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.

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:

  • 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.

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“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.”

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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.


  • When: 7-11 p.m. July 4

  • Where: ART Bar, 3550 Samuel Shepard Drive

  • How much: Minimum $100 per person

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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.


  • 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

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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.


  • When: 6:30 p.m. July 4

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

  • How much:Free

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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.


  • When: 2 p.m.-10 p.m. July 6

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

  • How much:Free

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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.


  • When: 7 p.m. July 4

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

  • How much:Free

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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.


  • When: 6 p.m.-10 p.m. July 4

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

  • How much:Free

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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.


  • 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

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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.


  • When: 7:15 p.m. July 4

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

  • How much:Free

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


  • When: 5-9:30 p.m. July 4

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

  • How much: Free

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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

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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.


  • When: 6 p.m. July 4

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

  • How much: Free

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


  • When: 5:30-10 p.m. July 6

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

  • How much: $5-$500

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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.

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JB Blast

  • When: 5 p.m. June 28

  • Where: Veteran's Memorial Amphitheater, 533 Bagby Road

  • How much: Free

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Enjoy live music, food trucks and fireworks at Jefferson Barracks Park. The fireworks show will begin at 9:15 p.m. Feel free to bring blankets, picnic baskets and coolers.


  • When: 5 p.m. July 4

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

  • How much: Free

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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

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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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  • When: 6 p.m. July 4

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

  • How much: Free

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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.


  • When: Noon-10 p.m. July 4

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

  • How much: Free

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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

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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 and 5

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

  • How much: Free

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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. Count on fireworks for both nights.


  • When: 7:05 p.m. July 3 and 4

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

  • How much: $20

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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.


  • When: 10 a.m. July 4

  • Where: Progress Park, 968 Meyer Road, Wentzville

  • How much:Free

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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

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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.


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What time is the 4th of July parade in St. Louis? ›

“Celebrate St. Louis” will begin in downtown St. Louis. Event organizers said Wednesday night that they're playing it by ear due to ongoing rain, but they expect things to kick off at 10 a.m. with America's birthday parade and from there, the celebrations will only continue.

What time do St. Louis fireworks start? ›

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

What do fireworks symbolize on 4th of July? ›

Fireworks on July 4th symbolize the spirit of freedom and commemorating when the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.

Why do we do fireworks on the 4th of July? ›

The tradition of setting off fireworks for the Fourth of July started on the very first Independence Day in 1777, with firework celebrations taking place in Philadelphia and Boston. The Philadelphia celebration was complete with 13 rockets, one representing each colony, fired off at the beginning and end of the show.

What city has the longest 4th of July parade? ›

East Bay: Alameda

Alameda's 4th of July Parade is the longest in the nation with a route that spans 3.3 miles, attracting more than 170 entries and 2,500 participants.

What is the shortest 4th of July parade? ›

Billed as “The World's Shortest Parade,” the route begins at the corner of Soquel and State Park drives and ends at Trout Gulch Road for a total of 0.6 miles and Santa Cruz County Supervisor Zach Friend serving as grand marshal.

Can you shoot off fireworks in St Louis? ›

Fireworks are illegal in the City of St. Louis and cause thousands of injuries each year.

Why is 4th July celebrated? ›

Independence Day, known colloquially as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States which commemorates the ratification of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, establishing the United States of America.

Are fireworks legal in Lake St Louis? ›

Selling, buying or using fireworks is prohibited in St. Louis County unless you have a permit that was acquired 10 business days before the proposed display.

What do the colors of fireworks mean? ›

The colors in fireworks are created by the use of metal salts. Metal salts commonly used in firework displays include: strontium carbonate (red fireworks), calcium chloride (orange fireworks), sodium nitrate (yellow fireworks), barium chloride (green fireworks) and copper chloride (blue fireworks).

What is the point of the Fourth of July? ›

The holiday celebrates the Second Continental Congress' unanimous adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, a document announcing the colonies' separation from Great Britain.

Are 4th of July fireworks bad for the environment? ›

Fireworks Cause Air, Land, and Water Pollution

These impact air quality, human health,waterways, and soil. In a 2015 paper on the impact of fireworks on air quality, climate scientist Dian Seidel found that the 4th of July brings with it a pronounced spike in pollution across the nation.

Which states have banned fireworks? ›

Only one state completely bans the purchase and use of consumer fireworks — Massachusetts. As of June 2020, the Bay State is the only state remaining where all fireworks are illegal for private use. This includes everything from sparklers to firecrackers.

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The color blue has been the Holy Grail for pyrotechnics experts since fireworks were invented more than a millennium ago. It's by far the hardest color to produce.

What is the oldest 4th of July parade in the United States? ›

The annual celebration in the waterfront community of Bristol began long before the Fourth of July became a federal holiday, reportedly making it the nation's oldest continuous Independence Day celebration.

What time is the Fat Tuesday parade in St. Louis? ›

Louis Mardi Gras Parade. Saturday, March 1st, 2025 from 11am – The biggest Mardi Gras parade in the US after New Orleans begins at Busch Stadium and passes through the streets of Downtown South and Soulard to end with a big bash at Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Every year the parade has a different theme.

What time does the Labor Day parade start in St. Louis? ›

The 43rd Annual Tri-City Labor Day Parade and Picnic will step off at 10 a.m. Parade assembly will begin at 8 a.m. in downtown Granite City on State Street between Niedringhaus and 18th Street.

What time is the 4th of July parade in Park City? ›

Park City's Fourth of July Celebration will be hosted on Thursday, July 4, 2024. The day starts with a 5k fun run, parade (begins at 11:00 a.m.), games, and gathering in City Park, and will culminate with a drone show at Park City Mountain. Not sure where to watch the drone show from?

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