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Freedom, Fun & Fireworks: Independence Day celebrations you won’t want to miss


By JIM MALVEN

Spectators gather at Paul A. Schroeder Park to watch Butch Wax and the Hollywoods perform before the fireworks began later that night.

Chesterfield

Chesterfield’s annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration is from 6:30-10 p.m. at Chesterfield Mall. Entry is free and open to people of all ages.

The event begins in the Commerce Bank Kid’s Zone with Circus Kaput, a two-hour show featuring unicycling, juggling, magic, aerial acts, stilt-walking, teeterboard, fire-breathing, acrobatics and other circus acts. Kid’s Zone also has 15 carnival games, two bubble machines, inflatable bounce houses, slides and an obstacle course. The area remains open until 9 p.m.

Meanwhile, high-energy jazz band FatPocket performs from 7:30-9 p.m. on the Monschein Team Main Stage. This award-winning group plays hits from every era.

The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. The main viewing area is in the west parking lot near Dillard’s and Macy’s.

Food is provided by local vendors and ranges from ethnic cuisine to pizza and barbecue. Attendees are welcome to bring their own food and beverages.

Parking is available in the lots surrounding the mall, with shuttle buses transporting visitors to the viewing area as necessary. Guests are encouraged to bring their own seating but should leave pets, tobacco, glass, aerosol cans, lasers, weapons, grills, tents and fireworks at home.

 

Ellisville

The Ellisville Parks and Recreation Department hosts a variety of 4th of July events at Bluebird Park, located at 225 Kiefer Creek Road.

First up is Ellisville’s seventh annual Independence Day 5K and Kids Fun Run at 7:30 a.m. Registration is open online for $23 until June 30 and includes an event T-shirt. Race-day registration is available, but the fee increases to $30 and shirts are not guaranteed. All registration proceeds will be donated to the Special Operation Warriors Foundation.

Evening festivities begin at 6 p.m., with games and activities until 9 p.m. These include a slide, obstacle course, bounce house and climbing wall. Party band Griffin and the Gargoyles performs intermittently from 7-10:45 p.m.

Mayor Adam Paul is set to deliver an Independence Day address at 8 p.m. The fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m. and lasts about 30 minutes.

Parking is available inside the park, and vendors sell a variety of snacks and drinks during the evening. Shuttle buses run to and from the park continuously from 5:30-11 p.m. They start at the FCC Corporation, located at the northwest corner of Clayton and Clarkson roads, and at Eaton’s Bussmann Business, 114 Old State Road.

For more information, call (636) 227-7508 or go to www.ellisville.mo.us.

 

St. John Church in Ellisville

St. John Church offers a celebration beginning at 6 p.m. on the church grounds, 15800 Manchester Road.

Festivities consist of live bands and activities for all ages, including bounce houses, a playground, field games and a dunk tank featuring staff members. Although St. John does not provide its own fireworks, the church is an excellent spot for viewing Bluebird Park’s fireworks display, scheduled for 9:30 p.m.

Volunteers and employees will provide complimentary hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy and bottled water. Attendees who are at least 21 years old may purchase beer, as long as they have a valid ID and drink responsibly. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and insect repellent, but outside alcohol or glass containers are not permitted.

For details, go to www.stjstl.net/july4. To inquire about volunteer opportunities, call (636) 779-2357.

 

Eureka

Eureka sponsors an old-fashioned July 4th Celebration from 7-10:30 p.m. at Lions Park, 340 Bald Hill Road. The celebration is dedicated to military veterans throughout the community and features a fireworks display. Entry is free, and concessions are available for a set price. There is no on-site parking for the event, but information about handicap parking is available at (636) 938-6775.

 

Manchester

Manchester’s annual 4th of July Celebration begins at 6 p.m. at Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road. Classic rock cover band Butch Wax and the Hollywoods kicks off the event with music from the 1960s through the 1980s, and fireworks follow at about 9 p.m.

Concessions are available, but guests can bring their own snacks and drinks. In case of bad weather, a makeup date is scheduled for the following day. For more information visit, www.manchestermo.gov/parks.

 

Twin Oaks

Twin Oaks’ Independence Day celebration is held on Monday, July 3.

Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church kicks off the festivities at 9 a.m. with its fourth annual car show, at 1230 Big Bend Road. For an entry fee of canned goods or other non-perishable food items, attendees can see classic cars, have their own vehicles recognized and win raffle prizes from Jim Dunn Racing.

Registration is from 9 a.m.-noon, followed by an assessment of entries from 1-2 p.m. Judges award trophies to their top 11 cars, along with a “people’s choice car” chosen by spectators. For more information about the car show, call (636) 225-5625.

Food and refreshments are available for purchase, and raffle proceeds go toward the church’s mission trips.

In the evening, Twin Oaks Park, located along Ann Avenue, hosts a concert and fireworks show. The Scott Laytham and Karl Holmes Duo performs from 7-9 p.m., followed by fireworks at approximately 9:15 p.m.

Guests should bring their own food and drinks. Alcohol and glass containers are not allowed in the park.

Parking is not available inside the park and is limited due to construction taking place in Big Bend Square and in Twin Oaks Square, to the west of Walgreens.

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