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4th of July Events around the area!

Fair St. Louis


Fair St. Louis festivities are July 3 & 4 on the Archgrounds and St. Louis Riverfront. The Fair opens Saturday at noon and again Sunday at 11 a.m. Kids will enjoy the games and crafts at the K-Town Kids Zone. There’s fair food to fit any taste and the air shows are back this year.

Most visitors plan their day around the free concerts and fireworks. John Legend and the B-52’s are this year’s headliners. And of course the Fair’s fireworks display is not to be missed!

July 3, 2010
Noon – Fair opens
8 p.m. – John Legend
9 p.m. – Fireworks

July 4, 2010
11 a.m. – Fair opens
8 p.m. – The B-52s
9 p.m. – Fireworks

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 July 1st through 4th at Memorial Park, just south of Interstate 44 off the Elm Avenue exit.

July 1 & 2, 2010
5 p.m. – Festival opens

July 3, 2010
10 a.m. – Parade
11 a.m. – Festival opens
9:30 p.m. – Fireworks preview

July 4, 2010
11 a.m. – Festival opens
9:45 p.m. – Fireworks spectacular

St. Charles Riverfest

St. Charles has played an important role in American history and the town likes to show off its community pride at a three-day celebration called Riverfest. It’s held each year in Frontier Park on the banks of the Missouri River. Riverfest has something for everyone, including a bluegrass music festival, carnival rides, a parade and two nights of fireworks.

July 2, 2010
4:00 p.m. – 11 p.m. – Wristband night

July 3 & 4, 2010
10 a.m. – Parade (July 3 only)
12:00 p.m. – Food booths & carnival open
9:20 p.m. – Fireworks

Alton’s Mississippi River Fireworks Festival

The town of Alton is a pure slice of Americana, so it’s hard to find a better place for an Independence Day festival. Beyond the festival, 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 celebration on the 4th.

Alton’s Mississippi River Fireworks Festival is held at Riverfront Park. There’s food, beer, live entertainment and a big fireworks display, set against the beautiful Clark Bridge.

July 2, 2010
7 p.m. – Live music from Pepperland
9 p.m. – Fireworks
10 p.m. – Live music from Back in the Saddle

Hertiage & Freedom Fest, O’Fallon, MO

O’Fallon, Missouri pulls out all the stops for its Heritage & Freedom Fest. The two-day celebration features an impressive line up of nationally known musicians, including Darryl Worley, Eve 6 and Toad the Wet Sprocket. Of course there’s also a parade, a carnival, plenty of kids activities and tons of food. To top it off, the festival ends each night with fireworks.

July 2, 2010
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Family night

July 3, 2010
9:30 a.m. – Parade
12 p.m. – Festival opens
3:15 p.m. – Well Hungarians
6:30 p.m. – Chuck Wicks
8:45 p.m. – Darryl Worley
10:15 p.m. – Fireworks

July 4, 2010
12 p.m. – Festival Opens
3:30 p.m. – Toad the Wet Sprocket
5:45 p.m. – Eve 6
8 p.m. – Five for Fighting
9:30 p.m. – Fireworks

Fourth of July Celebration, 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 by Sh-Boom and fireworks.

July 4, 2010
7:30 p.m. – Sh-Boom performs
9:30 p.m. – Fireworks

Rockin’ on the Landing

July 3 on Laclede’s Landing is filled with live music, food and drinks. Top local bands will be playing on outdoor stages from noon until 9 p.m. Street vendors will be selling all kinds of food or you can always stop in at one of the Landing’s many restaurants like Morgan Street Brewery, Hannegan’s or Jake’s Steaks. The Landing is also a great location to watch the fireworks from Fair St. Louis.

July 3 & 4, 2010
Noon – Live music begins

Chesterfield Celebration & Fireworks

Chesterfiled 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, 2010
6:30 p.m. – Children’s activities
7 p.m. – Blues Plus Band
9:30 p.m. – Fireworks

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, 2010
Noon – Parade
1:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies
9:15 p.m. – Fireworks

Independence Day in Columbia, IL

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

July 4, 2010
11 a.m. – Celebration begins
Dusk – Fireworks

Fireworks in Hazelwood

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, 2010
Dusk – Fireworks