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July 2018: Freedom

Celebrate freedom with your fellow Missourians at events held throughout the state this July:

Western Missouri

  • Independence Day Celebration in Independence, Missouri is July 3 from 7-10 p.m. at Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Pageant Grounds & Mormon Visitor Center, 937 West Walnut, Independence. Enjoy a great night of free, family-friendly fun. Gates will open at 6 p.m., and entertainment will start at 7 p.m. Attendees will find snacks and non-alcoholic beverages this year. The fireworks will start at approximately 9:30 pm. and will be accompanied by the Spirit of Independence Concert Band.
  • The Legacy Blast Fireworks Extravaganza will be held in Lee’s Summit. Lee's Summit Parks & Recreation's 2018 Legacy Blast is July 3 at Legacy Park. Enjoy a fun-filled event with concessions, free face-painting, balloon artists, and bounce houses for kids 12 and under. Fireworks start around 9:30 p.m.
  • Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun will be hosting BBQ & Boom, a festival offering barbecue made with heart, local brews, and a firework display. Commemorate a special day for the U-S of A with unforgettable memories, smoked BBQ, craft beer from Boulevard Brewing Company, and fireworks on Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 4. Please visit online for more information.
  • Experience the festivities as the Missouri Town staff and volunteers celebrate America's Independence with an Independence Day festival on July 4. Patriotic speeches, children's games, period cooking, dancing, and militia marches are a few of the many interpretive activities. Everyone is invited to join in the march down the main road in the traditional Missouri Town Independence Parade.
  • On July 4, the City of Parkville hosts the annual Parkville 4th of July Celebration. Parkville’s traditional salute to Independence Day includes a pancake breakfast, a community parade, carnival rides, food, fun, games, shopping, music, and, of course, our fabulous fireworks finale. Please visit online for more information.
  • Kansas City RiverFest will take place on July 4 at Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park, 1298 Riverfront Drive, Kansas City. Celebrate the 4th of July with the best fireworks show in the region, plus two stages of music, family-friendly entertainment and activities, an abundance of food vendors, and refreshing beverages. Kansas City RiverFest is the ultimate Independence Day party.


Central Missouri

  • The Naught-Naught Insurance Agency and Salute to America host the 2018 Patriotic Opening Ceremony on July 3 on the Capitol Main Stage on Broadway beginning at 7 p.m. Featured events include a Blue Tiger recognition ceremony and featured speaker retired U.S. Army veteran Major General Hank Stratman.
  • On July 3, Lincoln University is hosting the Coming to America: Celebrating Diversity Parade. Beginning at 6 p.m. in downtown Jefferson City, parade floats and entries will represent the inclusion of individuals representing more than one national origin, color, religion, socioeconomic stratum, gender, and sexual orientation. The parade gathers at Adams/East Miller and travels McCarty to Monroe, Monroe to High, High to Jefferson, and Jefferson to East Miller. Come early, get a good spot, and bring a bag to catch your share of the candy!
  • Immediately following the Coming to America: Celebrating Diversity Parade, join us at the Stage at Madison for the 13th Annual River Region Credit Union Little Mr. & Miss Independence contest. This contest is limited to the first 100 registrants. Applications may be accepted at the event, space permitting. Eligible for Missouri residents aged four to six. Contestants should dress in patriotic attire and will be judged on personality.
  • Missouri American Water proudly presents Salute to America’s Carnival Land, featuring four blocks of rides, games, and fun; ride the giant slide, the scrambler, and more, or watch your kids ride around in circles. Try your skill at the basketball toss or knock down the pins. Plus, cotton candy!
  • Birds of prey and America's symbol, the bald eagle, will join Jefferson City's Salute to America celebration as the World Bird Sanctuary brings a patriotic and educational program to the Capitol Main Stage on July 4 courtesy of Missouri American Water. Show times are 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the Heritage Stage, and 6:30 p.m. on the Capital Mainstage. The World Bird Sanctuary will bring several species of birds for the July 4 audience to see up close and in flight.

Eastern Missouri

  • Webster Groves Community Days is an annual event to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. The Citizen's Committee for Community Days organizes all of the activities for the event. The Webster Groves Lions Club also holds its annual carnival and barbecue charity fundraiser during the celebration. The celebration takes place from July 1 through July 4. Please visit online or call 314-963-5600 for more information on the variety of events this celebration has to offer.
  • Fair Saint Louis is an event produced by St. Louisans for St. Louisans and their guests celebrating our nation’s independence each Fourth of July. The Fair typically hosts hundreds of thousands of attendees listening to fantastic music, playing in the Festival Zone, checking out new products in the Interactive Zone, and of course, being “wowed” by our nationally recognized fireworks displays each evening – all for free.
  • Celebrate America's birthday with an explosion of fun and music at O'Fallon's Heritage & Freedom Fest on July 2, 3, and 4. Admission to the festival grounds at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex is free. Free parking also will be available, with free shuttle service provided on July 3-4. Please visit online or call 800-366-2427 for more information about the selection of events and activities taking place.
  • Come join the Chesterfield 4th of July Fireworks Celebration that has grown to be the biggest and best fireworks show in the metropolitan area, presented by the City of Chesterfield. The Main Stage will feature live music from Fat Pocket, St. Louis’ highest energy party band featuring razor sharp rhythms, hot horns and powerhouse vocals, from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. This “A-List” award-winning band will move your guests to the dance floor for a non-stop dance party. For more information, please contact Lisa Bobrzynski at 636-812-9500 or visit online for details.

Southeastern Missouri

  • Monday, July 4 beginning at 10 a.m., the Midtown Neighborhood Association Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade & Celebration.  The parade begins at Central High School and travels down Benton, Calhoun, Washington and Locust, ending at Washington Park in Springfield. Please visit online for more information.
  • Join us in Marshfield on Wednesday, July 4 for the 139th Annual Independence Day Parade. The theme for this year's parade is "Red, White, and GROw.” We hope this year's theme will help the community celebrate our nation and our freedom while recognizing the growth our community is taking under the guidance of GRO Marshfield and all the local groups and community members who are using their time to improve Marshfield.
  • Bolivar, Missouri’s Rotary Club presents the 38th annual Celebration of Freedom, set for Wednesday, July 4, at Southwest Baptist University. The event will include a veterans’ recognition program with featured speaker Governor Mike Parson, a military jet flyover, a community picnic, and a fireworks extravaganza. While the celebration officially begins at 6 p.m. and concludes with fireworks at dark, a public reception for Governor Parson will precede the event beginning at 5 p.m.


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