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15 Top Picks for 4th of July 2014 in St. Louis

Celebrate Independence Day with Food, Fireworks and Fun

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Independence Day 2014 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 the top places to spend your 4th of July 2014 in the St. Louis area.

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Alton's Fireworks Over the Mississippi

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

July 3, 2014
5 p.m. - Live music
9:15 p.m. - Fireworks

Fair St. Louis

Photo by David O'Brien

Fair St. Louis festivities are July 3, 4 & 5 at Art Hill in Forest Park. Kids will enjoy the games and crafts at the Family Festival Zone. There's fair food to fit any taste and cold drinks too. Most visitors plan their day around the free concerts and fireworks. The Band Perry, Bonnie Raitt and The Fray are this year's headliners. And of course, the fireworks display is not to be missed! Read more about Fair St. Louis.

July 3, 2014
5 p.m. - Fair opens
8:45 p.m. - The Band Perry
10 p.m. - Fireworks

July 4, 2014
10 a.m. - VP Parade
Noon - Fair opens
8:30 p.m. - Bonnie Raitt
10 p.m. - Fireworks

July 5, 2014
Noon - Fair Opens
8:30 p.m. - The Fray
10 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 3, 2014
5 p.m. - Festival opens

July 4, 2014
10 a.m. - Parade
Noon - Festival opens
9:20 p.m. - Fireworks

July 5, 2014
Noon - Festival opens
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 Chris Cagle and Switchfood. Of course there's also a parade, carnival, kids activities, food and fireworks. Read more about O'Fallon Heritage & Freedom Fest.

July 2, 2014
5 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Family night

July 3, 2014
5 p.m. - Festival opens
6:30 p.m. - JT Hodges
8:45 p.m. - Chris Cagle
10:15 p.m. - Fireworks

July 4, 2014
9:30 a.m. - Parade
12 p.m. - Festival opens
3:30 p.m. - Bodeans
5:30 p.m. - Survivor
8 p.m. - Switchfoot
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 2, 2014
5 p.m. - Festival opens
7:30 p.m. - Miss Webster Groves Pageant

July 3, 2014
5 p.m. - Festival opens
6:30 p.m. - Children's Pet Parade

July 4, 2014
10 a.m. - Parade
11 a.m. - Festival opens
9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

July 5, 2014
11 a.m. - Festival opens
9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

JB Blast

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

July 4, 2014
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 by the Smash Band and fireworks.

July 4, 2014
6 p.m. - Celebration begins
Fireworks at dusk

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, 2014
7 p.m. - Live music
Fireworks at dusk

Chesterfield Celebration & Fireworks

Chesterfiled holds its Independence Day celebration on the parking lot of Chesterfield Mall on the northwest side, between Macy's and Dillard's. There will be children's activities, live music, food and fireworks. Everyone is encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs.

July 4, 2014
7 p.m. - Celebration begins
9:15 p.m. - Fireworks

Ferguson Family Fun Festival

Ferguson celebrates the 4th of July with an all-day celebration for the whole family at January Wabash Park. There's a parade, children's entertainment, food, music and fireworks.

July 4, 2014
10 a.m. - Parade
12 p.m. - Opening ceremonies
9:15 p.m. - Fireworks

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