Fair St. Louis won’t return in full until 2022, but the annual Fourth of July celebration centered under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis is going ahead with its Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular.
America’s Birthday Parade also will return to downtown St. Louis.
The fireworks show — expected to be the largest Fair St. Louis has ever produced — will begin around 9:40 p.m. July 4, framed by the arch and exploding above the Mississippi River.
If rain is expected July 4, the rain date will be July 3.
“Thanks to the generosity of so many members of our community … Fair Saint Louis is thrilled to produce one of America’s largest fireworks celebrations, providing a uniquely St. Louis experience that has been an annual summer tradition for our region for 40 years,” said David Estes, general chairman for Fair Saint Louis.
St. Louis Mayor Tishaura O. Jones will press the button to start the fireworks show.
“The Fair Saint Louis fireworks are one of our favorite Independence Day traditions in St. Louis, and I am so excited to be part of this year’s show and watch them light up the arch grounds and riverfront again this year.”
The show will feature 3,000 shells launched from three barges on the Mississippi River. The fireworks show also will stream live online at KMOV.com. The score will feature patriotic music and current hits, and will broadcast live on iHeart Radio’s local stations 93.7 The Bull, 103.3 KLOU and Z107.7.
The parade along Market Street in St. Louis will begin at 10 a.m. July 3.
“America’s Birthday Parade has been a patriotic summer tradition in St. Louis since 1878, and we are thrilled to come together this year and celebrate our community with an elaborate spectacle of floats, choreographed dances and live performances in a parade down Market Street in the shadow of the iconic Gateway Arch,” said David Plufka, parade grand marshal. “We are so proud of our community in working together to overcome the pandemic, so let’s celebrate! Whether you attend the parade each year or you’ve never been before, we invite you to join us in saluting our city, our people, our community and our country at America’s Birthday Parade.”
With the theme “America the Beautiful,” the parade will feature nearly two dozen floats, 14 local and national marching bands, more than 250 dancers, antique fire engines, giant helium balloons, and musical performances by Audri Bartholomew of “The Voice,” S.J. McDonald of “American Idol” and the Red and Black Brass Band.
It also will include elements from the Annie Malone, PrideFest and St. Patrick’s Day parades, all of which were canceled in 2021 because of the pandemic.
The parade will march west from Broadway and Market streets at Kiener Plaza to 18th and Market streets near Union Station. It will be broadcast live on KMOV Channel 4.
“We are so excited to bring the America’s Birthday Parade back this year,” Jones said. “It makes me proud that they’re bringing together other organizations who had to cancel their own parades, leading with a spirit of collaboration that St. Louis and the whole country can appreciate. I encourage everyone to celebrate however they feel comfortable, and to consider the health and safety of their fellow paradegoers as they come together downtown to celebrate.”
The parade will follow federal, state and local restrictions involving social distancing and the use of face masks.
For more information or updates on the parade, go to americasbirthdayparade.com.