Celebrate the 4th of July with the amazing fireworks displays throughout the St. Louis area for the perfect Independence Day with your family. The best places to watch the pyrotechnics light up the sky this year range from full-day events to waterfront evenings everyone will enjoy.
Fair St. Louis
Gateway Arch Park
Walnut Street and South Memorial Drive
St. Louis, MO 63102
Prices: free/$20 to $25 parking
St. Louis celebrates July 4 all day, starting at 7 a.m. with a four-mile run and culminating in a spectacular 9:20 p.m. fireworks display reflecting off of the Mississippi River. The full-day celebration includes the annual Veil Prophet parade, activities for kids, an air show and a live performance by HEART. Fair St. Louis is always stocked with food vendors and plenty of cold, local beers. Click here for a complete schedule of events.
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Community Fireworks Display at Ritenour
Ritenour High School
9100 Saint Charles Rock Road
Breckenridge Hills, MO 63114
Price: free/free parking at Ritenour High School parking lot, St. John’s City Hall and St. John’s Bank
Plan to watch 4th of July fireworks from the grandstand at Ritenour High School. This wonderful fireworks display has moved from its annual location at Woodson Park to the high school’s football field, and it’s now bigger and better than ever. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. with a local, live band on stage. The city of Overland police explorers are providing barbecue, soft drinks and beer for sale. Grab a bite, relax and visit with family and frends until the fireworks start at 9:20 p.m., then enjoy the show.
St. Charles Riverfest
500 S. Riverside Drive
Saint Charles, MO 63301
Prices: free/free parking on Frontier Park grounds
Celebrate the Fourth of July on the banks of the Missouri River in St. Charles, home of Missouri first state capitol. This full day celebration begins with a parade at 10 a.m., followed by live music starting at noon, and the premier fireworks display at 9:20 p.m. Throughout the day there are activities for kids, including a bungee trampoline, gyroscope and a kiddy swing, and free family friendly games. FredBird will make an appearance, so plan to enjoy traditional Fourth of July food on the banks of the Missouri River and watch the fireworks. Click here for a complete schedule of events.
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Bridgeton Fireworks Display
Bridgeton Athletic Complex
13161 Taussig Road
Bridgeton, MO 63044
Prices: free/free parking on site
After your family gets together, head to the Bridgeton Athletic Complex to enjoy the fireworks. Starting at 6 p.m. families may spread out a blanket, picnic and relax. Live music will entertain while the kids enjoy the clowns and pre-fireworks activities. Bridgeton community volunteers are cooking up hot dogs and burgers, and beer and soft drinks are available. This stunning fireworks show will begin at dusk.
Webster Groves Community Days
South Elm Avenue and East Glendale Road
Webster Groves, MO 63119
Prices: free/free parking on the Memorial Park grounds
Webster Groves hosts an old-fashion 4th of July celebration as part of Webster Groves Community Days annually. Webster Groves Lions Club offers a carnival, complete with rides and games, and barbecue all day with all proceeds donated to charity. This old-fashioned Independence Day celebration kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m. starting and Lockwood and Selma continuing two miles to Memorial Park, and ends with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Click here for a schedule of events.
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