Across the United States, cities large and small celebrate the independence of our great nation on July 4th. The City of St. Louis and the communities in the Metropolitan area are no different. In fact, St. Louis puts on a large celebration on the grounds of the Gateway Arch called Fair Saint Louis. It runs for several days including the July 4th and features live entertainment on several stages, festival food and drink, kids activities and more. A dazzling fireworks display is held on the Mississippi riverfront each evening of the Fair. On the morning of the Fourth, the annual Veil Prophet Parade is held in St. Louis. Hundreds of people line the parade route to see large balloons, marching bands, floats and a whole lot of patriotism. Young and old alike will enjoy the Fair St. Louis Air Show that is also held on the Fourth of July. The Air Fair features feats of incredible aerobatics performed by military and civilian aircraft.
Many communities in the counties around St. Louis put on their own Independence Day celebrations. Ferguson Missouri is one of those communities and begins its all day celebration on the 4th of July with a parade through Old Town, continues with family centered activities during the day at January Wabash Park and then ends the celebration with a fireworks display that evening. Webster Groves Missouri is another community with an annual Independence Day celebration. Their celebration is called Webster Groves Community Days and is a 4 day festival that features live music, entertainment, fireworks displays, a pet parade, a 4th of July parade, carnival rides, even a "Miss Webster Groves" pageant. St. Charles Missouri celebrates the 4th of July with their annual Riverfest. Taking place in Frontier Park, Riverfest features carnival rides, food and drink, a parade and ends with a fireworks display on the banks of the Missouri River. Alton Illinois hold's their Mississippi River Fireworks Festival on the 4th at Riverfront Park. The festival includes live music, food and drink, and ends with a fireworks display. There are many other communities that hold their own celebrations and fireworks displays as well.