ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – The day of our country's independence – better known as the Fourth of July – is quickly approaching, and there's a lot of changes happening for this year's occasion.
Fair St. Louis has moved, and another community canceled their show altogether.
We're helping you to navigate the fireworks and fun happening around the St. Louis metropolitan area for Independence Day.
FAIR ST. LOUIS
With the downtown St. Louis Arch grounds being renovated as a part of the CityRiverArch project, festival organizers shifted the Independence Day celebration to Forest Park.
With a different location comes a number of changes to expect, including no on-street parking during the three-day event and higher parking fees.
According to organizers, there will be approximately 25,000 parking spots available in and near Forest Park, with a majority at free or reduced fee. Premium spots will cost $30. The Saint Louis Zoo will also offer its parking lot for the same price for festival organizers.
Festival goers are encouraged to take public transportation, and Metro has committed to extra services available during the festival.
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Another change will be no air show, but the fair has added Circus Flora's Flying Wallendas and the Lake Saint Louis Water Ski Club at the Grand Basin.
As usual, top musical talent has been lined up for all ages and genres of fans. Fireworks will be at the end of each night as usual around 10 p.m.
See where and when your favorite act will be performing below.
JULY 3 (Fair open 5-10:30 p.m.)
5 p.m. – USAF Band of Mid-America's Hot Brass Band (Parade Town Stage)
6 p.m. – Smash Band (Parade Town Stage)
7 p.m. – Thompson Square (Budweiser Main Stage)
8:45 p.m. – The Band Perry (Budweiser Main stage)
10:05 p.m. – Fireworks
JULY 4 (Fair open noon-10:30 p.m.)
10 a.m. – Parade
1 p.m. – Roots of a Rebellion (Parade Town Stage)
3 p.m. – The Ozark Mountain Daredevils (Parade Town Stage)
4 p.m. – Mary Lambert (Budweiser Main Stage)
4:15 p.m. – Bella & Lily (Parade Town Stage)
5 p.m. – Gavin DeGraw (Budweiser Main Stage)
6 p.m. – Cabaret Singers (Parade Town Stage)
6:45 p.m. – Matt Nathanson (Budweiser Main Stage)
7:45 p.m. – Art of Bellydance – Bedouin Spice Belly Dancers (Parade Town Stage)
8:30 p.m. – Bonnie Raitt (Budweiser Main Stage)
10 p.m. – Fireworks
JULY 5 (Fair open noon-10:30 p.m.)
7 a.m. – Schnucks Freedom 4 miler and Family Fun Run
Noon – 135th Army Band (Parade Town Stage)
1 p.m. – Dirty Muggs (Parade Town Stage)
2:30 p.m. – En Vogue (Parade Town Stage)
4 p.m. – Musiq Soulchild (Parade Town Stage)
5 p.m. – Capital Cities (Budweiser Main Stage)
5:45 p.m. – Alma de Mexico (Parade Town Stage)
6:30 p.m. – The Neighbourhood (Budweiser Main Stage)
7:30 p.m. – Fox Performing Arts (Parade Town Stage)
8:30 p.m. – The Fray (Budweiser Main Stage)
10 .m. – Fireworks
FAIR ST. LOUIS PARKING/TRANSPORTATION
Parking will be a bit different from past years now that the event is in Forest Park. On-street parking in and around the park will not be tolerated, according to organizers, and attendees should be prepared to pay up to $30 for parking in specific lots. Organizers said there will be more than 25,000 free and paid spots for the fair. In addition, Metro will be adding extra services to ensure attendees get to where they need to go. The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission will have a cab stand on DeBaliviere at Pershing, which is a block from the Forest Park Metrolink station. The stand will begin July 3 at 5 p.m. If you're looking for the best way to get down to the fair, make sure you check out the Fair Saint Louis Transportation page, where you can map out your route and find the best places to park. Make note, though, the Saint Louis University Park and Ride system for $10 per car load. All other shuttles are free.
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CAN I SPARK MY OWN FIREWORKS?
In the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County, fireworks are not permitted; however, they can be done in Jefferson, St. Charles and Franklin counties.
WHERE CAN I WATCH THE FIREWORKS?