Saturday, June 18, 2016

Fourth of July Events

I love the Fourth of July! Who doesn't love BBQ's and parades and carnivals and fireworks???

St. Louis has plenty to offer if you are looking for Independence day fun. I am going to list the larger multiple day celebrations first and taper down to the smaller ones. If there is a parade I've listed the route. If there's a kid area I tried to include deets on all the activities there. If there is a map of the area I've included it. There are about 90 municipalities in town and a lot of them may do smaller things on the 4th with just a concert and then fireworks and I can't list them all!

Also I broke it down by day for fireworks. If you want to see them on July 1 the only place to see them is JB Blast. On July 2 you can see them at Fair STL, Grafton, Eureka, Herculanium, Twin Oaks, Edwardsville, and Six Flags. On July 3rd they are at Webster, O'Fallon, St. Charles, Six Flags, West Alton, and Fair STL, and Arnold Baptist Church. On the 4th they're everywhere. On July 9th they're at Sublette Park.

If you want to see a parade, there are 8. Fair STL and Herculanium are on July 2nd, and the following are on July 4th- Webster, O'Fallon, St. Charles, Ferguson, Wentzville, and Bridgeton. 

1.)The best known event is of course, Fair St. Louis. It's at Art Hill in Forest Park again this year because of construction at the arch. Here's the schedule:

The parade will kick things off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, with plenty of colorful floats and marching bands. The parade will start at 7th and Market, then make its way west down Market Street, ending near Union Station.

July 2, 2016 
Noon- Fair opens
7 p.m. - Bobby Bones and The Raging Idiots
8:45 p.m - Lee Brice
10 p.m. - Fireworks

July 3, 2016
1 p.m. - Fair opens
6:25 p.m. - Eddie Money
8:25 p.m. - Sammy Hagar
10 p.m. - Fireworks

July 4, 2016
1 p.m. - Fair Opens
6:25 p.m. - George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
8:10 p.m. - Flo Rida
9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

The fair will once again have an activity area just for the kids. The Family Festival Zone will be located along Lagoon Drive on the west side of the Grand Basin. Children can paint and do other art projects. They can also meet members of the Purina Incredible Dog Team and participate in experiments from the Magic House.

2.)Webster Groves Community Days
This is the one we usually do. The festival is held at Memorial Park in Webster Groves. The park is just south of Interstate 44 off the Elm Avenue exit. The parade is always great and the carnival is large with tons of activities. The carnival and food booths are open all four days of the festival, but if you want to save a little money, you can get a $25 wristband for unlimited rides on July 1. There is also free live music each night featuring a variety of local bands and musicians.

July 1, 2016
5 p.m. - Festival opens (BBQ, games, carnival rides)
$25 Wristband Night
11 p.m. - Festival Closes

July 2, 2016
Noon - Festival opens
7:30 p.m. - Miss Webster Groves Pageant
11 p.m. - Festival Closes

July 3, 2016
2 p.m. - Festival opens
7:15 p.m. - Clint & Co.
9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

July 4, 2016
10 a.m. - Parade-
Starts at Lockwood & Selma, goes west to Elm and south to Glendale
11 a.m. - Festival opens
7:15 p.m. - Penny Moon and Copper Creek
9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

3.)Heritage and Freedom Fest O'Fallon, MO
Celebrate America’s birthday with an explosion of fun and music at O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest on July 2, 3 and 4. Admission to the festival grounds at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex is free. Free parking also will be available, with free shuttle service provided on July 3–4.

July 2, 2016
2 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Family day (food, games, carnival rides)

July 3, 2016
2 p.m. - Festival opens
7 p.m. - Chase Bryant
9 p.m. - Love and Theft
10:15 p.m. - Fireworks

July 4, 2016
9:30 a.m. - Parade-
The 2.1-mile parade route begins at Main and Third streets, travels north on Main Street, turns east on Tom Ginnever Ave. and ends at T.R. Hughes Blvd.
12 p.m. - Festival opens
2 p.m. - Trixie Delight
5:45 p.m. - Sister Hazel
8 p.m. - KONGOS
9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

The Kids Zone includes giant inflatables, parachute games, hula hoops, craft, giant checkers, and face painting. Kids can also make a patriotic visor and decorate their own patriotic glasses, all for free.


