9 Ways to Celebrate July 4th Weekend for $11 or Less

Categories: Arts, Holidays

This weekend features more fireworks than you could possibly ever witness.

If you're like us, you're settling into a three-day weekend, which means you have an extra day to pack in some fun. And whether you intend to hit Fair St. Louis for some Blondie, catch the fireworks down at St. Charles' Riverfest or see some star-spangled burlesque, there are plenty of possibilities.

Here are our picks for nine ways to celebrate our nation's birthday this weekend, all for $11 or less. Bonus: At least eight of them involve exploding pyrotechnics. The Chinese may have invented fireworks, but to us, nothing says America risking life and limb just to witness the pretty colors.

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5 Things to Know for St. Louis Mardi Gras 2015

Categories: Holidays

Steve Truesdell
Happy Mardi Gras, St. Louis!

River City likes to celebrate Fat Tuesday the Saturday before, and Soulard is already decked out in purple, yellow and green for the festivities.

But before you and your krewe head to the "island," here are a few important Mardi Gras tips to keep in mind:

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How to Recycle Your (Real) Christmas Tree in St. Louis City

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Steven Depolo via Flickr
Recycle your Christmas tree! Don't just do this...
Last week, cutting down a tree and keeping it in your living room made you normal. This week, it just makes you weird.

Ditch your used Christmas tree (the live ones, not those plastic wannabes) in one of three St. Louis city parks: Forest Park, O'Fallon Park or Carondelet Park.

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17 Adorable Animals That Are Glad Christmas Is Finally Over

Categories: Animals, Holidays

Theo Welling
The gifts are unwrapped. The stockings are unstuffed. Santa Claus is in a cookie-induced coma, and Christmas is over.

We don't mean to be totally bah-hum-bug over America's favorite winter holiday, but here at Daily RFT, we're glad to see an end to the Christmas carols and commercials that have been playing since October.

In honor of the fact that there are now 364 days until next Christmas, here are sixteen St. Louis cats and dogs who are super excited that Silent Night can now go silent.

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Survey: Women Spend Less Than Men on Christmas Gifts for Boyfriends and Girlfriends

Categories: Holidays

asenat29 via Flickr
Why so thrifty, ladies?
A survey of users from the St. Louis-based dating advice site Girls Ask Guys shows that when it comes to holiday gift spending, men are shelling out more than the ladies for gifts for their significant others.

Almost 1,380 Girls Ask Guys users responded to the poll asking how much they spent on gifts for significant others. Forty-nine percent of women said they spent less than $100, while 44 percent of men said the spent between $100 and $300.

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11 Horror-able Jokes For Halloween Trick-Or-Treaters

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Lobo235 via Flickr
Tell a Halloween joke that will make 'em die laughing.
It's finally Halloween. Do you know what that means? Joke time!

St. Louis tradition dictates that trick-or-treaters offer a joke or riddle before getting their candy. Only St. Louis and Des Moines, Iowa, make jokes a big part of the year's spookiest holiday, which is all the more reason to prepare with a few quality zingers. After all, trick-or-treaters without jokes are at risk of getting pencils for Halloween instead of candy. Pencils. The horror!

As is our annual Riverfront Times tradition, we've compiled a list of some of our favorites. They're a scream!

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12 Last Minute St. Louis-Themed Halloween Costume Ideas

Categories: Holidays

Illustrations by Curtis Tinsley
Need a Halloween costume idea? What about one of St. Louis' 250 birthday cakes?
Happy (almost) Halloween!

If you're anything like us, you still haven't bought a costume for the spooky, boozy weekend ahead. And whether you're passing treats out to trick-or-treaters or painting the town red with friends, you'll need a costume -- even if it's something you throw together last-minute.

See also: 6 Cardinals-Themed Halloween Costume Ideas

But coming up with costume ideas is hard. That's why we've done it for you.

Inspired by current events and our own sick sense of humor, here are the Riverfront Timesbest last-minute St. Louis-themed costume ideas:

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What to Expect at This Year's St. Louis Haunted Houses: Darkness, Creepyworld and Abyss

Categories: Holidays

Photo courtesy of Larry Kirchner
A face only a mother could love.

The Darkness, one of St. Louis's most popular haunted houses, opened last Friday, and that means Larry Kirchner, co-owner and creator, hasn't slept in days.

Kirchner, along with co-creator Jim Kelly, owns three of the major haunted house attractions in the St. Louis area -- Creepyworld in Fenton, The Abyss at the Lemp Brewery downtown and The Darkness in Soulard.

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The Most Patriotic People at Fair St. Louis (PHOTOS)

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Caroline Yoo
A couple with two impressively American ball caps watches the festivities on Art Hill at Fair St. Louis 2014.
The people of St. Louis proved once again that America is the land of the free this weekend at the city's relocated Fourth of July celebration.

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

Categories: Holidays

Herkie on Flickr
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:

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