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• The Firecracker Mile will start at 8 a.m. Monday on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The event will feature open, novice and 14-and-younger divisions of the mile, as well as the Pee-wee Dash for children 6 and younger and the Junior Jog for youths ages 7-9.

The cost is $15 for any mile race and $12 for the Pee-wee Dash or the Junior Jog.

For more information, call Jeff at 826-5000, ext. 2 during the day or 827-6809 in the evening.

• The “Celebrating Liberty: An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July” celebration will kick off at 10 a.m. Monday with a parade starting at Main Street and Ohio Avenue that will travel south through downtown Sedalia. Any groups or individuals interested in participating in the parade can contact the Pettis County Recorder of Deeds office. Today is the deadline for entries.

After the parade, the party will head over to Centennial Park for a free picnic, concert and games. Cornerstone Baptist Church will sponsor an afternoon concert featuring two contemporary Christian rock bands, VOTA and Bread of Stone. The bands will take the stage at 3 p.m.

• The Sedalia Blue Ribbon Committee will present a free fireworks display and entertainment Monday night at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Gates open at 6 p.m. and entertainment will start at 7 p.m. with a performance by the band Rumblestrip. There will be a special presentation for Heber Hunt Elementary School at 8:15 p.m. At dusk, VFW Post 2591 will present the American Flag and Richard DeFord will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Fireworks will begin with the last note of the national anthem.



An impromptu parade begins at 1 p.m. Monday.

The parade is open to anyone who wants to participate for free. The lineup will begin at 12:45 p.m. near the old schoolhouse.

For more information, visit arrowrock.org.


The fourth annual Liberty Light Up Fireworks Show will be Sunday at the Branson Landing. The Souled Out Band from Indianapolis will perform at 8 p.m. in front of the fountains at the landing. After the concert, a choreographed fireworks display will take place.


Olde Glory Days in Clinton will be Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday’s activities include a 5K run on the Katy Trail at 8 a.m., parade at 10 a.m., car show and fine arts show at 10 a.m., quilt show at 11 a.m., wiener dog races at 2 p.m., carnival and entertainment.

On Sunday, an all-school reunion will begin at 10:30 a.m. GospelFest will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Benson Center, and fireworks will begin at dark.

For a schedule of events, visit clintonmo.com.


The Fire in the Sky fireworks show will be Monday at the University of Missouri Memorial Stadium. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. The Record Collector band will perform at 7 p.m. Fireworks will start after 9 p.m. Admission is free. Concessions will be available for purchase.

For more information, call 573-874-7460 or visit GoColumbiaMo.com.


Eldon Family Fun Day will be Saturday at Eldon Air Park. Activities will include carnival rides and games, a run/walk race, karaoke, a live performance by the Palen/Hill Band and fireworks show at dusk.


Old Glory Jubilee will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 2 at Elsberry City Park and will feature a parade, crafts, games and Elsberry Idol Competition. Fireworks will begin at dusk.

For more information, call 573-898-5588.


The 56th annual Tom Sawyer Days will be Saturday through Monday.

Saturday’s activities begin at 9 a.m. and include a washers tournament, Tom Sawyer contest, frog jump contest and the Undecided performing at 8 p.m. The cover charge is $3.

On Sunday, Hannibal’s Got Talent show will begin at 1 p.m. and the national fence painting contest at 5 p.m. “In God We Trust” musical celebration will begin at 6 p.m. at Hannibal LaGrange College. No Wake and Predawn Hour will perform at 8 p.m. The cover charge is $3.

The Let Freedom Ring parade will begin at 10 a.m. Monday. The back-seat driving contest starts at 1:30 p.m., Tom and Becky relay at 2:30 p.m. and the Mighty Miss Raft Race at 4 p.m. Fireworks will begin on the riverfront at dusk. For more information, visit hannibaljaycees.org/NTSD.html.


The annual Fireworks Over the Water celebration will be Saturday at the Lake Pomme de Terre dam area, six miles south of Hermitage on U.S. 254 Highway.

Branded will perform. The fireworks can best be observed near the dam area, either on shore or by boat, in designated areas. Free parking is available. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating.


Festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Fairground Park in Higginsville. Admission is free. Madd Hoss Jackson will perform. Concessions are available. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating. For more information, visit higginsvillechamber.org.


Hollister will host its 58th fireworks show at dusk on Monday. For more information, call 417-334-3050.


Patriotic music and fireworks will be Monday at the Mormon Visitors Center, 937 W. Walnut. Gates will open at 8 p.m. The Spirit of Independence Community Concert Band will begin at 8:30 p.m. and the fireworks display begins at dark. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating.


Gates for the 2011 Salute to America will open at 2 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. Monday downtown.

Sunday activities will include a parade at 6 p.m., Little Mr. and Miss Independence Contest at 7 p.m. and Elvis Live at 8:30 p.m.

On Monday, the United FMX Extreme Sports Exhibition will begin at 2 p.m., American Water Live Eagle Show at 3 p.m., the Little River Band at 7 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.

For more information, visit salutetoamerica.org.


Riverfest will be Saturday and Sunday at Berkley Riverfront Park. Saturday entertainers include the Blue Cat Creole Band, Rich Berry, Brody Buster, Fast Johnny Ricker and Julia Othmer. Fireworks will begin at 10:05 p.m.

Sunday entertainers will be Bill Kleoppel, RiverRock, Billy Ebeling and Bradley Gaskin. Fireworks will begin at 10:05 p.m.

Tickets cost $10 at the gate or $8 if bought in advance online. Children 5 and younger will be admitted free. One dollar from each ticket bought at the gate will go tot he Wounded Warrior Project.

Admission is free from 1 to 3 p.m. each day.

For a schedule of events, visit kcriverfest.com.


The annual fireworks celebration will be Sunday at the Kearney Amphitheater. Switch will perform at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Children may play on free inflatable attractions and free watermelon will be served at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit kearneyamphitheater.com.


Powell Gardens will host “Booms & Blooms” from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Visitors are invited to visit the garden, listen to music and wander through the dinosaur exhibit. The Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra and Megan Birdsall and Friends will perform between 4:30 and 9 p.m. Fireworks will follow.

The cost is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $5 for children 5 to 12. The rain date is Sunday.


The 24th annual Fireburst on Table Rock Lake will be Saturday. Activities will begin at 10 a.m. include old-time games, vendors, artists and food. Entertainment will be from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Harter House parking lot. Bands to perform include M-Dock, Members Only and Missouri Boatride Bluegrass.

The 30-minute fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. People may watch the show by boat anywhere near the Kimberling City Bridge or from car by parking at the Kimberly City Shopping Center.


The following businesses will host firework displays: Bear Bottom Resort on Saturday, and Tan-Tar-A, the Lodge of the Four Seasons and Captain Ron’s on Sunday.

For more information, call 800-843-5253 or visit funlake.com.


The Liberty 4th Fest will be Monday at William Jewell College and downtown Liberty. A car cruise will be from noon to 3:30 p.m. The Salute to Freedom parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. Children’s activities will begin at 6 p.m. and Radio Disney at 7 p.m. The Saucy Jack Band will perform at 6 p.m. and the Liberty Summer Band at 9 p.m. Fireworks will begin about 9:45 p.m.

For more information, visit libertychamber.com.


Booths will open and music will begin at 6 p.m. Monday on the riverfront. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.

For more information, call 888-642-3800.


The city’s fireworks show will begin at dusk at Indian Foothills Park.


Freedom and Fireworks will take place at Monett South Park on Saturday.

The event will include live entertainment, free swimming and inflatables for children and fireworks at dark.

Consumed by Fire and Corybel Country will perform.

For more information, visit freedomandfireworks.com.


The Heritage and Freedom Fest will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 11 p.m. Sunday and noon to 10 p.m. Monday at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex in O’Fallon.

Performing Sunday are Rickie Lee Tanner at 2 p.m., Borderline at 3:30 p.m., Josh Gracin at 6:30 p.m. and Phil Vassar at 8:45 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 10:15 p.m.

