Independence Day in St. Louis

Independence Day Fireworks Display
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If you're visiting the Gateway to the West this Independence Day, St. Louis has plenty of parades, music, fireworks, and fun to offer guests this July 4th weekend.

Since July 4 falls on a Wednesday in 2018, some events may be pushed up to the weekend before Independence Day this year. However, there will still be plenty of Fourth of July celebrations on the holiday itself across the St. Louis Area.

From Fair Saint Louis on the Arch grounds to the Patriots in the Park in Granite City, there are dozens of opportunities to celebrate the birth of our nation this year in the St. Louis area. Whether you're looking for a big festival or a smaller gathering, the city has plenty to offer this July 4, 2018.

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    There will be fireworks in downtown St. Louis over the Independence Day holiday. Lumiere Place Casino is planning a firework display on Sunday, July 1st, before July 4th, and the fireworks will be launched from a barge on the Mississippi River, lighting up the St. Louis skyline and Laclede's Landing.

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    JB Blast is a free patriotic celebration at Jefferson Barracks Park in South St. Louis County on July 3rd, starting at 7 p.m. The South Side Johnny Band will perform throughout the event until the fireworks start at roughly 9 to 9:30 p.m.

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    Grafton, Illinois, will be celebrating with fireworks on the Saturday (June 30) before Independence Day. There will be plenty of entertainment and food during the day, and at night the fireworks will light up the sky over the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.

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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, 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. The festival will last two days (July 3rd starting at 5 p.m. and July 4th starting at 10 a.m.), with a special fireworks display on the 4th.

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    Webster Groves Community Days

    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 festivities are held at Memorial Park and Action Park (check the schedule to see what's going on where), just south of Interstate 44 off the Elm Avenue exit.

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    Fair Saint Louis festivities are taking place on Independence Day weekend on the Arch grounds on July 4th, 6th, and 7th. Kids will enjoy the games and crafts at the family fun zone, and there are fair foods and cold drinks to fit any taste as well. Most visitors plan their day around the free concerts and 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, starting on July 2nd and ending on July 4th, features an impressive lineup of nationally known musicians. Of course, there's also a parade, carnival, kids activities, food, and fireworks. 

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    Six Flags celebrates July 4th with several days of family fun and special events to honor the military, but unlike other community celebrations, Six Flags will celebrate starting Saturday, June 30, and go through Wednesday, July 4 in 2018.  The festivities include exclusive access to rides, an All-American Dance Party and, of course, fireworks.

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    Alton's fireworks show takes place this year on July 3rd at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater with entertainment and festivities starting at 5 p.m. Because Alton likes to hold its celebration early, you can try to hit another local fireworks display on the holiday itself. 

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    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—all on Independence Day evening starting at 6 p.m. and concluding around 10:30 p.m.

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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, on Independence Day evening starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be children's activities, live music, food, and fireworks. Everyone is encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs.

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    Residents and visitors alike 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, which start at 7 p.m. on Independence Day 2018.

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    The July 4th celebration in Columbia, Illinois, is a day-long event starting at 11 a.m. (with breakfast at 9 a.m.) at American Legion Memorial Park on July 4, 2018. The festivities include kids activities, food, beer, and fireworks as well as the chance to meet members of the local chapter of the Legion. These former service members are one of the primary reasons we can celebrate our independence, so supporting this local organization is a great way to spend the 4th of July.

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    Glazebrook Park is the place to be on Independence Day in Godfrey, Illinois. The family-friendly celebration starts at 5 p.m. and includes a bike decorating contest for kids, a bike parade, food, and entertainment. The evening ends with a big fireworks display.

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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, which kicks off just after dusk on Independence Day 2018. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for best viewing, and you'll also want to pack a picnic because there won't be many food vendors (if any at all) at this year's celebration. In case of rain, the events are rescheduled for July 5th.

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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 at dusk. There's also free swimming at the Progress Park pool from noon to 5 p.m.

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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 as well as a keynote speaker, chances to meet local representatives, and even a few "celebrity" appearances by television news personalities. 

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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 and will be accepting donations before and after the event to help fund other community celebrations and its daily operating costs.

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    The Independence Day celebration at Wilson Park in Granite City is a five-day event (July 3-7) that brings in visitors from across the region for carnival rides, food, music, and more. Fireworks on the 4th start around 9:15 p.m.