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As Independence Day approaches, many cities and other features around Jefferson County will hold public fireworks displays.

The first will kick off Saturday, June 25 at Festus as part of the Twin City Firecracker Festival.

St. Pius X High School will hold one on Thursday, June 30.

On Saturday, July 2, two will take place in Arnold, another in Cedar Hill and yet another in Eureka.

Fireworks will also take place on Monday, July 4 in Hillsboro and De Soto.

Twin City Firecracker Festival

The annual Twin City Firecracker Festival will be back in full force for its 33rd year.

The festival will be held from 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday, June 24 and from 8 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, June 25 at Larry G. Crites Memorial Park, formerly known as West City Park.

After the festival was canceled in 2020 and weather-related low attendance in 2021, attendance is expected to return to normal this year, with around 10,000 to 12,000 people heading to the event, said Barb Lowry, director recreation and tourism for the town of Festus.

Festivities will include craft and food vendors, live music, a petting zoo, pony rides and carnival rides.

“The Firecracker Festival is a tradition here at Festus,” Lowry said. “It’s great fun for families. No matter your age, there’s something for everyone,” Lowry said.

A change from past firecracker festivals is that the fireworks will only take place on Saturday evening. Previously, fireworks were set off on both nights of the event.

“We just wanted to try something different,” Lowry said. “We wanted to try one night of a spectacular show instead of splitting it into two nights.”

The festival will also include a children’s fishing tournament from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and a senior fishing tournament from 10 a.m. to noon. Both derbies will take place at Al Brown Lake in Crites Park. Attendance prizes will be awarded. To register for either derby, complete an application on the City of Festus website.

The Jonathan Braddy Band will take the stage from 6-10 p.m. Friday, and Johnny Rock-ITT and the Double Wide Symphony will play from 6-10 p.m. Saturday.

Two bands will perform at the gazebo on Saturday – Streamline from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 90 Proof Acoustic from 3-5 p.m.

Tickets for the carnival rides will cost $1.25 each or 22 for $20, the same price for more than 10 years, according to the Festus website.

A few changes have been made to the festival this year.

There will be no car show and beer will be sold differently, with a separate tent where people can get a wristband and buy beer stand tickets after showing their ID.

There will be a Festus Fire Department Open House on Saturday.

The annual pickleball tournament has been canceled due to the heat.

People cannot bring coolers or pets to the festival.

To see the weekend schedule or apply to become a seller, go to—24-25-juin-2022.

The Festus Fire Department will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at its station, 212 N. Mill St., in conjunction with the Firecracker Festival.

“We want everyone to meet the crews, take a tour of the station,” Fire Chief Travis Wood said. “On our right side of the building parking lot, we will have a ladder truck for viewing. We will have a garden hose for the children to play with. We will do participation exercises – have our crews put their equipment. We’ll have free hot dogs and sodas.

Wood said the department held similar open houses years ago.

“Deputy Chief Chuck Boyer said we’re used to it, but it’s the first time in a long time,” Wood said.

He said he hopes the open house will stimulate people’s interest in becoming volunteer firefighters.

“We hope this will help us recruit volunteers,” he said.

For more information, call the department at 636-937-7661 or visit the Festus Fire Department Facebook page.

St. Pius X High School

The annual St. Pius fireworks show has become a tradition at the school, 1030 St. Pius Drive, in Crystal City, principal Karen DeCosty said.

The 2022 event is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, June 30. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the fireworks show begins at dusk. The price is $20 per vehicle.

“This is an event we look forward to bringing to the community,” DeCosty said. “It has become something the St. Pius family and community members look forward to.”

The Exit 180 group will perform. Barbecue and other concessions will be sold.

Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Town of Arnold

This year, the City of Arnold will host its annual free Independence Day celebration from 5-11 p.m. on Saturday, July 2 at Arnold City Park.

There will be several vendors and events throughout the night.

“We will have food vendors, we will do a bubble show and a balloon artist,” said Teresa Kohut, a recreation supervisor. “We will have a hot dog eating contest for adults, a cupcake eating contest for kids. We will do family games, a three-leg race and a ball toss. The Wildfire band will play from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The group plays contemporary and country music.

There will also be a toy train that kids can ride for free, Kohut said.

A fireworks display is scheduled for 9:30 p.m., Kohut said.

The city will pay $25,000 for the fireworks display, which is part of a larger celebration marking the 50th anniversary of Arnold’s incorporation.

