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 in Forest Park 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 the Sunday 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. There will also be live music by the U.S. Air Force Band at the Veteran's Memorial Amphitheater. The evening ends with a big fireworks display.

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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, 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 all Independence Day weekend, with a special fireworks display on the Fourth.

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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 festival's held at Memorial Park, 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 at Art Hill in Forest Park. 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 features an impressive lineup of nationally known musicians. Of course, there's also a parade, carnival, kids activities, food, and fireworks all weekend long as well.

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    Six Flags celebrates July 4th with three days of family fun and special events to honor the military, but unlike other community celebrations, Six Flags will celebrate starting Monday, July 2 and going 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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     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 Alton, Illinois. Plus, because Alton likes to hold its celebration early, you can hit another local fireworks display on the holiday itself. The celebration is held at the Alton Amphitheater at Riverfront Park.

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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—all on Independence Day evening starting at 6 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 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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    Kirkwood Freedom Festival

    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 dusk on Independence Day 2018.

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    The July 4th celebration in Columbia, Illinois, is a day-long event 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 servicemembers 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 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.

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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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    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—all on July 4, 2018, starting at 6 p.m.

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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 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.