4.) St. Charles Riverfest
This four day celebration includes a parade, live music, carnival, food & craft vendors, and fireworks along the banks of the Missouri River in Frontier Park.

July 1, 2016
5 p.m. - Festival opens (food, live music, carinval rides, Bubble Bus)

7 & 9 p.m. Babaloo performs
10:30 p.m. - Festival closes

July 2, 2016
Noon - Festival opens
10:30 p.m - Festival closes

July 3, 2016
Noon - Festival opens
9:20 p.m. - Fireworks

July 4, 2016
10 a.m. - Parade-
Starts at Bales Park, then continue south on 2nd Street, and ends on Main
Noon - Festival opens
9:20 p.m. - Fireworks

5.)Patriots in the Park
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.

They haven't published the schedule yet for this years festival, but here is last years and it's probably similar:

Wednesday, July 1st:
6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Carnival Rides and Food Vendors
Evening matinee 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. all rides $2.00 each
Contemporary Christian Concert 7 p.m. at Centennial Pavilion

Thursday, July 2nd
Carnival Rides and food vendors 1 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Armband Day: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. $22.00
Softball Tournament begins at 6 p.m. Sykes Field
Country Music Machine 7:30 p.m. Centennial Pavilion

Friday, July 3rd
Patriots In The Park 5k Run 7am registration 8am race $20 pre-registration $25 race day
Carnival Rides and Food Vendors 1pm-11pm
Matinee 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. all rides $2.00 each
Softball Tournament 6 p.m. -? Sykes Field
Chris Talley Trio 7:30 p.m. Centennial Pavilion Blue Grass Music

Saturday July 4th
County Fair Days at Centennial Pavilion 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Crafts and Artists  

Centennial Pavilion
Carnival Rides and food vendors 1 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Softball Tournament 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sykes Field
Main Stage at Coolidge Middle School
6 p.m. - Contemporary Christian performer Russ Taff
6:45 p.m. - ” Nine Lives” a Tribute to REO Speed Wagon
7:15 p.m. - Mid-America Parachute Club Demonstration
7:25 p.m. - Recognition of Sponsors
7:30 p.m. - United States Air Force Band of Mid-America
9:15 p.m. - Fireworks

Sunday, July 5th
Car Show Wilson Park 8am -Noon Judging and Awards
County Fair Days at Centennial Pavilion 9am -5pm Crafts and Artists Centennial Pavilion
12pm Edwardsville Acapella (girls trio) Centennial Pavilion
Armband Day $22.00 1pm-5pm
1:30 Granite City Park District Gymnastics performance Centennial pavilion
Softball Tournament 9am-? Sykes Field
Carnival Rides and Food Vendors 1pm-5pm Wilson Park

6.)Eureka Red White and You
Destination America and USA TODAY are bringing a spectacular Independence Day celebration to the winning town of their fourth annual RED, WHITE AND YOU contest- Eureka, Mo. The line-up of fun will encompass all the elements of a quintessential patriotic party: all-American festival foods from local vendors as well as some of the most popular St. Louis Food Trucks, a beer tent, the Ball Park®brand Kids Zone including inflatable tee ball, petting zoo, hay ride, moon bounce, and face painting, a live performance by favorite St. Louis band “That 80’s Band” and a dazzling fireworks display to close out the night. Parking will include: Old Town Eureka, Legends Corporate, City Hall Lawn and offsite parking options that will have shuttles running to and from the event.  For a complete list of event details and parking/shuttle options please check back the week of June 20th.