“We will also have the mayor’s unveiling of the 50th anniversary centerpiece at 7:30 p.m.,” Kohut said.

She wouldn’t say exactly what the centerpiece is because it’s a surprise, but Gateway Fireworks created it, and the piece will travel around Arnold throughout the 50th birthday celebrations and people might get caught up in it. photo, Kohut said.

“We will also be giving away the free 50th anniversary books, which will be available at the (farmers market),” Kohut said.

During the event, 50th anniversary merchandise and veteran memorabilia will be sold. Money raised from Veterans merchandise will be used for the Veterans Memorial Park the city plans to install near the Arnold Recreation Center gazebo.

Arnold’s First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church of Arnold will offer a free fireworks display beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 2.

Car parks open at 8:45 p.m.

Jason Ervin, the next generation pastor, says church leaders have decided to stick with last year’s format.

Senior Pastor Kenny Qualls will speak, acknowledging first responders. Then the national anthem will be played, followed by fireworks.

The entire presentation should last about 30 minutes, Ervin said.

People can watch the show from inside their car or bring lawn chairs to watch outside.

The church will play music to accompany the fireworks. People can listen to the music in their cars by turning to 89.9 FM on their radios.

Cedar Hill

VFW Post 5331, at 1 Lynn Drive in Cedar Hill, will hold its annual Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 2.

“We’ve been doing this for 30 years,” said post commander Eva Maloney. “We start at 11 a.m. We have barbecues – pork steaks, hot dogs, brats and hamburgers – for sale. We will have a variety of sides to go with. Our helper makes funnel cakes and nachos. Scouts sell snow cones.

“We have music from a DJ. The fireworks display begins at dusk and lasts approximately 45 minutes. It’s free to attend, apart from the food.

She said the event usually draws large crowds.

“We generally have a lot of community support,” Maloney said.


Eureka’s annual Independence Day celebration will return from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, July 2 at the Central Avenue Spur.

This year’s event will have a few food vendors, as well as outdoor games, said recreation coordinator Lizzie Roberds.

“There will be garden games for people to play, like cornhole, giant Jenga and stuff like that,” she said.

A concert with Spectrum Band, which plays the best hits from the 80s to the present, will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Roberds said.

At 9:15 p.m., J and M Displays will put on a fireworks display.

“I still think it’s fun to celebrate America’s birthday,” Roberds said. “It will be an impressive fireworks display again this year.”

The fireworks are not set to music, but there will be patriotic music as it goes.

The fireworks will cost $20,000, Roberds said.

The Eureka Police and Fire Department will also be present at the event, she said.

The event will be free. Coolers are welcome, but not glass bottles.

Parking will be available at Getty Elementary, Central Ave. and The River Church.


The De Soto Lions will host a fireworks display at the end of an eventful day on Monday, July 4 at De Soto High School, 815 Amvets Drive.

The show is free and open to the public.

“We open around 4 p.m.,” said Larry Bridges of the De Soto Lions. “There’s a barbecue for sale, a bouncy house and tractor train rides for the kids (for a small fee). We recognize veterans around 7:15 p.m.

“It’s a family event. People are looking forward to our fireworks.

He said the fireworks will start around 9:15 p.m.

“Normally it’s 37 to 41 minutes, depending on the shooter,” Bridges said.

Amvets Post 48 at 1075 Amvets Drive in De Soto will be hosting a number of activities in conjunction with De Soto Lions activities.

They will include the following:

■ 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., pork steak suppers sold in the lobby;

■ From 4:00 pm to dusk, the cook’s hut opens its doors, selling hamburgers, hot dogs and funnel cakes;

■ 2 p.m. to close, a biergarten with DJ music and karaoke;

■ From 5 p.m. to dusk, sale of snow cones.


There is also a free fireworks display Monday, July 4 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 10349 Business 21, Hillsboro.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

“The fireworks start at dusk,” said Tina Shulack of the Hillsboro Community Civic Club, which is sponsoring the event. “It’s free and there’s free parking. People can bring coolers, lawn chairs, blankets, but no pets.

The concessions will be sold. Other activities include pony rides and face painting. DJ music will be provided. The organization will raffle a Blackstone grill.

“At 8 p.m. we have a parachute launch in the STL Diesel Arena,” she said. “They launch little parachutes. Whoever catches them will win prizes. There are children and adult divisions.

Shulack said the event draws large crowds every year.

“It grows every year,” she said. “Last year I would say we had 1,000 people.”


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