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(KTVI)-Happy Independence Day! July 4th is  the day the America celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of the Independence in 1776, setting the course for the founding of a new nation. Below is a list of several of the celebrations being held across the St. Louis region.

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135th Veiled Prophet Parade
Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2012  Venue: Downtown St. Louis Time: 10:00am
This annual parade, themed "Around the World", begins at Washington Avenue and Fourth Street in downtown St. Louis, makes its way south on Fourth Street to Market Street, heads west on Market concluding at St. Louis Union Station http://www.vpparade.org/

32nd Annual Fair Saint Louis
Date: Wednesday, July 4, Friday- Saturday, July 6-7, 2012 Venue: Grounds of the Gateway Arch
This Independence Day Celebration kicks off early in the morning July 4th with a competitive four-mile and a one-mile family fun run. Following the runs, the 135th annual Veiled Prophet Parade. At noon, the first of two air shows, including top civilian performers and military aircraft. The other is at 3:30pm. Appearing on the Budweiser Main Stage under the Arch is Heart on Wednesday, July 4; Third Eye Blind on Friday, July 6; and Dierks Bentley on Saturday, July 7. All shows begin at 8:00 p.m. Each evening concludes with the star-spangled US Bank/Enterprise Rent-A-Car fireworks at 9:15pm. http://fairsaintlouis.org/

Honor their legacy: 2012 B-17 Tour
Date: Tuesday- Wednesday, July 3-4, 2012 Venue: St. Louis Downtown Airport
EAA is offering historic flight experiences in its beautifully restored B-17G Flying Fortress “Aluminum Overcast.” One of only 13 Fortress's still flying, this aircraft is an icon of the Allied strategic bombing effort that helped turn the tide of battle in World War II. Walk-up –for non EAA members: $475

Self Guided Ground Tours daily from 2-5 pm. Cost $10 per adult, $20 per family. Active Military or Veterans free. http://www.b17.org/tour/


32nd Annual Heritage & Freedom Fest

Date: Monday-Wednesday, July 2-4, 2012 Venue: Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, O’Fallon, MO
Admission to the festival is free.

2012 Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade: Wednesday, July 4 at 9:30am
2012 Heritage & Freedom Fest Main Stage.

Tuesday, July 3 Jamie O'Neal – 6:30pm, David Nail – 8:45pm Fireworks– 10:15pm
Wednesday, July 4
Carolina Liar – 5:45 p.m., Vertical Horizon – 8 p.m. Fireworks -9:30 p.m.
2012 Heritage & Freedom Fest Hours

Monday, July 2 (Special Family Night):5–10pm; Tuesday, July 3:5–11pm; Wednesday, July 4:Noon–10pm
www.heritageandfreedomfest.com

Riverfest
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 Venue: Frontier Park, St. Charles, MO
Parade kicks off the day at 10 a.m. Beginning at Noon in Frontier Park, you can enjoy all sorts of activities and entertainment including food/drink/vendor booths, a children's area, family-friendly interactive games, a visit from Fredbird, a military display, and more. Fireworks at 9:20 p.m. Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs and blankets www.stcharlescitymo.gov/

Webster Groves Community Days
Sunday-Wednesday, July 1-4, 2012 Venue: Memorial Park, Webster Groves, MO
Admission & most activities are free.  No fireworks this year due to dry conditions
www.webstergroves.org

Ferguson Fourth of July Festival
Wednesday, July 4 Venue: January Wabash Park, Ferguson, MO
Parade, children's entertainment, food, music and fireworks.
10am-Parade, Noon- Opening ceremonies, 9:15pm – Fireworks www.fergusoncity.com/

Mississippi River Fireworks Festival
Tuesday, July 3, 2012 Venue: Alton, IL Riverfront Park. Time: Grounds open at 5 pm
Great food, a beer tent, and Petty Cash Junction is scheduled to perform. Fireworks at 9 pm. Free.
www.visitalton.com/

Godfrey Family Fun Day & Fireworks
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 Venue: Glazebrook Park, Godfrey, IL   Time:5:00pm-9:30 pm
Come join in the fun at an old fashioned family evening in the park. The Great Godfrey Maze's theme will be unveiled and there will be fireworks at 9:15. Free

Granite City Festival And Fireworks
July 3 - July 7, 2012  Venue: Wilson Park, Granite City, IL   Wilson Park, 2900 Benton Street
The Granite City Park District's celebration includes carnival rides, concerts, carriage rides, food, and entertainment. Fireworks at 9:15 pm on the 4th at the Coolidge Middle School Grounds. Free
www.park.granitecity.com

4th of July Fireworks Display
Tri-Township Park - Troy, Illinois The fireworks begin at dusk Wednesday

St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Game
Venue: Busch Stadium
vs. Colorado Rockies. 7:15 pm (2-3); 6:15pm (4); 7:15pm (5)
vs. Florida Marlins. 7:15pm (6), 3:10pm (7), 1:15 pm (8)
http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/

Aladdin
Date: Thursday-Sunday, July 5-8, 2012 Venue: The Muny in Forest Park Time: 8:15 p.m.
The Muny premiere of Disney's Aladdin will be the third production of this new stage musical to be produced anywhere in the world! http://www.muny.org/

Lantern Festival: Art by Day, Magic by Night Exhibit
Date: Runs Sunday, August 19, 2012 Venue: Missouri Botanical Garden  Night Admission: $22.00

This international exhibition is larger-than-life with lighted works of art from China. View the art by day from 9:00 am–5:00pm. Experience the illuminated magic at night, Thursday through Sunday evenings from 6:00 pm–10:00pm. Lanterns are lit at sunset. http://www.mobot.org/

For more events and ideas, check out our events calendar.

List Of Communities That Have Cancelled Fireworks:
Missouri
    • Farmington
    • Arnold
    • Irondale
    • Six Flags -July 4
    • Eureka – July 4
    • Manchester – July 4, Postponed To August 3
    • Ellisville- July 4, postponed until August
    • Chesterfield-July 4
    • Cuba – July 4
    • Webster Groves – July 3 & 4
    • Imperial, St. Louis District Turner Camp- July 4
    • Owensville. July 3
    • Bonne Terre, Lake Timberline Paddle Club – Postponed To July 7
    • Washington
    • Ste. Genevieve
    • Kirkwood
    • Steelville-July 4
    • Hazelwood
    • Monarch Fire Department – July 4
    • Imperial, MO, St. Louis District Turner Camp, -July 4
    • Weldon Spring, MO – July 4
    • Jefferson Barracks-July 3
    • Troy, MO Rotary Club- July 4-Rescheduled For Sept. 2
    • Overland, Mo. - July 4th, postponed to later date
    • St. Albans - July 4

Illinois

  • Columbia, IL
  • Lebanon, IL – July 3
  • Vandalia, IL – July 3
  • Mascoutah, IL. - July 4th, postponed to later date
  • Belleville, IL.