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What Not to Miss on Independence Day in St. Louis, Missouri

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By Bob Levin on July 2nd, 2014

Categories: Popular Cities

St. Louis Fireworks, Arch

“America’s biggest birthday party…”

That’s what St. Louis is calling its annual July 4th holiday celebration, and after one visit, it’s easy to see why. Every year, the “gateway to the West” hosts a lineup of concerts, shows, exhibitions and running events in its iconic Forest Park, the location of the 1904 World’s Fair. Add in St. Louis hotel discounts, great music, good food and fireworks and you have Fair St. Louis 2014, held on Independence Day weekend—July 3, 4 and 5.

St. Louis, Missouri’s July 4th Festivities

Some of this year’s entertainment headliners are Thompson Square, En Vogue and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, along with world-class musicians and artists like The Band Perry, Bonnie Raitt, The Fray, Matt Nathanson, Gavin DeGraw, Mary Lambert, Musiq Soulchild, Capital Cities and The Neighbourhood. Each night’s entertainment will end with a massive fireworks show that is specifically tailored to the venue. There’s an Ameren/Purina Family Festival Zone, offering interactive activities and fun for fairgoers all ages.

Thursday’s opening-day celebration at 5 p.m. includes a Presentation of Colors by a Color Guard from Scott Air Force Base, along with music from USAF Band of Mid-America’s Hot Brass Band. The fun continues on Thursday with “world record” contests and a parade.

“While it might be hard to imagine that we could pack any more fun into the three-day celebration,” says Lori Thaman, executive director of the Fair St. Louis Foundation, “we are working on some other exciting new programming elements that will be announced in the coming weeks as we put the finishing touches on America’s Biggest Birthday Party.”

For additional events and information, visit the Fair St. Louis website at For St. Louis motels deals, visit

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