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

By ALEXANDRA HILL

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The Fourth of July is one of the most anticipated holidays of the summer for many families. It’s chock-full of patriotism, family friendly events, summer outdoor activities and, perhaps most characteristic of the holiday, fireworks. It is an opportunity for families to get together and celebrate the birth of our country.

Among local communities, there are a variety of festive events occurring – from a circus show in Chesterfield to a car show in Twin Oaks, there is something for everyone. Bring the family and join in  one, or several, of these events, some of which occur on dates other than July 4 as noted.

CHESTERFIELD

Delmar Gardens 

Delmar Gardens on the Green, 15197 Clayton Road, hosts its annual Independence Day celebration beginning at 6:30 p.m. on July 1. Throughout the evening, Keepin’ It Real performs a mix of up tempo and laid back hits from the ‘60s to today. Other activities include a bounce house, games and a fireworks display. 

Concessions such as hot dogs, kettle corn and snow cones are provided. 

Parking is available at Gold’s Gym, 14885 Clayton Road, with a shuttle running from the parking area to Delmar Gardens beginning at 6:15 p.m. 

Chesterfield Mall grounds 

The city of Chesterfield’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration is from 6:30-10:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Chesterfield Mall. Entry is free and open to people of all ages. 

The event begins in the Commerce Bank Kids’ Zone with Circus Kaput, a two-hour show featuring unicycling, juggling, magic, aerial acts, stilt-walking, teeterboard, fire-breathing, acrobatics and other circus acts. The Kids’ 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 7:30-9:30 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. 

A variety of food trucks are available to the public throughout the night. Attendees also are welcome to bring their own food and beverages; however, glass containers are prohibited. 

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 any pets, tobacco, glass, aerosol cans, lasers, weapons, grills, tents and fireworks at home.

ELLISVILLE

Bluebird Park

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

Evening festivities begin at 6 p.m. with games and activities lasting until 9 p.m. Those include a slide, obstacle course, bounce house and climbing wall. Party band Griffin and the Gargoyles performs off-and-on from 7-10:45 p.m. Mayor Mike Roemerman is set to deliver an Independence Day ceremony 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; however, shuttle buses also will run continuously from 5:30-11 p.m. from the FCC Corporation [northwest corner of Clayton and Clarkson roads], Eaton’s Bussmann Business, 114 Old State Road and the park.

For more information, visit ellisville.mo.us.

Pathfinder Church 

Pathfinder Church, 15800 Manchester Road, offers a celebration from 6-10 p.m. with an excellent spot view of the Bluebird Park fireworks. The event offers free parking, admission, hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn and bottled water. Local bands The Peoples, Deric & Dylan Becker of Decedy, and Ten Dollar Family are featured. Free activities include bounce houses for varying ages, the church playground and carnival games. 

Guests may bring a cooler with their own food and beverages; however, alcohol and glass containers are prohibited. Lawn chairs, blankets and insect repellant are recommended. 

Beer is available for purchase, but guests are asked to drink responsibly and bring proof of legal age. 

EUREKA 

Lions Park

Eureka sponsors an old-fashioned July Fourth Celebration from 7-10 p.m. at Lions Park, 340 Bald Hill Road. Local band Vote for Pedro performs. 

The celebration is dedicated to military veterans throughout the community and features a fireworks display. Entry is free and concessions are available. 

Parking is available at Geggie Elementary, 430 Bald Hill Road, which adjoins the park; and Legends Corporate Center, 54 The Legends Parkway. There is no onsite parking for the event, but information about handicap parking is available at (636) 938-6775.

MANCHESTER

Paul A. Schroeder Park 

Manchester’s annual Fourth of July Celebration begins at 6 p.m. at Paul A. 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 at 6 p.m. and performs until 9 p.m. A fireworks show follows at around 9:20 p.m. 

Concessions are available, but guests can bring their own snacks and drinks. In case of inclement weather, a makeup date is scheduled for the following day. More information is available online at manchestermo.gov/parks. 

Manchester United Methodist Church

Manchester United Methodist Church, 129 Woods Mill Road, hosts a Fourth of July event. The event starts at 6 p.m. 

Guests can purchase concessions, including brats, snow cones, Ted Drew’s ice cream and more. All proceeds will benefit the church’s Bike Rehab ministry, which restores used bikes to “like new” condition for donation to kids and adults in need. 

Food is served from 6-9 p.m.; the city of Manchester’s fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. and can be viewed from the Manchester UMC hill. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. 

The entire community is invited and plenty of free parking is available onsite. 

TWIN OAKS

Twin Oaks Presbyterian 

Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church, 1230 Big Bend Road, starts things up at 9 a.m. on July 3 with its fourth annual car show. 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.  

Car show registration is from 9 a.m.-noon, followed by an assessment of entries from 1-2 p.m. The top 11 cars receive trophies awarded by the judges. Spectators award a People’s Choice Car trophy. For more information about the car show, call (636) 861-1870.

Guests can purchase bratwursts, hamburgers and pork steaks with all proceeds going toward the eighth grade class’ trip to Washington, D.C., and frozen treats from Sia’s Ice.

Attendees can bring soccer balls or other field games to enjoy in the church’s field. Fireworks are courtesy of the city of Twin Oaks’ display.

Twin Oaks Park

In the evening, Twin Oaks Park, located along Ann Avenue and directly behind Twin Oaks Presbyterian, hosts a concert and fireworks show. The Funky Butt Brass Band performs from 7-9 p.m., followed by fireworks at approximately 9:15 p.m.

Guests are welcome to go back and forth from the park to the church in order to access the food trucks. Guests also can bring their own food and beverages, but glass is not permitted. 

Lawn seating may be limited around the park due to new buildings; however, Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church has lawn space to accommodate any overflow.

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