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Veiled Prophet Parade cruises through downtown St. Louis

America's Birthday Parade (aka the VP Parade) makes its way down Market Street in downtown St. Louis on July 4, 2018.

Photo by Cristina M. Fletes, cfletes@post-dispatch.com

Wednesday, July 3

America’s Biggest Birthday Parade kicks off with music, food, drinks and family fun at Parade Town at Kiener Plaza downtown. The event is free to attend. Find more info at americasbirthdayparade.com/paradetown.

4 p.m. • Parade Town opens; music and cornhole tournament

5:30 p.m. • Golden Knights parachute show

6:05 p.m. • Dave Glover Band

7:30 p.m. • Jake’s Leg

8:30 p.m. • Balloon glow

8:50 p.m. • Jake’s Leg

9:55 p.m. • Fireworks

10 p.m. • Parade Town closes

Thursday, July 4

July Fourth downtown begins with America’s Birthday Parade (aka the VP Parade), produced by the Veiled Prophet Organization. This year’s theme is “We the People!,” represented by 14 marching bands and 21 floats, plus helium balloons and other entries. The parade steps off on Market Street at 20th and continues east to Broadway. And it’s not just for St. Louisans to enjoy anymore; the parade is broadcast live to more than 50 television markets nationwide. Find more info at americasbirthdayparade.com.

7:30 a.m. • America’s Birthday 5K (Soldiers Memorial)

9:30 a.m. • 137th America’s Birthday Parade (Market Street)

After the parade, Fair St. Louis gets started at Gateway Arch National Park. Due to flooding on Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard on the riverfront, the fair footprint now extends west to portions of Memorial Drive, Fourth Street and Market Street. Entry is free, with various concessions available for sale on the grounds. Find more info at fairsaintlouis.org.

Noon • Fair St. Louis opens

12:30 p.m. • Air show (Over Mississippi River)

2 p.m. • Purina Pro Plan Performance Team (Festival Zone)

4:30 p.m. • Purina Pro Plan Performance Team (Festival Zone)

5 p.m. • Air show (Over Mississippi River)

6:30 p.m. • Purina Pro Plan Performance Team (Festival Zone); Randy Houser (Main stage)

8:15 p.m. • Brett Young (Main stage)

9:35 p.m. • Fireworks (Over Mississippi River)

Friday, July 5

4 p.m. • Fair St. Louis opens

4:30 p.m. • Purina Pro Plan Performance Team (Festival Zone)

5 p.m. • Air show (Over Mississippi River)

6:30 p.m. • Johnny Gill (Main stage); Purina Pro Plan Performance Team (Festival Zone)

8:15 p.m. • Keith Sweat (Main stage)

9:35 p.m. • Fireworks (Over Mississippi River)

Saturday, July 6

Noon • Fair St. Louis opens

12:30 p.m. • Air show (Over Mississippi River)

2 p.m. • Purina Pro Plan Performance Team (Festival Zone)

4:15 p.m. • Purina Pro Plan Performance Team (Festival Zone)

4:30 p.m. • Salute to the Troops (Main stage)

5 p.m. • Air show (Over Mississippi River)

6:30 p.m. • Vertical Horizon (Main stage); Purina Pro Plan Performance Team (Festival Zone)

8:15 p.m. • The Flaming Lips (Main stage)

9:35 p.m. • Fireworks (Over Mississippi River)