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15 Top Picks for 4th of July 2013 in St. Louis

Celebrate Independence Day with Food, Fireworks and Fun

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Independence Day 2013 in St. Louis means parades, music, fireworks and fun. There's always Fair St. Louis, but don't count out the parties thrown by smaller cities and communities. Webster Groves Community Days, for example, is one of the best (and best attended) 4th of July celebrations in the region. Bottom line, there are dozens of places to gather with family and friends to celebrate all things American. Here's information on 15 places to spend your 4th of July 2013 in the St. Louis area.

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Fair St. Louis

Photo courtesy Celebrate St. Louis

Fair St. Louis festivities are July 4, 5 & 6 under the Gateway Arch. Kids will enjoy the games and crafts at the K-Town Kids Zone. There's fair food to fit any taste and the air shows are back this year. Most visitors plan their day around the free concerts and fireworks. Trace Adkins, Bret Michaels and the Counting Crows are this year's headliners. And of course the Fair's fireworks display is not to be missed! Read more about Fair St. Louis.

July 4, 2013
9:30 a.m. - VP Parade
Noon - Fair opens
8 p.m. - Trace Adkins
9:20 p.m. - Fireworks

July 5, 2013
Noon - Fair opens
8 p.m. - Bret Michaels
9:20 p.m. - Fireworks

July 6, 2013
Noon - Fair Opens
8 p.m. - Counting Crows
9:20 p.m. - Fireworks

St. Charles Riverfest

St. Charles has played an important role in American history and the town likes to show off its community pride at a celebration called Riverfest. It's held each year in Frontier Park on the banks of the Missouri River. Riverfest is a fun way to celebrate the 4th with carnival rides, a parade and fireworks. Read more about St. Charles Riverfest.

July 4, 2013
10 a.m. - Parade
5 p.m. - Food booths & live music
9:20 p.m. - Fireworks

Hertiage & Freedom Fest, O'Fallon, MO

O'Fallon, Missouri pulls out all the stops for its Heritage & Freedom Fest at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex. The celebration features an impressive line up of nationally known musicians, including Jack Ingram and Cowboy Mouth. Of course there's also a parade, carnival, kids activities, food and fireworks. Read more about O'Fallon Heritage & Freedom Fest.

July 2, 2013
5 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Family night

July 3, 2013
5 p.m. - Festival opens
6:30 p.m. - Josh Kelley
8:45 p.m. - Jack Ingram
10:15 p.m. - Fireworks

July 4, 2013
9:30 a.m. - Parade
12 p.m. - Festival opens
5:30 p.m. - Cowboy Mouth
8 p.m. - Spin Doctors
9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

Webster Groves Community Days

One day just isn't enough to celebrate Independence Day in Webster Groves. Community Days is a four-day celebration featuring a carnival, BBQ, parade and fireworks. It's truly an old-fashioned event that draws visitors from around the St. Louis area. The festival's held July 3rd through 6th at Memorial Park, just south of Interstate 44 off the Elm Avenue exit. See pictures of the Community Days Parade.

July 3, 2013
5 p.m. - Festival opens

July 4, 2013
10 a.m. - Parade
11 a.m. - Festival opens
9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

July 5, 2013
5 p.m. - Festival opens
7 p.m. - Miss Webster Groves pageant

July 6, 2013
11 a.m. - Festival opens
9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

Alton's Mississippi River Fireworks Festival

Photo by Gene Kunz, courtesy the Alton Regional CVB

The town of Alton is a pure slice of Americana, so it's hard to find a better place for an Independence Day festival. Beyond the festival, there's plenty to see and do in and around town (see Top Things to Do Around Alton, Illinois). Plus, because Alton likes to hold its celebration early, you can hit another local celebration on the 4th.

Alton's Mississippi River Fireworks Festival is held at Riverfront Park. There's food, beer, live entertainment and a big fireworks display, set against the beautiful Clark Bridge.

July 3, 2013
7 p.m. - Live music
9 p.m. - Fireworks

Fourth of July Celebration, Ellisville

For West County residents, Bluebird Park in Ellisville is the place to be on July 4. The event keeps with solid traditions, with vendors selling hot dogs, brats, ice cream and other favorite festival foods. There's also live music from the Smash Band and fireworks.

July 4, 2013
6 p.m. - Celebration begins
Fireworks at dusk

Rockin' on the Landing

July 4th on Laclede's Landing is filled with live music, food and drinks. Top local bands will be playing on outdoor stages from 1 p.m. until 11 p.m. Street vendors will be selling all kinds of food or you can always stop in at one of the Landing's many restaurants like Morgan Street Brewery, Hannegan's or Jake's Steaks. The Landing is also a great location to watch the fireworks from Fair St. Louis.

July 4-6, 2013
1 p.m. - Live music begins
9:20 p.m. - Watch Fair St. Louis fireworks

Metro East Park Celebration

Another spot offering great views of the air shows and fireworks at Fair Saint Louis is Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park in East St. Louis. The Metro East Park and Recreation District is hosting a three day celebration in the park including children's activities, magic shows, live music, food and fun.

July 4-5, 2013
11:30 a.m. - Celebration begins
9:20 p.m. - Watch Fair St. Louis fireworks

July 6, 2013
4:30 p.m. - Celebration begins
9:20 p.m. - Watch Fair St. Louis fireworks

JB Blast

JB Blast is a free celebration at Jefferson Barracks Park in South St. Louis County. There is live music by the Shades of Blue Jazz Band at the Veteran's Memorial Amphitheater. The evening ends with a big fireworks display.

July 5, 2013
7 p.m. - Live music
9 p.m. - Fireworks

Kirkwood Freedom Festival

Residents and visitors will gather in Kirkwood Park on July 4 for the city's annual Freedom Festival. Everyone is invited to enjoy an evening of live music, food and fireworks.

July 4, 2013
7 p.m. - Live music
Fireworks at dusk

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