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9 Places to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks That Aren't Fair St. Louis

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Happy Fourth of July, St. Louis!
Independence Day will be a little bit different in St. Louis this year, with construction on the Gateway Arch pushing the annual Fair St. Louis into Forest Park. The change in venue hasn't dampened the three-day patriotic extravaganza: The famed VP parade starts at the Muny at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Bonnie Raitt and the Fray are performing, and fireworks will go off each night at 10 p.m.

To prepare for the parking nightmare that's sure to come, fair organizers have set up shuttles, a cab stand and a bike valet, all while encouraging St. Louisans to opt for the MetroLink as the easiest way to get into the festival.

See also: Amazing Fireworks Misfire in San Diego

But if you're looking for a fireworks display that doesn't come with it's own transportation manual, Daily RFT found a few options outside of town.

Here are nine festivals with Fourth of July fireworks this weekend:

JB Blast
Head to south county for the JB Blast at Jefferson Barracks. The U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America plays at 7 p.m., and fireworks start at 9 p.m.

Alton Fireworks Over the Mississippi
Alton is stepping up this year to offer fireworks over the Mississippi River on July 3. The fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. with Clark Bridge as the backdrop. You'll pay to get into the concert at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater, but watching fireworks is free.

Riverfest 2014
If you still want to see fireworks over the river, St. Charles is hosting Riverfest on the banks of the Missouri in Frontier Park this weekend. Fireworks start at 9:20 p.m. July 4 and 5.

2014 Webster Groves Community Days Fourth of July Celebration
Parking will probably be tough at this county celebration, too, but the walk is worth it. Enjoy the fireworks in this leafy suburb at 9:30 p.m. July 4 and 5 in Webster Groves Memorial Park.

O'Fallon Heritage and Freedom Fest
Take the kids to the carnival and midway at O'Fallon's Fourth of July celebration. Fireworks go off at 9:30 p.m. July 4.

City of Chesterfield's 9th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration
Vote for Pedro performs at this event at Chesterfield Mall this weekend. When the kids are done playing in the inflatables and watching the stilt walkers, catch the fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 4.

Coca-Cola® July 4th Fest
Six Flags will shoot off fireworks Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, so head to the plaza in front of BATMAN the Ride for the best view. If you bring an unopened Coca-Cola product, you early-birds can get in an hour before the park opens, at 9:30 a.m.

Ritenour Community Fireworks
Complete Music DJ spins from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m., and fireworks start at 9:20 p.m. at Ritenour High School on St. Charles Rock Road.

Bridgeton Fireworks Display
Celebrate Independence Day with clowns, music, food and fireworks at dusk.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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17 comments
James Madison
James Madison

WTF was up with the street lights at Hanley and I-64/US40? Northbound Hanley moved one car per red-green cycle while the side streets moved dozens through. Thank goodness for the STL Police who stood on the sidewalk and watched rather than direct traffic.

Jennifer Grotpeter
Jennifer Grotpeter

We were there much of the day and had no problems, just a lot of walking, but it was such a beautiful day! I hope they do the Fair in Forest Park every year!

Linsey Hunt
Linsey Hunt

We actually found one that's happening around 10 up on hwy 30. Slingers diner is hosting it and will have free food and stuff for kids.

Marc Dangerfield
Marc Dangerfield

Tony, I don't know where at 9AM this morning you couldn't find a place to park, dude. You've got to try to make life hard sometimes.

Amy Healey- Carter
Amy Healey- Carter

We're parking near the bank on Brown to watch Ritenour's! Call me if you come this way! :-)

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

Took me 30 minutes to find a spot, did you decide to pay $30 to park?

xmasbby66
xmasbby66

What do you have against Illinois? Columbia has an excellent fireworks display, yet it's only 5 minutes from the JB Bridge (not near as far as Alton).  And Valmeyer has a three day Summer celebration, also with an excellent fireworks display, but with the Mississippi Bluffs as the backdrop.  It's also just a short drive down beautiful Bluff Road from the JB Bridge.

Faith Arnold
Faith Arnold

Ritenour and Bridgeton dont sound bad might go to one of those

Scott Henderson
Scott Henderson

Granite city has a really good display also! Parking is a nightmare but the show is awesome. This year it's grizzlies game and fireworks display there. Happy 4th everyone

Marc Dangerfield
Marc Dangerfield

Tony don't lie. There's no one here yet. You must the park to yourself. You and the RFT are keys to making a good thing bad. Come on people enjoy your event.

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

Don't waste your time folks, it's a complete nightmare already and it's only 9am It's not worth it.

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