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Savor Tips: Best St. Louis Fireworks

Best St. Louis Fireworks

Photo Credit: Tim Hamilton, 2010

Americans like fireworks. And celebrating our independence from Great Britain on July 4 with fireworks has pretty much been around since the beginning — 1777 to be exact.


For many decades St. Louisans and vacationers by the thousands have flocked to the Arch grounds to watch fireworks over the Mississippi River. The sight has been spectacular, often ranking St. Louis as one of the top 10 places to see fireworks during July 4 celebrations. But sometimes the hassle of getting to and from the fair, had locals finding alternatives, or out-of-the-way places to still see the fireworks without the congestion.


With the Arch grounds under construction for the second year and the festivities and fireworks moving to Forest Park, that’s left many wondering where to go find fireworks. You can still see them during Fair St. Louis July 2-4 at Forest Park, and the view over the lagoon in front of Art Hill is still quite breathtaking. What may make this even nicer is that Forest Park is accessible on so many different sides than the Arch grounds and it’s much easier to get to by public transportation or even by bike.


Here’s a few places Savor Saint Louis recommends. From the city of St. Louis to a little further out and yes, still along the river:


  1. Fair St. Louis in Forest Park (if you go by bike, you can ride practically right up to the entrance and park for free)
  2. Kirkwood Community Freedom Festival
  3. Webster Groves Community Days
  4. Alton, IL — variety of places including many along the riverfront


This is by far, not a comprehensive list, but it’s a few spots that the Savor Saint Louis team personally recommends. Have a wonderful July 4th celebration. Best St. Louis Fireworks