St. Louis celebrating The Fourth of July in Forest Park

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - It's day two of Fair St. Louis and the city is celebrating the Fourth of July in a brand new spot.  A lot of people were worried that getting into and out of the park would be difficult but on the first night, things ran pretty smooth. It helped that there are 11,000 parking spaces scattered around Forest Park from church parking lots on Skinker Boulevard to Forest Park Community College off of Oakland Avenue.  There are even parking lots on Manchester Boulevard.  Shuttles took many fair goers into the park.

However, as with any large event, there were some hang-ups, especially on Kingshighway Boulevard and westbound Highway 40.

Jeff Rainford, Mayor Slay Chief of Staff had this to say, "Our team and the Fair St. Louis people have spent eight months working on this traffic plan. If everybody decides that they`re going to come in Hampton at the same time, then you`re going to have to sit and wait in traffic. But there are 4,000 spots available inside the park."

Dwayne Addison rode the MetroLink to Park and explains, "We walked from the MetroLink into the park, through the museum, and we hiked it pretty much."

On the Budweiser Main Stage tonight will be Gavin Degraw at 5 p.m., then Bonnie Raitt will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. The fireworks show will begin at 10 p.m.

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  • Ed Golterman

    No I dont think St. Louis, if you mean the people of the St. Louis region are celebrating the 4th in Forest Park. When the Veiled Prophet put the parade in the Park, he took it away from the people.
    The result: The lowest attendance for a VP parade in history. That means in about 100 years.
    The sparse daytime crowds which swell a a bit at night will also be the smallest attendance in the history of Fair St. Louis. By hundreds of thousands. All the media shilling could not save a bad plan.

  • Jerome

    Worst I ever seen alot of walking not much going on it seem like all the worker were from out of town none could help with directions we seen alot of parking inside the park that wasn’t being used. So sad for who ever plan this one should not be there next year.

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