Fourth of July 2013

By Lisa Batson

Americans of all ages love the Fourth of July. As our nation's one completely American holiday, the Fourth is a day for fun. Whether you want to watch fireworks beneath a night sky, sink your teeth into fried chicken, or barbeque burgers over a grill, we all celebrate the Fourth of July. If you are looking for something to do to celebrate in Southeast Missouri or Southern Illinois, look no further. There are so many celebrations and festivities going on, and we have complied a list of things to do to helo you out.  Whatever you do on this holiday, please don’t forget what it’s all about.  Remember it’s “America’s Birthday” and from that came the land of promise and freedoms with a hope for a bold future.

Here is a list of things to do over this July 4th holiday.


Southeast Missouri


Butler County Fair
Poplar Bluff, MO   July 3-6, various locations and times. 
Events including: Amusement rides, parade, bull fest, horse shoe & washer pitching, beauty pageant, draft horse pull, horse & mule judging, parade, fireworks, car, truck, motorcycle & antique tractor show, demolition derby, and lawn mower races.  For a complete list of times, locations and admission costs, please visit
Jackson Fourth of July Festivities
Jackson, MO   Thursday, July 4, 2013, 8:30 am - 10 pm in Jackson City Park.
The City of Jackson will have its annual July 4 celebration at Jackson City Park. Events include a car show, live entertainment, Art in the Park, beer garden, and arts and crafts vendors. Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm.
Fourth at the Fort
Cape Girardeau, MO   Thursday, July 4, 2013, 9 am - 4 pm in Fort D Historic Site.
For the four years of the Civil War, Fort D protected the city of Cape Girardeau from attack. Now the old fort comes to life once more. The soldiers of Fort D were very patriotic. At the national holiday, they would celebrate by firing their rifles and cannon, eating a special meal with friends and civilians, and flying their flags proudly. Come join eth re-enactors at this special time. The civilian ladies will be serving up iced tea (a true Civil War treat) and cookies.
Fireworks Display
East Prairie, MO   Thursday, July 4, 2013
Fireworks start after Dusk. The community of East Prairie holds its annual fireworks display at 9 pm at the EPHS Football Field.
Fireworks Display
Sikeston, MO   Thursday, July 4, 2013 at Campanella Drive across from the airport.
The community of Sikeston holds its annual fireworks display hosted by the Elks Club.
Oran 4th of July Celebration
Oran, MO Thursday, July 4, 2013, 10 AM – Midnight at 604 Church St.
You'll enjoy an old fashioned church dinner, ice cream, bingo, horseshoe tournament and fireworks display. 
Old Fashioned Fourth of July
Cape Girardeau, MO, July, 4, 2013, The Glenn House, 325 Spanish Street
The festivities will be an old fashioned 4th with croquet, lemonade, and cookies.
Fireworks Display
Dexter, MO
July 3 starting at dusk at the East City Park.
The rain out date will be July 5.


Fireworks Display
Cape Girardeau, MO, July 4 Arena Park
USA Veteran's Organization will put on the fireworks display beginning at 9pm.


Fireworks Display
Marble Hill, MO, July 4 Marble Hill Ballpark
The show starts at 9:15pm.


Fireworks Display
Perryville, MO, July 4 Perryville City Park
JRDigital sound system from 7-9pm. Show starts at 9pm.


Fireworks Display
Bonne Terre, MO, July 4 at Lake Timberline Paddle Club
The Lake Timberline celebration will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the paddle club. There will be food, drinks, music and fireworks at dark.


Fourth of July Celebration
Park Hills, MO, July 4 at Park Hills Sports Complex
Live music beginning at 6pm by Black Diamond Band followed by fireworks.


Fourth of July Celebration
Farmington, MO, July 4 at Engler Park
Band Medallion will perform from 7-9pm and fireworks will begin at 9pm. The event is free and open to the public.