Sat, July 2
5:00 - 7:45 p.m. - Celebration begins (food, games, children's activities)
745 - 8:15 p.m. -  Dedication to fallen Eureka Marine Riley Baker

8:15 - 9:30 p.m. - That 80's Band
9:30- 10 p.m. - Fireworks

7.)JB Blast
This annual party in Jefferson Barracks includes music by the U.S. Air Force Band and a huge fireworks display. 345 North Road, Lemay, MO 63125

July 1, 2016
7 p.m. - Live music
9 p.m. - Fireworks

8.)Chesterfield Celebration

July 4, 2016
6:30 p.m. - Kid Zone opens
7 p.m. - McLovin
9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

New this year, the Commerce Bank Kid’s Zone will have Circus Kaput, a two-hour circus show featuring unicycling, juggling, magic, aerial acts, stiltwalker, teeterboard, fire breathing, acrobatics, audience participation and much more. The Kid’s Zone will also have 15 carnival games including putt-putt challenges, a frog hop and ring toss, plus two bubble machines! Inflatable bounce houses, slides and an obstacle course will keep the kids entertained before the fireworks show. Kid’s Zone will be open from 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

9.)Kirkwood Freedom Festival
Join them for the annual Fourth of July Freedom Festival and Fireworks in Kirkwood Park on July 4. (Rain date: July 5.) Music from Fanfare at 7:00 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. Tropical Moose will be open in the concession stand, and food will be available from Kirkwood Lions.

July 4, 2016
7 p.m. - Festival opens (live music, food trucks)
Fireworks at dusk

Food trucks include the following:
  • Russo's Catering
  • Destination Desserts
  • Steak Louis
  • Sia's Italian Ice
  • Locoz Tacos
  • Curbside Cookery
  • Slice of the Hill

10.)Arnold's Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 2016
5 p.m. - Celebration begins (food, games, children's activities)
7 p.m. - Live music
9:15 p.m. - Fireworks

11.)Godfrey Family Fun Fest
Blast off your Independence Day celebration at Glazebrook Park with an evening full of fun and fireworks. Festivities will begin at 5 pm and continue through to the fireworks display at 9:15 pm.

5:00 p.m. - Bike parade
5:00 -9:00 p.m. - Vendors, bounce house, climbing wall, cow train, concessions, arts & crafts, fire truck, truck, Balloons, BeBe the Face Painting Clown, and Sam the Liberty Bank Eagle.
5:00 -7:00 p.m. - Baseball Coaches in the Dunk Tank $1 for 3 throws
5:30 p.m. - Great Godfrey Maze Design Reveal, Baseball Awards on Stage
6:30 p.m. - Music by Jim Mager
8:30 p.m. - Watermelon Eating Contest
9:15 p.m. - Fireworks

12.)Ferguson Family Fun Fest
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, 2016
10 a.m. - Parade
12 p.m. - Opening ceremonies
9:15 p.m. - Fireworks

13.)Ellisville's Bluebird Park Party
Morning events include an adult 5k and a kid fun run starting at 7:30 a.m. Then the party starts at 6 p.m. with lots of fun for the kiddos! They will have a giant slide, an obstacle course, a bounce house, and a climbing wall from 6-9 p.m.

July 4, 2016
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

14.)Wentzville Libertyfest
Don’t miss the annual 4th of July parade! It begins at 10:00 AM, starting at Hold High School and travels east on Pearce Boulevard, ending at Luektenhaus Boulevard. Next, there's free swimming (at Progress Park Pool beginning at noon), followed by inflatables, face painting, and live music beginning at 5 p.m. The fireworks start at 9:05 p.m. at Progress Park.

