IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR 2014: Fair St. Louis is moving to a new location in 2014. The fair will be held July 3-5 at Art Hill in Forest Park. For all the information on this year's fair, see Big Changes for Fair St. Louis 2014.Fair St. Louis has been a July 4th tradition in St. Louis for more than 30 years. The Gateway Arch and Mississippi Riverfront are St. Louis' favorite place to celebrate Independence Day. In 2013, the Fair will run for three days: July 4, 5 and 6. The Fair will feature air shows, free concerts and fireworks displays. Here's information on the parade, concerts, kids activities, food and fireworks. Plus, you'll find valuable tips for getting around downtown, where to parking and other ideas to help you have a great time at Fair St. Louis 2013.
For other ways to celebrate Independence Day, check out 15 Top July 4th Celebrations in the St. Louis Area.
The VP Parade:
Food & Family Fun:
The Fair also has an activity area for just for the kids. The K-Town Kids Zone will entertain your children with games, crafts and performances by local dancers and musicians. The Kids Zone opens at noon each day of the Fair.
The show is scheduled to begin each night at about 9:20 p.m., but don't wait until the last minute to make your way downtown. The Archgrounds begin filling up hours earlier, with people staking out their spots with blankets and lawn chairs (by 8:30 p.m., most of the grass will be covered by a patchwork of blankets). The grass under the Gateway Arch is no doubt the best place to see the fireworks and hear the music, but if you don't make it in time, you can still see the fireworks all over downtown.
Parking and Transportation:
Leaving the Fair:
There are two ways you can avoid the frustration of sitting in traffic. The first option is to ride Metrolink to the Fair. The nearest stations are Laclede's Landing, 8th and Pine, and Busch Stadium. A one-way ticket is $2.25 for adults or $1.10 for seniors and children.
Or, if you did drive your own vehicle downtown, simply wait out the traffic. You can't hang around the Archgrounds (police move in quickly to clear everyone out), but you can make your way to one of the various restaurants, bars or lounges downtown or in Laclede's Landing for a drink, late meal or snack. Call ahead of time to see who's open late, who's kitchen will be open and even if they're taking reservations. Plan on the fireworks being over before 10 p.m., and traffic clearing out by 11 p.m.