Every year, Independence Day festivities are celebrated throughout the United States. It’s a time to celebrate and thank those before us for founding this great country. Regardless of where you are, many choose to celebrate it the same way: with fireworks, patriotic music, and a lot of hotdogs. If you are looking for a festival to celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave, there is no better place than Jefferson City's Salute to America!
Salute to America Parade
As the marching band fires up, prepare for one highlight of this Fourth of July celebration - the parade! Families gather along the route as it winds through Jefferson City’s picturesque, downtown streets. The hometown flair of this parade not only makes it unique to the community but offers excitement for all ages. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and wraps up with the Community Bike Ride at noon. Peep the parade route here.
Patriotic Opening Ceremony
Salute to America kicks off each year in true patriotic fashion with an opening ceremony honoring our heroes.
Classic Car Show
Head to the north side of the Missouri State Capitol to see the Mid-Mo Car Club and all their classic cars! Car show runs from 9 a.m. to noon.
The kiddos will have a ball in the Kids Zone! Enjoy a variety of activities, including inflatables, bubbles, crafts, face painting, a magic show, and plenty of fun games. They can even tap into their creative side during the chalk art contest. Kids Zone opens at 1 p.m.!
Capitol Main Stage & Beer Garden Stage
Enjoy five bands across two stages throughout the day! Bop to tunes from Ernest James Zydeco, the Kay Brothers ft. the Burney Sisters, Lindley Creek, The Sensational Barnes Brothers, and Love-Seats. The full band schedule can be found here.
Want to learn all the lyrics to prep for the day? Check out this sweet Spotify playlist of all the day's artists!
Red, White, and Boom Sky Concert
At last, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the pièce de résistance, drumroll please…the Red White and Boom Sky Concert! Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and relax as the capital city proudly presents one of the largest fireworks displays in the state. Spectators will “ooh and ah” over the spectacle as brilliant lights soar high above the Missouri State Capitol dome before dissolving into the night sky.
Find the full schedule at SaluteToAmerica.org!