Fourth of July Celebration
Chaffee, MO, July 4 at Harmon Field 
The event will feature Littl Miss and Mr. Harmon field, as well as Miss Harmon Field pageant at 5pm, followed fireworks at 9pm.


Fourth of July Celebration
Fredericktown, MO, July 4 at Azalea Park
The event will feature fun and games, live music, a car show, sand volleyball, and fireworks. The festivities begin at 4:30pm with fireworks at dark.


Bismarck Freedom Fest
Bismarck, MO, July 3-4
Wednesday evening features live music and the and a "glow" fun run. Thursday will feature a parade, music, family fun activities and a fireworks display.


Freedom Celebration
Ste. Genevieve, MO July 4 at Pere Marquette Park
The event will feature a performance by the municipal band and fireworks.



Southern Illinois


Fireworks Display
Anna, IL   Thursday, July 4, 2013
Fireworks start after Dusk at Anna City Park.
Fourth of July Festivities

Murphysboro, IL   Thursday, July 4, 2013 at Riverside Park, 24th and Commercial Streets.
Each year Murphysboro's Riverside Park hosts one of the best fireworks displays in Southern Illinois. The fireworks start at dusk and are preceded by live entertainment on the stage of the historic shell in the evening.
Salute to Freedom
Mt. Vernon, IL July 4, 2013, Mt. Vernon Airport
Event opens at 5 pm with fireworks at dark. Activities include- chalk art contest, Live entertainment, food vendors, children's activities, and a massive fireworks display.
Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration
Mascoutah, IL July 4, 2013 at Scheve Park, 6th Street & Harnett 
Hometown celebration to encourage and strengthen the relationship between surrounding communities and the city. Features softball and kickball tournaments, rides, kids games, good & drinks, raffle, poker, artisans, fireworks and more! Music provided by various local groups with the US Air Force Band of MidAmerica playing in the evening.
Liberty Bell of the West Patriotic Celebration
Kaskaskia, IL July 4, 2013 at 201 First Street,  Kaskaskia, IL 63673 
Patriotic music & talks, ring bells for Liberty, French Marine Salute, traditional food available and tours.
Fireworks Display
Herrin, IL   Thursday, July 4, 2013
Fireworks start around 9:00 with live music starting at 5:30 and Baseball/softball all day
Picnic in the Park
Dupo, IL July 4, 2013 at Dupo Community Park, Bluffview Elementary Dr.
Live music, food, games, softball tournament, washers tournament, games, kid rides and a large fireworks display at dusk.
July 4th Celebration
Steeleville, IL July 2-4 at American Legion Park & City Hall Park, Rte. 150 
Carnival and rides, food stands, live music, beer stand and poker stand. Craft stands 7/4 before and after parade. On 7/4 parade at 10 a.m. fireworks at 10:00 p.m.
Freedom Fest 2013
Goreville, IL, Find a full schedule of events at along with more details.
Carmi Lion's Club 6th Annual Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show
Carmi, IL July 4, 2013 at White County Fairgrounds, Hwy 14 West 
The 6th Annual Carmi Lion's Club Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show "Under the Shade Trees" will also have tractors, lots of trophies, dash plaques and awards. There will also be a swap meet, craft vendors, food and drinks and fireworks after dark!


Fireworks Display
DuQuoin, IL, July 4, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds
Fireworks start at dusk.


Fourth of July Celebration
Tamms, IL, July 4
The event will feature the 1st Annual Car, Truck, and Motorcycle show, gospel music, food, games for the kiddos, live music, door prizes, and fireworks.


Salute to Freedom
Mt. Vernon, IL, July 4 at the Mt. Vernon Airport
Enjoy a chalk art contest, live entertainment, food vendors, children's activities and fireworks. Festivities begin at 5pm.


Fourth of July Celebration
Vienna, IL, July 4 at Vienna Ballpark
Live music from 6-9pm will be followed by fireworks.


For all of these events and more, visit our calendars!

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