Besides free music festivals, my favorite thing about St. Louis Summers are the fireworks displays. I love that I can watch fireworks at a different festival every day for an entire week (and the weekend before). It’s a great way to explore the city and check out neighborhoods that we often don’t bother visiting, and trust me, there are plenty of options. If St. Louis is going to be put on any list, it should be for having the most options for watching fireworks during the summer.
Here’s a list of festivals and fireworks in St. Louis for the 4th of July weekend 2017 (weather pending – check event websites or Facebook pages for possible cancellations due to weather). If you know of any others, please share.
Fair St. Louis: July 2nd-4th in Forest Park. Experience free performances from Akon, SuperDuperKyle, 3 Doors Down, Sister Hazel, Eve 6, Jake Owen, Dan+Shay, Matt Stillwell and more in Forest Park followed by fireworks each night at 9:35pm (10pm on Saturday).
St. Louis Cardinals vs Milwaukee Brewers: July 1st-4th. While Fair St. Louis is in Forest Park again this year, you can still watch fireworks downtown at the Cardinals game. Cooper Tires is sponsoring a dazzling fireworks display with the Gateway Arch as the backdrop at their Monday, July 3rd game against the Marlins. Buy tickets to the game or look to the sky above Busch Stadium after the Cardinal win. There are also some awesome patriotic giveaways all weekend long.
O’Fallon’s Heritage and Freedom Fest: July 2 – 4. This free festival, parade, and concert at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex in O’Fallon, MO will include a carnival, parade and performances by Eric Paslay, Whiskey Morning, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, World Classic Rockers, and more followed by magnificent fireworks displays at 10:15pm on Monday and 9:30pm on Tuesday.
St. Charles Riverfest: July 1st-4th. A four day festival in Frontier Park with live music, food and fun beginning Saturday at 5pm. There will be a parade beginning at 10am on the 4th. There will be live music from Patt Holt Veteran Tribute, That 80s Band, Charles Glenn, Oh Brother, Contagious, The Nick Lynch Band, and more plus food and crafts, and fireworks on the Missouri River on the 3rd and 4th at 9:20pm.
Webster Groves Community Days and Fireworks: July 1st-4th. The festival runs for 4 days with a BBQ, carnival, pageant, parade on Tuesday morning at 10am, and fireworks shows at 9:30pm on Monday & Tuesday.
Fireworks on the Mississippi: Monday, July 3rd. Alton hosts a spectacular fireworks display along the Riverfront at 9:30pm.
Chesterfield Celebration and Fireworks: Tuesday, July 4th at Chesterfield Mall. The festival begins at 6:30pm, with music by Fat Pocket from 7:30pm – 9pm, and Circus Kaput in the kid’s zone, followed by a fireworks display at 9:30pm. Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs.
Kirkwood Freedom Festival: July 4th in Kirkwood Park. Free concert in the park with music and activities TBA.
Hermann’s Fourth of July: July 2 & 4. Aftershock, a music performance team from the 135th Army Band kicks off Hermann’s Fourth of July festivities with a performance at the amphitheater on Sunday evening. The concert is free and start at 7:30pm. Then on July 4, there is a parade at 4pm followed by a kids tractor pull and turtle race and fireworks at 9:15pm. There will be food and vendor booths available all day.
Ellisville Independence Day 5K & Celebration: July 4. Begins with a 5k Run/Walk & Kids Dash at 7:30am. The free festival begins at 6pm in Bluebird Park with performance by Griffin & The Gargoyles at 7pm followed by a huge fireworks display at 9:30pm.
Arnold Independence Day Celebration: July 1st. A free festival from 4 -11pm in Arnold City Park. The festival will offer a bounce house, food trucks and other concessions, and live music by Vote For Pedro with a fireworks show at 9:15pm.
JB Blast: A fireworks show in Jefferson Barracks Park in South County on Saturday, July 1st. Enjoy live music from Air Force Band of Mid-America, Shades of Blue, in the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater starting at 7pm. The evening ends with a big fireworks display at around 9:15pm.
Bridgeton Fireworks Display: The theme for this year’s parade is Honoring First Responders. The parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Weather permitting, there will be a special guest appearance by the world famous Budweiser Clydesdale Team. Evening activities will be held at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex (BMAC) beginning at 6 p.m. Festivities include food vendors, a live band concert by Trilogy and a fireworks extravaganza at dark.
4th of July in Manchester: July 4th in Schroeder Park starting at 6pm there will be live music from Butch Wax & The Hollywoods . There will be a fireworks display at about 9pm. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Rain date is Wednesday, July 5th.
Old Fashioned July 4th in Mascoutah: A free festival in Scheve Park kicks off with the Meltdown 5K Run/Walk for JDRF at 8am. The festival begins at 4pm with live music. There is a kickball tournament, softball tournament, poker, raffles, U.S. Air Force Band of MidAmerica will perform in the evening followed by the fireworks show at 9:30pm. In addition to the music, enjoy food, drinks, carnival rides, and much more.
Patriots in the Park: June 29-July 4th. A weekend long festival featuring carnival rides, live music, a car show, parachute demos, and more. The fireworks display will take place at 9:15pm on July 4th.
Wentzville Liberty Fest: July 4 at Progress Park. The festival begins with a 4th of July parade at 10am; the theme is Hail Our American Heritage. Then head to Progress Park for free swimming from 12-5pm plus inflatables, bungee, mini-golf, face painting, and live music from The Riverside Band from 6-9pm. The fireworks display will begin at 9:05pm.
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