The 4th of July is one of the most popular holidays in the United States. St. Louis hosts a spirited celebration, known as "America's Biggest Birthday Party," in America's heartland for Independence Day. The spirit of freedom is recognized with festivals, parades, fireworks and family-friendly fun. Communities in the St. Louis area will be hosting events which will be free to attend because it does not have to cost a lot to have fun. Following are some of the free July 4th events in St. Louis in 2017.
Fair St. Louis
July 2-4 @ varies
Forest Park, St. Louis, MO 63110
America’s Biggest Birthday Party typically attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees. The festival will be free to attend, although there will be fees for food and some activities. The fair will present family entertainment, music, The Fairway, and more. The Entertainment Lineup headliners will be Hip-Hop artist Akon on July 2, 3 Doors Down on July 3, and country artist Jake Owen on July 4. There will be a spectacular firework display on each night of the fair.
135th Annual VP Parade
July 1 @ 9:30 a.m.
Market St., St. Louis, MO 63101
The parade in downtown St. Louis will kick off the weekend of festivities at Fair St. Louis. The parade will include 12 marching bands, 17 floats, huge character balloons, and more.
St. Charles Riverfest
July 1-4 @ varies
Frontier Park, 222 S. Riverside Dr., Saint Charles, MO 63301
Historic St. Charles will host this four-day festival, which will include live music, carnival rides, and food and craft vendors. The 4th of July, the final day of the celebration, will open with a parade at 10 a.m. The firework display will be at 9:20 p.m. on July 4. Admission will be free, but there will be fees for food and some activities.
Heritage & Freedom Fest
City of O’Fallon, MO 63366
The Heritage & Freedom Fest will feature two days of family-friendly entertainment, live music, games, carnival rides and more. Admission to the festival will be free, but there will be fees for food and activities, such as carnival rides. The Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade will kick off Independence Day on July 4 at 9:30 a.m. There will be a firework display on both nights of the festival.
Webster Groves Community Days
July 1-4 @ varies
Webster Groves, MO 63119
Webster Groves Community Days is an annual event which offers four days of fun for the family. The Webster Groves Lions Club will host their annual carnival and barbecue charity fundraiser. All activities, aside from the carnival and barbecue fundraiser will be free. The Miss Webster Pageant will be on July 2 at 7:30 p.m. The Webster Fourth of July Parade will step off on July 4 at 10 a.m. There will be two fireworks shows celebrating Independence Day, one on July 3 at 9:30 p.m. and the finale on July 4 at 9:30 p.m.