15.)Herculaneum/Dunklin Fletcher Party
The parade starts on Sat, July 2nd at 11 a.m. It starts at Joachim Ave Senn Thomas school and ends at City Park.  Opening ceremonies start at noon in City Park (Kade's Playground is here). They will have multiple inflatables including water slides, cliff jump, bungee run, mazes, and plain bounce houses. Music will include a performance by The Bonfire Band. At 1:00 p.m. is the "Herky's Got Talent" talent show. During the day there will also be a petting zoo, pony rides, raffles, food & concessions, a classic car/truck show, Tekno bubble bus, Babaloo the children's performer, and the STL game trailer with video games. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.!

16.)St. John's church Ellisville
Festivities begin at 6pm on the 4th on the church grounds at 15800 Manchester Rd. They offer free hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy, and bottled water. NICE! They will have 3 bands, Double Clique, Slightly Jaded, and Decedy. Also free will be bounce houses and field games. They don't have their own fireworks but apparently you can see Bluebird Park's display nearby. Can't pass up a completely free event!

17.) Schroeder Park Manchester
The park is at 359 Old Meramec Station Rd and the party starts on the 4th at 6pm. They will have live music from Butch Wax and the Hollywoods. Fireworks start at 9pm. They will have concessions and you can also bring your own food. If it rains they will do it on the 5th.

18.)Twin Oaks
This event is on Sat, July 2nd at 1 Twin Oaks Ct. Shea and the Silverstreak will play at 7 and fireworks are at 9:15. It doesn't sounds like they have anything to offer except the music and fireworks (no kids activities or food).

19.)Edwardsville IL
Festivities starts at 2 p.m. with the raising of the flag followed by an old-time carnival slate of activities beginning at 3 p.m. The fun includes a ring toss, balloon darts, duck and fish ponds, plinko and much more. There will also be inflatables, face painting and even a hot dog eating contest at 6:30 p.m. The fireworks show begins at dusk. Sat., July 2, Free. American Legion Post Golf Course, 58 S. State Route 157, Edwardsville IL

Fourth of July festivities continue beginning at 6 pm at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex with a live band concert featuring Triology.  Join us for food, fun and fireworks!  There will be a variety of food booths, fire trucks and playground for the kids all followed by fantastic, musically choreographed fireworks display at dusk. Parking at the complex is by permit only. General parking is available at three lots located off Taussig Avenue Lane just north of St. Charles Rock Road.

21.)The Hill
The Hill neighborhood in St. Louis City puts on a great show the week after the Fourth at Sublette Park. This year it's Sat July 9th at sundown. They don't have anything else except fireworks but i've heard they're amazing! 

22.)Six Flags July 4th Fest
Six Flags will be producing fireworks displays nightly July 2-4 in honor of Independence Day. As part of its Salute to Heroes, the park will also offer free admission to all active military and discounts for veterans and military families.Stop by the Coke Zone in the Studio Backlot area to participate in fun festive activities from noon-6 p.m. every day. A live DJ will host an all-American dance party and you can meet some patriotic characters including Lady Liberty, Flagman, and the Uncle Sam stilt walker. Get your face painted and grab some silly props for the photo booth. Plus, the World Bird Sanctuary will be there with American Bald Eagles. They will also have giant Jenga and Connect 4 games.

23.)West Alton IL
Sunday July 3rd the Band First Impact is playing at 6:00 p.m. and the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

24.)First Baptist Church of Arnold
Sunday July 3rd they will start activities at 6:30 p.m. They will have carnival rides, a car show, a BMX and Moto cross stunt show, multiple food trucks, and a huge fireworks display.

25.)Grafton IL
Saturday July 2. It says to come out at enjoy entertainment and food but doesn't specify exactly what that is. Fireworks start at 9:00 p.m.

26.)Columbia IL
The celebration starts on July 4th at 11:00 a.m. at the American Legion when the concessions open. At noon there will be BINGO.  At 1:30 a washers tournament, and at 4:30 a Kloepper tournament.
 From 5:30 - 8:30 there will be music and entertainment for all ages. Uncle Sam and a balloon artist will be on hand for the kids. Fireworks at dusk.  In case of rain fireworks on July 5.

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