Venue where event is being held
Date: July 2, 3 & 4, 2016
Fair St. Louis has been one of the biggest events in the city for as long as anyone can remember. This year, the Fair will once again be held at Forest Park — which was a new location last year, after several decades on the riverfront. This year’s headliners will be Sammy Hagar, FloRida and Lee Brice. The Forest Park location will offer all the food, music and live entertainment locals have come to expect from the Fair, plus the usual showstopping fireworks spectacles each evening.
222 S. Riverside Drive
St. Charles, MO 63301
Date: July 1–4, 2016
As the city expands to the west, residents west of the Missouri river have developed their own celebration of the holiday, sometimes on a grand scale. Riverfest is a four-day festival on the riverfront in St. Charles that delivers food, carnival rides, a craft market, and live music and entertainment galore. Fireworks take place on July 3 and 4 at 9:20 p.m. Don’t miss the parade at 10 a.m. on Monday the fourth.
Date: July 3 at 9:00 p.m.
On the Illinois side of the river, residents can still enjoy spectacular fireworks reflected on the surface of the Mighty Mississippi. The colorful show is launched from barges on the river, and you can watch from the safety of the shore in Alton, Grafton, or anywhere in between. This popular event always draws a crowd. The show is scheduled late enough to show up well against the night sky, but early enough to bring the kids. Tip: If you decide to have dinner before the show in one of the many restaurants along the Great River Road, make reservations early.
I-44 just south of the Elm Avenue exit
Webster Groves, MO 63119
Date: July 2–4, 2016
Webster Groves Community Days is an old-fashioned neighborhood celebration that includes a carnival, barbecue, parade and fireworks. This event draws people from all over the St. Louis area who prefer to avoid the crowds at some of the bigger festivals. Don’t miss the parade on the fourth at 10 a.m. or the fireworks shows each evening at 9:30 p.m.
Ozzie Smith Sports Complex
Date: July 2–4, 2016
The Heritage and Freedom Festival in O’Fallon, MO offers free admission, free concerts, free parking and free shuttle service. A full-blown carnival with rides, games and food will amuse your whole family during Family Night on July 2. July 3 is Country Music Night, and for the 4th of July, you can enjoy live music for Rock ‘n Roll Night. Fireworks shows, free concerts, side shows, kids’ activities, vendors and food booths guarantee a fantastic Independence Day experience for the whole family.