Ring in the Fourth of July St. Louis-style at one of these community celebrations.


Independence Day will be celebrated pool-side at Clayton's Shaw Park Aquatic Center. Patty DeForrest, director of Clayton Parks and Recreation, says that the event will feature not just swimming, but pool games, BBQ, ice pops and live music.



The annual Ellisville Independence Day Celebration in Bluebird Park begins July 4 with the morning Independence Day 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Kids Run. Events, such as a live performance from Smash Band, will take place later in the day, says recreation coordinator Sally Grobelny. Food and beverage vendors will be on-site, and games and activities, such as a rock-climbing wall, will be available. A ceremony featuring a flag presentation begins at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m.



For Independence Day, the city of Kirkwood will hold its Freedom Festival. Murray Pounds, director of the city's Parks and Recreation department, says this free event will feature live music, food trucks and a fireworks display at dark. The July 4 will be in Kirkwood Park.


St. Louis City

For the first time, Fair Saint Louis is being held at Forest Park. The three-day event, which runs July 3 through July 5, will house more than a dozen musical acts, including The Band Perry, Bonnie Raitt and The Fray. Each day will conclude with a firework display at 10 p.m. Other events include the 132nd annual Veiled Prophet Parade on July 4 and the July 5 Schnucks Freedom 4-Miler and Family Fun Run.


Webster Groves

Four days of family fun will take place in Webster Groves at the upcoming Community Days event, held at Memorial Park. Scott Davis, director of Webster Groves Parks and Recreation, says that The Lions Club will be hosting a BBQ, as well as carnival rides and games, July 2 through July 5. The Stars and Stripes Parade, which will start on East Lockwood Avenue, will begin at 10 a.m. on July 4. Other Community Days happenings include the Miss Webster Pageant, the Children's Pet Parade and Webstock. Attendees can enjoy firework displays on both July 4 and July 5 at 9:30 p.m.