We’re Dry and Ready for the Fourth of July!

Sounds of the Saint Charles Municipal Band billow through Missouri’s largest and oldest historic district.
Sounds of the Saint Charles Municipal Band fill the air in Missouri’s largest and oldest historic district.

Here in St. Charles, we’re all about events, especially given we played host in 2012 for more than 130 event days. By our last count, that breakdown comprised 18 parades, nine festivals, 29 sporting events and another 17 special events and activities of various shapes, sizes and duration.

Recently we’ve been worried, as many folks have across the Midwest, about weather … predominantly flooding. Fortunately, the Missouri River has begun to recede and our shoreline and primary event green space in Frontier Park  is almost back to normal.

That’s without a doubt great news!

For one of the city’s biggest shindigs of the year is Riverfest, our annual Fourth of July celebration. And you’re invited, of course!

This year we’re going to mix things up a bit and kick off the holiday with a parade at 10 a.m., which will land on the doorstep of our Main Street historic district at approximately 10:45 a.m. (complete parade route highlighted on this year’s event flyer.

Fast-forward to 5 p.m. when Mayor Sally Faith welcomes visitors for the evening festivities for that’s when the real fun begins. We’ll have non-stop music throughout the course of the evening, featuring the Saint Charles Municipal Band, The Patt Holt Singers, Pearl Handle Band and Charles Glenn.

Are you a St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan? Then you’ll definitely want to be in town from 5:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. to meet and greet that ever lovable mascot, Fredbird.

American flags adorn historic buildings on Main Street in St. Charles, the oldest city on the Missouri River.
American flags adorn historic buildings on Main Street in St. Charles, the oldest city on the Missouri River.

The evening will culminate with a spectacular firework display – St. Charles style along the Missouri riverfront – beginning at 9:20 p.m. The display will be simulcast on KCLC, FM 89.1, The Wood, which is our hometown station on the campus of Lindenwood University.

For once we’ve sang the National Anthem, there’s nothing quite like joining a throng of faces raised high while the traditional “bombs bursting in air” emblaze the nighttime sky (amidst collective oooh’s and aaah’s, of course).

But most of all? We know we have much to be grateful for, given recent storms this spring, which included tornadoes in late May. So as a community, we’ll pull together and celebrate our nation’s 237th birthday. We know there will be countless opportunities to do the same all over this great state of Missouri.

If you happen to find yourself in St. Charles for the holiday, we’ll make sure this is one Fourth of July to remember … one you won’t soon forget!

For when the fireworks are finished, we’ll continue on with the music and local fare.

So come early and dine in our restaurants. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets so you can get comfy in the park. We also have plenty of places to get some shut-eye should you decide to stay over and shop till you drop the next day.

To Discover all there is to do and see in St. Charles, visit us online at HistoricStCharles.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Greater Saint Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau , on Twitter at @DiscoverStC and on YouTube at Discover St. Charles.

Let’s face it … there’s always something happening in St. Charles … that we can guarantee.

Here’s to wishing you a safe July 4th holiday and a wonderful summer!

Written by Carol Felzien, director of communication, City of St. Charles.

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