It’s hard to believe that Independence Day is just around the corner.  We have so many great places to celebrate with music, family fun, fireworks and food.  Here are some of our favorites! 

Fair St. Louis  On July 2-4, Fair Saint Louis, a.k.a. America’s Biggest Birthday Party, will be alive with the sounds of Akon, 3 DOORS DOWN and  Jake Owen and more in Forest Park. On Saturday, July 1, the 135th Annual VP Parade will begin at 10 a.m. in downtown St. Louis and Fair Saint Louis will open in Forest Park at noon. Zip line, human slingshot rides, the STEAM exhibit presented by SCOPE, The Fairway and the Interactive Zone and Ameren/Purina Family Festival Zone will all return for the fair. As always, admission to Fair St. Louis is free. Sun., July 2, 1 p.m.; Mon., July 3, 4 p.m.; Tue., July 4, 4 p.m., free admission. Forest Park, Highway 40 (I-64) & Hampton Ave., St. Louis.

Webster Groves Community Days  Webster Groves’ long-running Community Days is a four-day party that features a pet parade, a people parade, a carnival and the Webster Groves Lions Club’s BBQ. The Miss Webster Pageant takes place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 2, and the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday (July 3 and 4). Sat., July 1, 11 a.m.; Sun., July 2, 2-11 p.m.; Mon., July 3, 2-11 p.m.; Tue., July 4, 10 a.m., free admission, Memorial Park, S. Elm Ave. and Glendale Road, Webster Groves. 

St. Charles Riverfest  Celebrate Independence Day along the banks of the Missouri River with a parade, live music, carnival, food and craft vendors and fireworks (July 3 and July 4 only). Sat., July 1, 5-10:30 p.m.; Sun., July 2, 12-10:30 p.m.; Mon., July 3, 12-10:30 p.m.; Tue., July 4, 12-10:30 p.m., free admission, Frontier Park, First Capitol Dr & S Riverside Drive, St. Charles. 

Chesterfield 4th of July Fireworks Celebration On July 4, Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged in the parking lot of Chesterfield Mall for live music, children’s activities, food and fireworks. The Commerce Bank Kid’s Zone will have Circus Kaput, a two-hour circus show featuring unicycling, juggling, magic, aerial acts, stiltwalker, teeterboard, fire breathing, acrobatics, audience participation and much more. The Kid’s Zone will also have 15 carnival games including putt-putt challenges, a frog hop and ring toss, plus two bubble machines! Inflatable bounce houses, slides and an obstacle course will keep the kids entertained before the fireworks show. Kid’s Zone will be open from 6:30 pm-9:00 pm.

JB Blast  On Saturday, July 1 at Jefferson Barracks, the U.S. Air Force Band will perform live music at the Veteran’s Memorial Amphitheater and the celebration will conclude with fireworks.

Heritage & Freedom Fest O’Fallon’s annual celebration of America’s birthday, rock & roll and fireworks takes place from 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday, 2 to 11 p.m. Monday and noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday (July 2 to 4) at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex (900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard, O’Fallon; Sunday is family night, with no concerts or fireworks but plenty of entertainment in the form of carnival rides, a Midway full of games, a bungee trampoline and the Bubble Bus. Monday and Tuesday bring everything Sunday had plus fireworks (at 10:15 and 9:30 p.m., respectively), and concerts by Creedence Clearwater Revisited and World Classic Rockers, which features former members of Steppenwolf, Santana and Journey. Admission is free, although there is a nominal fee for the carnival ride tickets. Sun., July 2, 2-10 p.m.; Mon., July 3, 2-11 p.m.; Tue., July 4, 12-10 p.m., free admission. Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, 900 TR Hughes Blvd., Saint Charles. 

Hazelwood At White Birch Park, blankets & lawn chairs are encouraged for the fireworks display on July 4th.

Ferguson Family Fun Festival  A daylong festival on July 4th complete with a parade, children’s entertainment, food, music and fireworks at January Wabash Park.

Ellisville  Enjoy live music, fireworks and eat your favorite festival foods in Bluebird Park on July 4th.

Alton’s Fireworks Spectacular This event will be held on July 3 at the Alton Amphitheater at Riverfront Park. The fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m.

Grafton Fireworks  Watch fireworks light up the night sky at 9 p.m. on Saturday July 1st in Grafton.

Kirkwood Community Freedom Festival and Fireworks Live entertainment kicks off at 7 p.m. on July 4, and the Kirkwood Lions Club will be selling beer, ice cream, soda and glow necklaces. Tropical Moose will be open, and several food trucks will be open for business as well. Fireworks start at dusk. Tue., July 4, 7 p.m., free admission, call 314-822-5855 for info. Kirkwood Park, Geyer & Adams, St. Louis. On July 4, the festivities will include music, fireworks and food trucks on the Fourth

Arnold  For the holiday, Arnold City Park will be alive with music, food, drinks and an evening of fireworks.