Performing Monday are Contagious at 1 p.m., Tonic at 6 p.m. and OK Go at 8:15 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9:45 p.m.

A free area for children will be open from noon to 9:15 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

Also taking place on Sunday and Monday is the USTA Smash Zone, featuring interactive tennis games aimed at children 10 and younger; Laura Ernst, juggler and stunt artist; and Mario Manzini, escape artist.

For more information, visit heritageandfreedomfest.com.


The Platte City Family Fun Day and Fireworks Display will be Monday and will feature a pancake breakfast, games, bicycle rodeo and swimming during the day, followed by fireworks at dark at Platte County High School. Admission is free.

For more information, call 816-858-5627.


The Butler County Fair will be Saturday through July 9.

Saturday’s activities include a bicycle race and parade at 8 a.m., ACA dog show at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and beauty pageant at 11 a.m.

On Monday, a parade will begin at 9 a.m., bull fest at 7 p.m. and fireworks at dark.

For a complete list of activities, visit butlercountymissourifair.com.


The Fourth of July Gala Celebration will begin at 1 p.m. Monday in downtown Rockaway Beach. A reading of the names of fallen soldiers from the war in Afghanistan will be read by the memorial garden at the lakefront park. Donations will be accepted during the ceremony and will benefit the Ozarks Honor Flight.

Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.


Rogersville will have its Independence Day Parade at 5 p.m. Saturday at the city park.

Free games and inflatables will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Musical Mania will perform at 6:30 p.m. The Lions Club dunk tank will be open from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Turtle races will begin at 7 p.m. by the pavilion. Visitors must bring their own turtle.

Local bands will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at the pavilion and fireworks will begin at dark.

 For more information, call 417-753-2884, ext. 304 or visit rogersvillemo.org.


The Salem Heritage Festival will begin at 10 a.m. Monday in the courthouse square. In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, various crafters and food vendors will be selling items in the square. The Stars and Stripes parade will begin at 6 p.m. and run from the old fairgrounds to the Dent County Courthouse. Fireworks will begin at dark at Dent County Commons.

For more information, call 573-729-0029 or 573-729-6900 or visit salemmo.com.


The 35th annual Fire and Thunder Fireworks Display will be Monday at Table Rock Lake, one mile east of Larry Gene Taylor Memorial Bridge.

The rain date is Tuesday.


•The 21st annual Midtown Neighborhood Association’s Old Fashioned Parade and Celebration will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday. The parade will begin on Benton Street near Central High School and end at Washington Park.

For more information, visit midtown-springfield-mo.com.

•Fireworks at the Field will be Saturday at Hammons Field. Admission is $7 for adults. Children 4 and younger are admitted free. Only 20,000 people may attend the event because of the capacity of the field. Bands to perform are RetroGnomes at 3 p.m., Little Hoover’s Big Band at 4:30 p.m., Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin at 6 p.m. and Big Smith at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will begin at dusk. For more information, call 417-831-6200 or visit itsalldowntown.com.


Riverfest will begin with a parade at 10 a.m. Monday at Blanchette Park. Fireworks will begin at 9:20 p.m. Other activities will include a carnival, concessions and a children’s area.

For more information, visit historicstcharles.com.


•Fair Saint Louis will begin at noon Saturday on the grounds of the Gateway Arch. The Steve Miller Band will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Maroon 5 at 8 p.m. Sunday and Montgomery Gentry at 8 p.m. Monday. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. all three nights.

The 134th annual Veiled Prophet Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by an air show at noon.

On Sunday, air shows will begin at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. PJ Morton will perform at 6:45 p.m. On Monday, an air show will begin at 1:30 p.m.

For a schedule of events, visit celebratestlouis.org.

•Laclede’s Landing in St. Louis will celebrate Independence Day from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday through Monday.

Rockin’ on the Landing offers three full days of performances from some of St. Louis’ best original bands and cover groups.

Performing Saturday are SuperJam at 2 p.m., Contagious at 5 p.m. and Metal Studz at 8 p.m. On Sunday, McLovin performs at 2 p.m., Trixie Delight at 5 p.m. and Dirty Muggz at 10 p.m. On Monday, Rickie Lee Tanner takes the stage at 2 p.m., Candy Coburn at 5 p.m. and Whiskey Dixon at 8 p.m.

