St. Louis celebrates riverfront renovations picnic and fireworks

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - It`s a city picnic on the riverfront. CityArchRiver organizers are hoping it`s better than ever before. They decided what better way to celebrate than with a 2,000 foot long picnic table and city picnic under the 630 foot tall arch.

A swollen Mississippi river full of trees and tires is what visitors are seeing Thursday afternoon. But with the Lewis and Clark statue, Captain`s Return, in a new location and a pedestrian and car friendly Leonor K. Sullivan Drive re-opened to the public, the riverfront is busy again.

Underneath the Gateway Arch, food trucks began arriving Thursday afternoon and St. Louisan`s tried out the revitalized riverfront. Tonight`s city picnic is hoping a big crowd will fill the 2016 foot-long picnic table and fireworks tonight at 8:30.

And even though the river might rise, the new riverfront is designed to fight the flooding. A hydrology study found Leonor k. Sullivan has water on the roadway 127 days a year due to flooding. By raising the street two feet they estimate that will reduce that number by about 40 days.

A summer concert series and St. Louis heritage brewer`s festival are planned in the next few weeks.