be plenty of entertainment and food during the day. Then, watch fireworks light up the sky over the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.

    July 1, 2017
    9 p.m. - Fireworks

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    St. Charles has played an important role in American history and the town likes to show off its community pride at a celebration called Riverfest. It's held each year in Frontier Park on the banks of the Missouri River. Riverfest is a fun way to celebrate the 4th with carnival rides, a parade and fireworks. Read more about St. Charles Riverfest.

    July 1, 2017
    5 p.m. - Festival opens (food, live music, carinval rides)
    10:30 p.m. - Festival closes

    July 2, 2017
    Noon - Festival opens
    10:30 p.m - Festival closes

    July 3, 2017
    Noon - Festival opens
    9:20 p.m. - Fireworks

    July 4, 2017
    10 a.m. - Parade
    Noon - Festival opens
    9:20 p.m. - Fireworks

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    One day just isn't enough to celebrate Independence Day in Webster Groves. Community Days is a four-day celebration featuring a carnival, BBQ, parade and fireworks. It's truly an old-fashioned event that draws visitors from around the St. Louis area. The festival's held at Memorial Park, just south of Interstate 44 off the Elm Avenue exit. See pictures of the Community Days Parade.

    July 1, 2017
    11 a.m. - Festival opens (BBQ, games, carnival rides)
    $35 Wristband Night
    11 p.m. - Festival Closes

    July 2, 2017
    2 p.m. - Festival opens
    7:30 p.m. - Miss Webster Groves Pageant
    11 p.m. - Festival Closes

    July 3, 2017
    5 p.m. - Festival opens
    7:15 p.m. - Live Music
    9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

    July 4, 2017
    10 a.m. - Parade
    11 a.m. - Festival opens
    7:15 p.m. - Live Music
    9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

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    Fair Saint Louis festivities are July 2, 3 & 4 at Art Hill in Forest Park. Kids will enjoy the games and crafts at the family fun zone. There's fair food to fit any taste and cold drinks too. Most visitors plan their day around the free concerts and fireworks. AKON, 3 Doors Down and Jake Owen are this year's headliners. And of course, the fireworks display is not to be missed! Read more about Fair St. Louis.

    July 2, 2017
    1 p.m. - Fair opens
    6:30 p.m. - SuperDuperKyke
    8:15 p.m - AKON
    9:35 p.m. - Fireworks

    July 3, 2017
    4 p.m. - Fair opens 
    6:45 p.m. - Sister Hazel
    8:30 p.m. - 3 Doors Down
    10 p.m. - Fireworks

    July 4, 2017
    1 p.m. - Fair Opens
    6:15 p.m. - Dan + Shay
    8 p.m. - Jake Owen
    9:35 p.m. - Fireworks

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    O'Fallon, Missouri pulls out all the stops for its Heritage & Freedom Fest at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex. The celebration features an impressive line up of nationally known musicians, including Eric Paslay and Credence Clearwater Revisited. Of course there's also a parade, carnival, kids activities, food and fireworks. Read more about O'Fallon Heritage & Freedom Fest.

    July 2, 2017
    4 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Family day (food, games, carnival rides)

    July 3, 2017
    4 p.m. - Festival opens
    6:45 p.m. - Whiskey Morning
    8:45 p.m. - Eric Paslay
    10:15 p.m. - Fireworks

    July 4, 2017
    9:30 a.m. - Parade
    12 p.m. - Festival opens
    5:45 p.m. - World Class Rockers
    8 p.m. - Credence Clearwater Revisited
    9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

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    Six Flags celebrates July 4th with three days of family fun and special events to honor the military. The festivities include exclusive access to rides, an All-American Dance Party and, of course, fireworks.

    July 2-4, 2017
    9:30 a.m. - Exclusive ride access
    9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

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     The town of Alton is a pure slice of Americana, so it's hard to find a better place for an Independence Day celebration. Beyond the 4th, there's plenty to see and do in and around town (see Top Things to Do Around Alton, Illinois). Plus, because Alton likes to hold its celebration early, you can hit another local fireworks display on the 4th. The celebration is held at the Alton Amphitheater at Riverfront Park.

    July 3, 2017
    Festivities begin at 5 p.m.
    Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

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    Fourth of July Celebration in Ellisville

    For West County residents, Bluebird Park in Ellisville is the place to be on July 4. The event keeps with solid traditions, with vendors selling hot dogs, brats, ice cream and other favorite festival foods. There's also live music and fireworks.

    July 4, 2017
    6 p.m. - Celebration begins (food, games, children's activities)
    7 p.m. - Griffin and the Gargoyles
    8 p.m. - Independence Day Ceremony
    9:30 p.m. - Fireworks 

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    Chesterfield holds its Independence Day celebration on the parking lot of Chesterfield Mall on the northwest side, between Macy's and Dillard's. There will be children's activities, live music, food and fireworks. Everyone is encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs.

    July 4, 2017
    6:30 p.m. - Kid Zone opens
    7 p.m. - Fat Pocket
    9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

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    Residents and visitors will gather in Kirkwood Park on July 4 for the city's annual Freedom Festival. Everyone is invited to enjoy an evening of live music, food and fireworks.

    July 4, 2017
    7 p.m. - Festival opens (live music, food trucks)
    Fireworks at dusk

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    The July 4th celebration in Columbia, Illinois, is a day long event at American Legion Memorial Park. The festivities include kids activities, food, beer and fireworks.

    July 4, 2017
    9 a.m. - Breakfast
    11 a.m. - Festival Opens
    Fireworks at dusk

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    Glazebrook Park is the place to be on Independence Day in Godfrey, Illinois. The family-friendly celebration includes a bike decorating contest for kids, a bike parade, food and entertainment. The evening ends with a big fireworks display. 

    July 4, 2017
    5 p.m. - Celebration begins (food, games, children's activities)
    9:15 p.m. - Fireworks

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    Residents and visitors in Hazelwood can gather in White Birch Park for the annual Independence Day fireworks display set to music. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for best viewing.

    July 4, 2017
    8 p.m. - Celebration begins
    Fireworks at dusk

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     Liberty Fest is the annual July 4th celebration at Progress Park in Wentzville. The day begins with a parade, followed by kids activities, live music and fireworks. There's also free swimming at the Progress Park pool from noon to 5 p.m. 

    July 4, 2017
    10 a.m. - Parade
    5 p.m. - Kids activities begin
    6 p.m. - The Riverside Band
    9:05 p.m. - Fireworks 

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    Ferguson Family Fun Festival

    Ferguson celebrates the 4th of July with an all-day celebration for the whole family at January Wabash Park. There's a parade, children's entertainment, food, music and fireworks.

    July 4, 2017
    10 a.m. - Parade
    12 p.m. - Opening ceremonies
    9:15 p.m. - Fireworks

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    If you're in Jefferson County on July 4, head to Arnold City Park in Arnold for an evening of patriotic fun. There will be live music, food, drinks and a big fireworks finale.

    July 4, 2017
    5 p.m. - Celebration begins (food, games, children's activities)
    7 p.m. - Live music
    9:15 p.m. - Fireworks

     

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     The American Legion in Jerseyville, Illinois, is putting on a fireworks display for the whole community. Everyone is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show. The American Legion is located at 300 Veterans Memorial Parkway.

    July 4, 2017
    9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

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    The Independence Day celebration at Wilson Park in Granite City is a five day event that brings in visitors from across the region. The celebration begins with a carnival on June 30 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. It ends with an afternoon of activities on July 4. In between, there's a car show, concerts, food, carriage rides and other entertainment.

    June 30 - July 4, 2017
    9:15 p.m. (July 4 Only) - Fireworks