One of St. Louis' largest traditions is Fair St. Louis. It has been a 4th of July tradition for more than three decades located on the Archgrounds and Mississippi Riverfront. This is St. Louis's favorite place to celebrate Independence Day. Fair St. Louis 2011 will run for three days, July 2, 3 and 4. The Fair will feature air shows, free concerts and fireworks displays.
The fair gets kicked off with the Veiled Prophet Parade. The 134rd annual parade will start at 10 a.m. on July 2. The parade starts at Washington and 4th Street and makes its way south on 4th o Market Street andthen willhead West on Market to Union Station. Get there early if you want a good spot on the parade route because thousands of people come out to see the marching bands, giant balloons and beautiful floats.
Be sure to come to the fair hungry. You'll find all kinds of foods including funnel cakes, corn dogs, gyros, toasted ravioli and fresh-squeezed lemonade.
The K-Town Kids Zone will entertain your children with games, crafts and performances by local dancers and musicians. The Kids Zone opens at noon on Saturday, July 2, and at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4.
Air shows each day feature a variety of military jets, stunt planes and other aircraft. The schedule for the air shows is: July 2 at noon and 4:30 p.m., July 3 at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., and July 4 at 1:30 p.m. Each show should last at least 90 minutes.
Live concerts each day at the mainstage under the Arch. Here is the schedule..............The Steve Miller Band performs on July 2 at 7 p.m., Maroon 5 on July 3 at 8 p.m., and Montgomery Gentry on July 4 at 8 p.m. Come find your spot early because the Archgrounds fill up fast.
Each day, the fair will end with fireworks. The fireworks display will begin around 9:15 pm. The grassy area undereath the arch is the best place to watch the fireworks.