Parades, fireworks and parties: Your guide to July 4th in St. Louis (2024)

Parades, fireworks and parties: Your guide to July 4th in St. Louis (1)

This Fourth of July, Celebrate St. Louis brings back the biggest celebration in town.

UPDATE:Weather has forced cancellation or postponement of several events. See which ones here.

Organizers consolidated the city's annual parade and Fair St. Louis into Celebrate St. Louis earlier this year. The majority volunteer-run event is sponsored by private donations. The festivities themselves, which take place over the course of a single day, include concerts, vendors, performances and fireworks.

For America’s 248th birthday, the celebration kicks off when the Misty Blues All-Female Skydiving Team takes its first jump at 10 a.m.Planned events for the day include:

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  • 10 a.m. - America’s Birthday Parade: The lineup will wind its way West along Market Street, against the backdrop of the Gateway Arch. Expect vibrant floats of all shapes and sizes, live performances and marching bands galore.

  • Noon - Food and beverages: Vendors will open along the riverfront on Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard, next to a Family Fun Zone.

  • 12:30 p.m. - Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation Teen Talent performance:Local high schoolers perform.

  • 2 p.m. - The air show is back: Top Gun pilot Chuck Coleman flies over the Mississippi River. Other performers include Red Bull Racer Kevin Coleman and award-winning airboss Wayne Boggs.

  • 4 p.m. - Eads Bridge 150th Anniversary: The Missouri History Museum joins to mark this milestone.

  • 4:15 - 9:40 p.m. - Live music: FEEL, Lupe Fiasco, LOCASH and the Urge perform under the Arch.

  • 6:25 p.m. - Salute the Troops: A special recognition ceremony to honor service members and their families.

  • 9:40 p.m. - Fireworks: A display framed by the Gateway Arch.

“I hope families really enjoy getting to see their city and seeing all the organizations that are involved, and getting some great family time,” Tim Meers, general chairman of Celebrate St. Louis, says.

In addition to their annual Independence Day festivities, Celebrate St. Louis produces year-round events, such as the Gateway Legends Tournament esports tournament.

“There is something for everyone,” Meers says. “I’m most excited about showing off all of the elements that the community has historically been a part of.”

Several St. Louis-area cities move fireworks shows to Friday. Others cancel events.

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St. Louis offers countless ways to celebrate July Fourth. Below is a selection of parades, fireworks, concerts and other events happening across the St. Louis area on the most patriotic day of the year.

ART Bar

  • When: 7-11 p.m. July 4

  • Where: ART Bar, 3550 Samuel Shepard Drive

  • How much: Minimum $100 per person

  • More info:eventbrite.com

The “Red, Arts & Blue Party” gives attendees a view of the Arch and the fireworks beside it — 13 stories in the sky. Reservations include food, beverage and live music from DJ Epic. Guests must purchase a table online.

Bridgeton

  • When:10 a.m. parade and evening celebration at6 p.m. July 4

  • Where: Parade starts at St. James subdivision, heading west on Natural Bridge to the Machinist Hall, 12365 St Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton

  • How much:Free

  • More info:bridgetonmo.com

The celebration will kick off with a morning parade, and an evening filled with concessions, fireworks and live music by the Breakdown Shakedown. Attendees are welcome to bring their own food and beverage, but there will be food trucks offering everything from Mexican fare to mini doughnuts and kettle corn.

Chesterfield

  • When: 6:30 p.m. July 4

  • Where: Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex, 17925 North Outer 40 Road

  • How much:Free

  • More info:chesterfield.mo.us

Enjoy food trucks, pony rides, inflatables, circus acts, a petting zoo, and a Kids Zone for families. Lawn chairs, blankets, food, and beverages are allowed, but no glass or tobacco products. Fat Pocket performs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by a firework display.

Edwardsville

  • When: 2 p.m.-10 p.m. July 6

  • Where: Hill Golf Course and Lounge, 58 Illinois 157, Edwardsville

  • How much:Free

  • More info: cityofedwardsville.com

Lounge in the scenic 50-acre hilltop and enjoy food trucks, live music, bourbon and wine tasting, and drink specials. The firework showkicks off at dusk.

Ellisville

  • When: 7 p.m. July 4

  • Where: Bluebird Park, 225 Kiefer Creek Road, Ellisville

  • How much:Free

  • More info:ellisville.mo.us

Celebrate America’s birthday with barbecue and a Griffin and the Gargoyles Concert.The night will wrap up with a fireworks show that starts at 9:15 p.m. A limited number of parking passes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for Ellisville Residents, that can be obtained either online or in-person.

