Fair Saint Louis has been a celebration for St. Louis produced by St. Louisans for 39 years. Last year, the event returned to Gateway Arch National Park for three days of chart-topping entertainment, family-friendly activities, the world-renowned Boeing Air Show, and of course the Edward Jones Fireworks over the Mississippi River. Although flood water from Mississippi River temporarily closed the Arch trams, June 28, 2019, thousands of festival-goers came each night to watch fireworks over the newly restored riverfront.
This year, due to the pandemic, Fair Saint Louis has been canceled. The fireworks display in Alton, IL has also been canceled. The City of St. Charles still plans to host a free fireworks display at 9:20 pm, July 4 at Frontier Park.
Families, friends and visitors can enjoy live music and fireworks, July 2-5, at the Drive-In St. Louis celebration at POWERplex as part of the Schnucks Freedom Fest. General Admission parking passes each night are $40 per car in advance ($50 per car on July 4) and $50 at the gate with a six person per-car limit ($70 at the gate on July 4). Visit www.driveinstl.com for full list of entertainment.
Many St. Louis attractions have opened in phases including: Gateway Arch National Park, Missouri Botanical Garden, Butterfly House, Missouri History Museum, Soldiers Memorial, St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Art Museum, City Museum, St. Louis Aquarium and St. Louis Wheel and Magic House.
In the spirit of supporting St. Louis, we have relaunched STL Front Page. Twenty-five years ago, the St. Louis Front Page, published by Moore Design Group, began as a visual guide to St. Louis attractions, historical neighborhoods, hotels, restaurants and the entertainment scene. We are introducing "Experience St. Louis" with Places to Visit, Places to Stay, Places to Eat and Maps to get you to your destination. It's a work in progress. As St. Louis gradually reopens for business we will be there to help guide you through our beautiful city. We are all in this together. We are #stlouisstrong. We are #stlouisfriendly.
In 1904, St. Louis hosted the Louisiana Purchase Exposition and the Summer Olympics at Forest Park, adjoining the Central West End.
Following the World's Fair, Forest Park became known as the 'Crown Jewel of St. Louis.' The 1,371-acre features: Saint Louis ZOO; Saint Louis Art Museum; The Muny; Saint Louis Science Center; Missouri History Museum; and the Jewel Box.
More than 10 million visitors come to the park each year to participate in softball, cricket, rugby, tennis, golf, archery, lacrosse and soccer. They also ride bikes, ice and roller skate, roller-blade, jog, fish and have fun.
St. Louis offers a variety of attractions including: Historical Old Courthouse, National Blues Museum, Union Station, St. Louis Aquarium, The Wheel, Enterprise Center, Steifel Theatre, Citygarden, St. Louis City Library, St. Louis City Hall, City Museum, Campbell House, Field House Museum, Baseball Hall of Fame, Busch Stadium and Anheuser-Busch in downtown St. Louis; Missouri Botanical Garden near Tower Grove Park; Delmar Loop in University City; Grant's Farm, in South County, Butterfly House, the Museum of Transportation and West Port Plaza in West County; Historic Main Street in St. Charles, MO; Six Flags, near Eureka; the Daniel Boone Home near Defiance, MO; and the Mastodon State Historic Site near Kimmswick, MO.
St. Louis was founded in 1764 by Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau as a fur trading post on the west banks of the Mississippi River. Today, Laclede's Landing, a nine - block industrial area that once housed companies producing coffee, leather goods, mattresses, tobacco, whiskey, candy and machinery for the barges, features some of the most unique restaurants, sidewalk cafes, hotels and a casino.
St. Louis was named after the Crusader King Louis IX of France. The city is often referred to as the Gateway to the West, after the Gateway Arch was built in 1965.