Missouri is unofficially nicknamed the ‘Show Me State;’ show me the iconic stainless steel arch that overlooks the Gateway City, show me the steamboats on the mighty Mississippi and show me the fireworks! This Midwest state is a great place to enjoy Missouri fireworks for both visitors and residents; there are a number of displays set off throughout the year that should not be missed!
Amusement parks are a great place to take in Missouri fireworks shows. Visitors to Six Flags St. Louis will not only enjoy the thrill of roller coasters, the entertainment of live performances and meeting their favorite cartoon characters, they can also see great firework shows. Firework shows are planned throughout the year and are typically choreographed and designed to complement the current season from Independence to Halloween to the holidays and New Year’s Eve.
Summer visitors can get patriotic at Fair St. Louis, which features fireworks, air shows and free live concerts. The Gateway arch and Mississippi river are lit up for three consecutive nights around the 4th of July following a concert headliner – not to be missed. While Fair St. Louis has one of the most well known firework shows in St. Louis that honors Independence Day, there are many others in the surrounding area as well. For example, the St. Charles Riverfest is an exciting 4th of July celebration held each year on the banks of the Missouri River. The festival includes four days of carnival rides, games, parades and plenty of fireworks. Webster Groves has another nearby ‘fireworks spectacular’ that is held in conjunction with their annual Community Days event in honor of the 4th of July. These are just a few other firework show options, there are many more!
There is certainly no shortage of firework events in the Kansas City area for the Fourth of July. The Kansas City Riverfest, held annually at Berkley Riverfront Park, is one of the best pyrotechnic displays in town with a dazzling show that is choreographed to live music and family friendly events earlier in the day – if you get there early, admission is free. The fireworks are put on by the famed Zambelli family who also hosts a mini-preview show a day earlier just so that everyone gets their fix of Missouri fireworks.
Ring in New Year’s Eve with the whole family at First Night in Grand Center. This family-friendly, alcohol free event draws nearly 15,000 people who enjoy an evening of singing, dancing and art. The memorable evening ends with fireworks at midnight, if the kids can stay up that long! A great fireworks display can also be found at Westport Plaza, enjoy a carriage ride through the entertainment district and enjoy the beautiful Missouri fireworks on the go!
Sports are plentiful in the state and often a great place to maximize your entertainment with plenty of excitement on the field and in the air. Missouri is home to two Major League Baseball Teams, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals and well as numerous minor league teams. It’s always a post-game treat to get to sit out and watch the colorful firework displays energize the post-game crowd – check specific schedules for exact firework dates. Football fans can cheer on the Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams and then celebrate with outrageous fireworks for championships and special wins!
Missouri has much to offer in the way of natural beauty and entertainment including fireworks. Both tourists and residents can use an online resource such as Visit Missouri will keep you up-to-date on arts and culture, sporting events, entertainment and any firework shows that might be happening in the state at any given time of the year. Share the firework fun with loved ones, watching fireworks in Missouri is always much more special when accompanied by family and friends.