Eureka

  • When: 6 p.m.-10 p.m. July 4

  • Where: Central Avenue Spur, 394 South Central Avenue, Eureka

  • How much:Free

  • More info:eureka.mo.us

Enjoy family time in the park with food trucks and live music by local band the Tailgators. A fireworks display choreographed to music will begin at 9:15 p.m. Coolers, picnic blankets and chairs are welcome, but leave any glass bottles at home.

Ferguson

  • When: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. July 4

  • Where: Parade starts at at the Ferguson Fire Department (200 South Florissant Road) and ends at January Wabash Memorial Park (501 North Florissant Road)

  • How much: Free

  • More info:fergusoncity.com

The party kicks off with a morning parade at 10 a.m. sharp, followed by a Family Fun Festival with inflatables, music and food. Try to arrive early and get a good spot. The fireworks spectacular will begin right at dusk, at about 9:15 p.m.

Florissant

  • When: 7:15 p.m. July 4

  • Where: James J. Eagan Civic Center, 1 James J. Eagan Drive, Florissant

  • How much:Free

  • More info:local.aarp.org

The celebration includes live music, food trucks, free footballs and free parking. A fireworks show starts at about 9:15 p.m.

Godfrey

  • When: 5-9:30 p.m. July 4

  • Where: Robert E Glazebook Park, 1401 Stamper Lane, Godfrey

  • How much: Free

  • More info:godfreyil.org

Enjoy fun family activities, including face painting, balloon art, watermelon eating contests, a dunk tank and food trucks. The fireworks display will begin at 9:15 p.m. Reach out to the Godfrey office for volunteer or vendor opportunities.

Granite City

  • When: 6 p.m. July 4, 8 a.m. July 6

  • Where: Wilson Park, 2900 Benton Street, Granite City

  • How much: Free

  • More info:gcparkdistrict.com

The “Patriots in the Park” celebration entails two-days of America-themed festivities. On the Fourth, expect food trucks and musical entertainment by Tess Boyer Schenk, Katie Hubbard and Jonathan Cane from the Journey. The firework show begins at 9:15 p.m. On Saturday, observe or participate in a 5K, 9 a.m. car show and vendor fair, and a softball tournament that afternoon.

Hillsboro

  • When: 6 p.m. July 4

  • Where: Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 10349 Highway 21, Hillsboro

  • How much: Free

  • More info: local.aarp.org

Bring coolers, lawn chairs and picnic blankets to enjoy the fireworks show at dusk. Leave your pets at home.

Innsbrook

  • When: 5:30-10 p.m. July 6

  • Where: Aspen Center, 993 Aspen Lake Circle Drive, Innsbrook

  • How much: $5-$500

  • More info:eventbrite.com

Watch the fireworks crack over Lake Aspen. The Premier Patriotic Party brings live entertainment and an exclusive dining buffet. Seating is limited, so reserve a spot as soon as possible.

Kirkwood

  • When: 5 p.m. July 4 UPDATE: Will be July 5

  • Where: Kirkwood Park, 111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood

  • How much: Free

  • More info:kirkwoodmo.org

A celebration for all ages, the “Freedom Festival” will include food trucks and live music that starts at 7 p.m. When the sun sets, the fireworks begin.

Le Meridien St. Louis Clayton

  • When: 5:30-8 p.m. July 4

  • Where: LeMeridien St. Louis Clayton, 7730 Bonhomme Avenue

  • How much: Minimum $15 per person

  • More info:eventbrite.com

The hotel will open its pool deck for guests to laze in the water with food, co*cktails and live music. For the attendees who don’t like to swim, the new bocce ball court is ready for business.

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Manchester

  • When: 6 p.m. July 4

  • Where: Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road, Manchester

  • How much: Free

  • More info:manchestermo.gov

Bring a blanket and lawn chair to see a concert by Butchwax & the Hollywoods, followed by a fireworks display at dark. Food and beer sales will be available until 9 p.m.

Mascoutah

  • When: Noon-10 p.m. July 4

  • Where: Scheve Park, Harnett Street and Harper Road, Mascoutah

  • How much: Free

  • More info:facebook.com

This “Annual Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration” includes carnival rides, bounce houses, food and drinks, and a foam party from 4 to 6 p.m. The festivities feature music by White Collar Recession and USAF Rock Band, and fireworks that begin at 9:30 p.m.

