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Best Places To Celebrate The Fourth of July In The STL Area

St. Louis, MO residents can celebrate America’s birthday in style with a variety of local events and parades taking place in 2019. We have rounded up four of our favorite family-friendly celebrations below.

4th of July 2019 Events and Parades near St. Louis, MO

Fair St. Louis

When: July 4, 5, 6
Where: Gateway Arch National Park

Anyone in the St. Louis area for the 4th won’t find a bigger celebration than Fair St. Louis. This annual three-day event offers something for everyone from hands-on activities for the kids to headlining concerts for the adults. The event is free and open to everyone. The fair organizers have yet to announce the concert schedule for this year. For the most up-to-date information, visit the event website or Facebook pages.

America’s Birthday Parade

When: July 4
Where: Market Street, St. Louis

St. Louis is home to one of the largest 4th of July parades in the country. Following tradition, the parade will take place on the morning of the 4th and will include marching bands, floats, character balloons, special performances, and more. The parade will kick off at the intersection of 20th and Market. It will then follow Market St. East until ending at the intersection of Market and Broadway. The parade will also be televised for those who can’t make the event in person.

Riverfest 2019

When: July 3, 4
Where: Frontier Park, Saint Charles, MO

The annual Riverfest celebration in Saint Charles will be kicking off one day earlier than the Fair St. Louis for residents looking to start the fun early! With live music, food, and craft vendors scheduled for both days and a parade and fireworks in the morning and evening of the 4th, Riverfest is family-friendly and great for anyone who prefers something a little smaller in scale than Fair St. Louis. Admission to Riverfest is free.

Gateway Grizzlies Game and Fireworks

When: July 2, 3, 4
Where: GCS Ballpark, Sauget, IL

Is there a better way to celebrate America’s birthday than with a ballgame and fireworks? We think not. The Gateway Grizzlies will be playing home games on July 2, 3, and 4 and each game will be capped with a fireworks display. The first evening is Red White and Blues night with dueling pianos, the second evening is a Glow Game sponsored by Pepsi, and the third evening is Happy Birthday America presented by US Bank.


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Are There Any Drive-In Theatres Near STL?

Consider taking advantage of the last bits of summer by visiting a local drive-in movie theater. There are 4 drive-in movie theaters within an hour and a half of St. Louis, depending on where you are coming from, and any would make the perfect destination for a family-friendly trip with the kids or a romantic date night. Find information on the local theaters along with some tips and tricks for a night at the drive-in here.

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