Missouri is known as the “Show Me” State, but when it comes to Independence Day fireworks celebrations, it’s their turn to show us. And, oh my, do they ever! From the Ozarks to Mark Twain’s hometown, Missouri’s night skies explode on the Fourth of July with colors as the state says, “Happy birthday, America!”
Here are some of the best places to celebrate Independence Day in Missouri.
1. Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular
Where: St. Louis
As part of the Fair Saint Louis celebration, the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular explodes above St. Louis with the iconic Arch and Mississippi River as backdrops. The largest fireworks show in the area starts at 9:40 p.m., featuring patriotic music as the sky lights up with vibrant colors. The event traditionally includes preshow music, food, and drinks. Fair Saint Louis also honors America with a parade on July 4. It starts at 10 a.m. and follows a downtown route along Market Street.
2. Branson Landing’s Liberty Light Up Concert and Fireworks
With a concert featuring a live band, the Ozarks celebrates Independence Day with fireworks at Branson’s lake on July 3. The annual Branson Landing’s Liberty Light Up and Fireworks event starts at 4:30 p.m. with a beer garden and entertainment. Following the headlining concert at 8, the Ozarks’ night sky erupts with fireworks about 9 p.m.
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3. Salute to America
Where: Jefferson City
Missouri’s capitol is the place to celebrate on July 4. Salute to America includes a carnival, music, food, and games. The annual Red, White and Bloom parade takes place at 11 a.m. on July 4, following a downtown route. The celebration concludes with a fireworks show at 9:45 p.m. July 4.
4. Parkville 4th of July Celebration
Parkville, a suburb of Kansas City, is a fun city to celebrate Independence Day. The Parkville 4th of July Celebration kicks off with a 10 a.m. parade, beginning at 63rd Street and ending in Historic Downtown Parkville, along the Missouri River. Spend the day in Parkville, enjoying food, games, and other fun. The annual fireworks show lights up the sky at 9:45 p.m.
5. Great American 4th of July Celebration
Where: Cape Girardeau
Nothing says July 4 like grabbing lunch from a food truck and checking out the murals along the Mississippi River. Cape Girardeau hosts the Great American 4th of July Celebration on July 4 with a concert and fireworks show.
6. 4th of July Fireworks
Where: St. Joseph
Spend Independence Day exploring St. Joseph’s attractions, such as the Pony Express National Museum and the downtown public art. Then, settle in for the City of St. Joseph 4th of July Fireworks show. The 9:30 p.m. riverfront show can be viewed from the Remington Nature Center parking lot or Heritage Sports Complex.
7. Tom Sawyer Days
Nothing seems more Americana than celebrating Independence Day during the annual Tom Sawyer Days in Hannibal. The annual festival runs July 2-4, with Tom Sawyer- and Huck Finn-centric events, such as fence painting, carnival rides, and games. Independence Day festivities include a parade and the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. ** 2023 events are still TBA
While communities statewide celebrate Independence Day with parades, food, and music, these seven cities offer a fireworks show that will be remembered long after the grand finale sizzles the night sky.