photo courtesy Fair Saint Louis

Are you ready to celebrate at America’s Biggest Birthday Party? St. Louis’ Fourth of July festivities kick off with the 136th America’s Birthday Parade downtown.

The parade on Wednesday, July 4, begins at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of 20th and Market streets, and proceeds east on Market to end at Market and Broadway.

This year’s parade is themed, “The U.S. Experience,” and will feature 21 hand-designed floats, 14 high-caliber marching bands from across the St. Louis region, giant helium-filled character balloons and some live performances along the way. For more information, visit americasbirthdayparade.com

Fair Saint Louis at the Gateway Arch begins at noon on July 4; and will be open on Friday, July 6 (starting at 4 p.m.) and Saturday, July 7 (starting at noon).

Concert highlights include the world-renowned St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, hip-hop recording artist Jason Derulo and country music star Martina McBride. See below for the full concert lineup, as well as other scheduled programs and events.

ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP ON ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR STAGE

St. Louis Symphony

Wednesday, July 4:

2:00 p.m.          DAZED N CONFUSED STL

3:45 p.m.          OLD SALT UNION

5:30 p.m.          AMELIA EISENHAUER

8:30 p.m.          ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY

Jason Derulo photo by David Strbik

Friday, July 6:

4:45 p.m.          DIRTY MUGGS

6:30 p.m.          ANDY GRAMMER

8:15 p.m.          JASON DERULO

Andy Grammer

Saturday, July 7:

1:15 p.m.          FIRE FOR EFFECT

2:45 p.m.          DANIELLE BRADBERY

4:15 p.m.          RAELYNN

6:15 p.m.          MICHAEL RAY

8:00 p.m.         MARTINA MCBRIDE

Martina McBride

PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Family-friendly Fair Saint Louis events and attractions include:

  • The Boeing Air Show: Wednesday, July 4 at 12:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
  • Salute to the Troops military appreciation event: Saturday, July 7 at 5:35 p.m. on the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Stage
  • Purina/Ameren Festival Zone, featuring:
    • Performances by the Purina Pro Plan Performance Team
      • Wednesday, July 4: 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
      • Friday, July 6: 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
      • Saturday, July 7: 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
    • Caricatures by Haram
    • Face painting
    • Juggling Jeff
  • The Fairway, a unique shopping experience where regional artisans and vendors sell their products to fairgoers
  • The Interactive Zone featuring local, regional and national brands showcasing the latest products and samples. Exhibitors include Chevrolet, Diamond Resorts, Madrinas Coffee, Patron Tequila, Purina, Smithfield, Sprint, Topgolf, USA Fencing and more
  • STEAM Exhibit presented by SCOPE
  • Fireworks presented by Edward Jones cap off each night
  • A variety of food and beverage refreshment options to satisfy all tastes

photo courtesy Fair Saint Louis

A full schedule of each day’s events is available online at fairsaintlouis.org, as well as a complete listing of items fairgoers can and cannot bring into the event. Outside food and drink are not allowed.

 PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION REMINDERS

  • A multitude of parking options are available throughout downtown St. Louis. A list of downtown parking locations can be found at getaroundstl.com.
  • Fair Saint Louis sells pre-paid parking options at $12 per day. Visit fairsaintlouis.org and click on “Pre-Paid Parking Options” at the bottom of the homepage to reserve a parking spot for any day of the Fair in one of the four select parking locations.
  • Biking to the Fair is a great option – self-park for bikes is available in Kiener Plaza.
  • Fairgoers can catch a cab at the dedicated Taxi Stand location at the southwest corner of Market and Broadway.
  • Fairgoers will be able to utilize ride sharing apps like Lyft and Uber at the southwest corner of the intersection of Chestnut and Broadway.
  • Be mindful of road closures around Gateway Arch National Park at this time – Walnut Street will be closed to traffic from both I-44 and the Popular Street Bridge.
  • Information regarding directions and parking can be found on the transportation page at fairsaintlouis.org.