Where to Watch Fireworks in St. Louis
You can always count on St. Louis to pull out all the stops on the Fourth of July, especially as it coincides with the grand opening of the brand-new Gateway Arch grounds. Have a look at the roundup of fireworks displays we love and where to watch them.
Fair St. Louis
Fair St. Louis has solidified itself as an iconic event in the city, a music-and-fireworks festival that boasts acts like this year’s Martina McBride, Jason DeRulo and Andy Grammer in the lineup. The event also includes not one, but three massive fireworks displays this year on Wednesday July 4, Friday July 6 and Saturday July 7.
With a front-row seat to the Downtown St. Louis fireworks display, Lumiere Place has long been a favorite place to catch all of the action. Drink in hand, enjoy the show from one of the best possible vantage points after an elegant dinner at Cielo, one of the city’s top restaurants.
This rooftop bar and lounge on top of The Hilton at the Ballpark offers a spectacular view of the Downtown St. Louis fireworks display up close, where you can enjoy plush rooftop seating and fire pits as well as ample cocktails and elegant eats. For an upscale night on the town, keep this swanky spot in mind when deciding where to catch this year’s fireworks.
Webster Groves Community Days
The Fourth of July is an opportunity for the region’s neighborhoods to show off their community spirit, and St. Louis’ Webster Groves Community Days is the perfect way to enjoy a 4th of July celebration with the whole family. A four-day carnival kicks off the event beginning July 1, followed by a parade the morning of July 4 and two fireworks displays on July 3 and July 4.
Gateway Arch Fireworks Cruise
You could do a heck of a lot worse than watching the fireworks in Downtown St. Louis on a replica of an authentic 19th century riverboat, with a gourmet dinner and live music. And for those seeking an elevated, slightly different view of this year’s fireworks display, that’s exactly what the Gateway Arch offers.
Ferguson Fourth of July Festival
This classic Fourth of July festival in North County includes a parade, family activities and a fireworks display in the city’s picturesque January-Wabash Park. The celebration also includes a curated lineup of food and retail vendors—plus a beer tent, of course.
Kirkwood Community Freedom Festival
St. Louis’ rapidly growing Kirkwood neighborhood hosts the Kirkwood Community Freedom Festival every year, a charming, family-friendly event in the neighborhood’s well-loved Kirkwood Park. Enjoy music by the local band Fanfare beginning at 7 pm, with a fireworks display to follow at nightfall.
Fourth of July Fireworks in Hazelwood
Catch a spectacular fireworks display this year in Hazelwood’s White Birch Park, beginning at 9 pm on July 4. The annual event has been a yearly favorite in this St. Louis County staple, which promises audience the opportunity to “oh” and “ah” over 6,000 rocket shells.
St. Charles Riverfest
Gather at Frontier Park in St. Charles to enjoy Riverfest 2018 on July 3 and 4. Kick off the day of the Fourth with a parade beginning at 10 am, followed by a celebration including live music, food and craft vendors selling unique wares. Then gather for fireworks the evening of July 4, beginning at 9:20 pm.
Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration in Chesterfield
The Chesterfield Mall just outside of St. Louis will serve as an exemplary location to catch the municipality’s fireworks display this year, beginning at 9:30 pm. Food trucks, games and activities will abound all night, so make sure to pack your lawn chairs, blankets, drinks and snacks for the evening.
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