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O’Fallon, Mo.

  • When: 4-10 p.m. July 3, 5 and 6; 9:30 a.m. July 4

  • Where:Ozzie Smith Sports Park, 900 TR Hughes Boulevard, O'Fallon

  • How much:Free

  • More info:heritageandfreedomfest.com

This Heritage & Freedom Fest brings a four-day experience with a carnival, parade, fireworks, and a series of country and rock concerts, starring musicians such as Bret Michaels and Mitchell Tenpenny. The event also hosts activities for kids, like the dinosaur-themed Fossil Zone that includes hands-on educational activities.

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St. Charles

  • When: Noon-10 p.m. July 4

  • Where: Frontier Park, 500 South Riverside Drive, St. Charles

  • How much: Free

  • More info:stcharlescitymo.gov

The Riverfest festival includes live music, food and drinks, children’s activities and a carnival. The parade passes through Frenchtown and the historic Main Street. Fireworks are scheduled for Saturday. The Missouri River's rise after recent rains and flooding upstream has forced the cancellation of all Friday events, however.

Sauget

  • When: 7:05 p.m. July 3 and 4

  • Where: Grizzlies Ballpark, 2301 Grizzlie Bear Boulevard, Sauget

  • How much: $20

  • More info:gatewaygrizzlies.com

Celebrate America’s birthday with one of its most long standing traditions: a good ‘ole game of baseball. Enjoy a hot dog and beer as you watch the Gateway Grizzlies face off with the New England Knockouts. The celebratory twist? A postgame display of fireworks.

360 STL

  • When: 7-10 p.m. July 4

  • Where: Atop Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, One South Broadway

  • How much: Minimum $135 per person

  • More info:360-stl.com

Enjoy food and beverages with live DJ entertainment and a Glow Party atmosphere. The event is for ages 21+ only, and reservations must be made by July 2.

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Six Flags St. Louis

  • When: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. July 4-6

  • Where: Six Flags St. Louis, 4900 Six Flags Road, Eureka

  • How much: Minimum $29 per person

  • More info: sixflags.com

The park will be decorated in red, white and blue in celebration. Enjoy amusem*nt park rides, music and nightly fireworks at 9:05 pm.

Troy, Mo.

  • When: 6 p.m. July 4

  • Where: Lincoln County Fairgrounds, 1 Fairgrounds Road, Troy

  • How much: Free

  • More info:local.aarp.org

The Troy Rotary brings you food, music and fireworks. Can’t make it? That’s OK. Tune into KYRO 1280AM/105.3FM for coverage.

Webster Groves

  • When: 6 p.m. July 3, 10 a.m. July 4

  • Where: Parade begins at Lockwood and Selma, and ends at Memorial Park (33 East Glendale Road, Webster Groves)

  • How much:Free

  • More info:webstergrovesmo.gov

If you have a pet – dog, cat, pig, chicken, iguana, any that is not a wild animal – it qualifies for the Pet Parade on July 3, where they have the opportunity to win an award for Best Trick, Pet/Owner Look-Alike, or Best Float. On July 4, enjoy the two-mile Community Days Parade, with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. that night.

Weldon Spring

  • When:10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 4

  • Where:City Park, 5401 Independence Road, Weldon Spring

  • How much:Free

  • More info: weldonspring.org

Expect an evening of food trucks, inflatables, fireworks and a bubble foam party. The kids zone includes bounces houses and a magic show. For the main event, listen to live music and watch the fireworks extravaganza that starts at 9:15 p.m.

Wentzville

  • When: 10 a.m. July 4

  • Where: Progress Park, 968 Meyer Road, Wentzville

  • How much:Free

  • More info:wentzvillemo.gov

Stretching from the Wentzville Ice Arena to Allen Street, the parade shows off this year’s theme, “America’s Celebration.” To participate, register to bring a float for $10, and get designing. Enjoy a refreshing swim at the pool, and bring a chair for fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Westport Plaza

  • When: 3 p.m. July 6

  • Where: Westport Plaza, 111 West Port Plaza Drive

  • How much:Free

  • More info:westportstl.com

This Independence Day bash includes live music, a pie eating contest, magic shows, caricatures and face painting. Drinks and concessions will be available throughout the night. The fireworks finale begins at 9 p.m.

Several St. Louis-area cities move fireworks shows to Friday. Others cancel events.

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