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Fair St. Louis Fireworks back at the Arch

David Carson, Post-Dispatch

Fireworks over the Mississippi River at last year's Fair St. Louis. 

Alton Fireworks Spectacular

Laurie Skrivan, Post-Dispatch

Fireworks in Alton last year.

Get an early jump on your family's Independence Day plans or start a new tradition.

Alton Fireworks Spectacular

When 5 p.m., fireworks around 9:30 p.m. July 3 • Where Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater, 1 Riverfront Drive, Alton • How much Free, $25 VIP tickets available • More info visitalton.com

Chesterfield Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration

When 6:30-10 p.m. July 4 (fireworks at 9:30 p.m.) • Where Chesterfield Mall, 291 Chesterfield Mall Drive, Chesterfield • How much Free • More info 636-537-4000; chesterfield.mo.us

Ellisville Independence Day Festival

When 6-10:30 p.m. July 4 (fireworks at 9:30 p.m.) • Where Bluebird Park, 225 Kiefer Creek Road, Ellisville • How much Free • More info 636-227-9660; ellisville.mo.us

Fair St. Louis

When July 4-6, times to be announced, America's Birthday Parade 9:30 a.m. July 4, downtown St. Louis • Where Gateway Arch National Park • How much Free • More info fairsaintlouis.org

Fireworks in Hazelwood

When Fireworks begin at dusk, July 4 • Where White Birch Park, 1186 Teson Road, Hazelwood • How much Free • More info 314-731-0980; hazelwoodmo.org

Godfrey Family Fun Fest With Fireworks

When 5-9:30 p.m. July 4 • Where Robert E. Glazebrook Community Park, 1401 Stamper Lane, Godfrey • How much Free • More info 1-800-466-1483; godfreyil.org

Granite City Patriots in the Park

When July 2-6, fireworks at 9:15 p.m. July 4; festival 6-10 p.m. July 2, 1-10 p.m. July 3-6 • Where Wilson Park, 2900 Benton Street, Granite City • How much Free • More info 1-618-877-3059; park.granitecity.com

Jerseyville Fireworks

When Fireworks begin at dusk on July 4 • Where American Legion, 300 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Jerseyville • How much Free • More info 1-618-498-3312; visitalton.com

July Fourth Fest at Six Flags

When July 3-6, fireworks begin five minutes after park closes at 9 p.m. • Where Six Flags St. Louis, 4900 Six Flags Road, Eureka • How much Ticket prices vary • More info 636-938-5300; sixflags.com/stlouis

Kirkwood Freedom Festival

When 7 p.m. July 4 (fireworks at dusk) • Where Kirkwood Park, 111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood • How much Free • More info 314-822-5855; kirkwoodmo.org

Manchester July Fourth Party

When 6-9 p.m. July 4 (fireworks at dusk) • Where Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road, Manchester • How much Free • More info 636-227-1385; manchestermo.gov

O’Fallon's Heritage & Freedom Fest

When 4-10 p.m. July 2, 4-11 p.m. July 3, noon-10 p.m. July 4; fireworks at 10:15 p.m. July 3 and 9:30 p.m. July 4 • Where Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, 900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard, O’Fallon, Mo. • How much Free • More info 636-379-5614; heritageandfreedomfest.com

St. Charles Riverfest

When 5-11 p.m. July 3, parade 10 a.m.-noon, festival noon-11 p.m. fireworks 9:20 p.m. July 4 • Where Frontier Park, 222 South Riverside Drive, St. Charles • How much Free • More info 636-946-7776; discoverstcharles.com

Wentzville Liberty Fest

When Noon-9 p.m. July 4 (parade at 10 a.m., fireworks after concert ends at 9 p.m.) • Where Progress Park, 968 Meyer Road, Wentzville • How much Free • More info 636-332-9236; wentzvillemo.org

Webster Groves Community Days

When Carnival and entertainment July 3-6; fireworks 9:30 p.m. July 4 and 6; parade 10 a.m. July 4. • Where 40 Acres, south of Interstate 44 and east of Elm Avenue • How much Free • More info 314-963-5600; webstergroves.org/communitydays

Valerie Schremp Hahn is a features writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.