For more information, visit lacledeslanding.com.


On Sunday, the Friends of the Maclay Home in Tipton will host their annual ice cream social. In addition to ice cream with homemade cakes, the Carriage House Food Stand will serve pulled pork sandwiches and hot dogs from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Tours of the historic 17-room house built in 1858 as a girls’ school will be from noon until 2 p.m.

Musical entertainment will be provided by several groups including Don Willis, the Tipton Chime Choir and the Melody Makers.

Civil War exhibits on the grounds will highlight the home’s role in the conflict. Other Civil War artifacts and correspondence may be viewed on the house tour. A country store will be on the grounds as well.

Volunteer firefighters will provide a fireworks display at the Tipton Fairgrounds at dusk.


Versailles will have its Fourth of July celebration on Monday at the fairgrounds. The event will include carnival rides, games, live music and fireworks at dusk.


The Freedom Spectacular will begin with family fun and food at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Grover Park Baptist Church, 409 N. Mitchell.

The Warrensburg Community Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Selections will include “Victory at Sea,” “National Emblem March,” “God of our Fathers,” “Armed Forces Salute” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

A program will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will include a historical perspective of the American flag. A fireworks display will follow.

The band will perform the same patriotic program at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg.


The Dam Experience, a professional fireworks display, will be shot from Harry S Truman Dam at 9:45 p.m. July 2 and may be viewed by boat and land. The display is made possible through donations taken for the event. A live broadcast of patriotic music will be simulcast by KDKD 95.3 FM.

Parking will be avaiable on both the west and east sides of Truman Dam. From the east enter along East Dam Access Road, parking will be along the road, at Truman Dam Visitor Center and in East Bledsoe Ferry Park. Follow signs for traffic flow in the east park.

If conditions are dry, parking will be allowed in the center grass field below the dam. If conditions are wet, parking will be on hard surfaces only. From the west the entry will be on West Dam Access Road from state Route 7. Parking will be on the roadside, in West Bledsoe Ferry Park, at the Shawnee Bend beach if it is accessible, and at the Corps of Engineers administration building.  Both the Corps of Engineers Project Office and Visitor Center will be open. Once the fireworks begin the west access road becomes one-way to exit to state Route 7, with the west lane turning towards Clinton and the east lane toward Warsaw. Law enforcement will be present to direct traffic exits.

The rain date is Sunday.

For more information, call 800-927-7294.


Webster Groves will host Community Days Saturday through Monday.

The festival will open at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Miss Webster Groves pageant will begin at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 1 p.m. Sunday. A fireworks preview will begin at 9:45 p.m.

On Monday, a parade will begin at 10 a.m. and the fireworks spectacular at 9:45 p.m.

Webster Groves Lions Club also holds its annual carnival and barbecue charity fundraiser during the celebration. All activities (aside from the carnival and barbecue) are free.


The Jaycees fireworks show will begin at dusk on Monday at the athletic field at West Platte High School. Visitors may bring a blanket to sit on or view the fireworks from the bleachers. Music will be performed and food will be available for purchase.

For more information, visit westonmo.com.


The celebration will kick off with a Boy Scout flag-raising ceremony at 8 a.m. Monday in downtown Windsor. The Lions Club will lead children’s games like frog and turtle racing, egg toss and balloon toss at 9 a.m. Music will be provided all day.

At 3 p.m., the Great Cardboard Boat Regatta will begin at Farrington Park Lake. The objective is to construct a human-powered boat made of cardboard boxes and cardboard tubes that will hold a maximum of two people and float long enough to travel the race course for one lap.

The event is open to all ages. Anyone younger than 18 must have a legal guardian’s consent and they must sign the waiver form.

Registration will be from 2 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. on the north side of Farrington Park. Teams should be prepared to launch at 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per race.

For more information, call Jeanne Chambers, chairwoman, at 660-647-2277 or email jcdc@iland.net.

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