SILVER DOLLAR CITY - Celebration includes an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. with patriotic music from the Missouri State University Brass 'n Sass 20-member ensemble, plus a flight by a bald eagle. Activities include dunk tanks, dance lessons, a checkers tournament, an old-fashioned ice cream social at 7 p.m., a show called GAC Nights in Echo Hollow at 7:30 that ends with fireworks, and a street dance on the square until 10 p.m. Regular admission fees are charged.
SPARTA - July 4, dusk; this year's Fourth Of July Celebration will once again be at Roller Park at 837 Division Street. The event will take place on Wednesday July 4. Fireworks begin at dusk. There is an entrance fee of $5.00 per car.
STOCKTON - July 7
STRAFFORD - The Strafford 4th of July Parade will be hosted by the G.W. Reed VFW Post. Among the participants will be the Missouri 1 Chapter of the International Blue Knights, an International Police Motorcycle Organization. One of the members of the Missouri 1 Blue Knights is Gary Reed, son of G.W.REED for which the VFW post is named.
WILLOW SPRINGS - July 4, festivities begin at 10 a.m.; fireworks at dusk in the city park
Additional celebrations compiled by Missouri Department of Tourism:
Jefferson City, Mo. — The Fourth of July. Independence Day. An iconic date in United States history. In Missouri, as in all of the states and territories, the celebrations take many forms, chiefly parades, carnivals and festivals, barbecues and picnics, concerts, and glorious fireworks displays. The Missouri Division of Tourism and VisitMO.com invite you to celebrate the birthday of the United States at festivities and activities across the Show-Me State.
As you travel in Missouri, celebrate with us at one of these outstanding Independence Day events. There are many opportunities from which to choose, and not just on July 4; some are held earlier, while others last beyond July 4. And let’s be clear, this is just a small sampling of what’s available. Whichever you attend, a great time will be had by everyone in your family. Happy birthday U.S.A.!
Jefferson City’s annual Salute to America gets underway Tuesday evening with the Salute to Heroes parade. Downtown streets are closed-off to accommodate Wednesday’s activities: a carnival; music concerts; beer gardens; a classic car show; games for the kids; food galore; a bald eagle and birds of prey presentation by the World Bird Sanctuary; and other special activities. A tremendous firework spectacular fills the air above the Missouri Capitol and the Missouri River.
Fort Leonard Wood invites you to join the Independence Day Celebrations at Gammon Field. Activities include military-vehicle displays; a horseshoe tournament; interactive games; watermelon-eating/seed-spitting contest; a car show; performances by the 399th Army Rock Band, and a concert by Trixie Delight; the U.S. Army Soldier Show; and a rousing fireworks display. Take your lawn chairs and/or blanket and enjoy this free event. Coolers, outside food and beverages, and pets are not allowed.
Downtown Columbia is the new site for Fire in the Sky. Children's activities take place at Flat Branch Park; two concerts (Ironweed, and the Norm Ruebling Band) take place on the main stage in Peace Park. The fireworks display will be launched from atop the Sixth and Cherry parking garage, downtown.
You can enjoy fireworks from shore and on the water at several venues in the Lake of the Ozarks area, including: Tan-Tar-A Resort, in Osage Beach; Lodge of Four Seasons Resort, in Lake Ozark; and Captain Ron’s (573-374-5852), in Sunrise Beach.
In Sedalia, relax in the grandstand for a Sedalia 4th of July Celebration at the State Fairgrounds. Enjoy an evening of special activities, including a flag presentation, a concert, and a big fireworks show.