Fireworks set to fire up mid-Missouri

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 | 5:00 p.m. CDT; updated 10:08 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 30, 2010

This year’s Fourth of July is synonymous with two things: fireworks and free.

Because it is illegal to possess, sell or discharge fireworks within the corporate limits of Columbia, Batallion Chief Steven Sapp of the Columbia Fire Department recommends that residents go to the Fire in the Sky show at Memorial Stadium.

Even if you will not be in Columbia this weekend, there are a number of celebrations and free events around mid-Missouri.



What: Fire in the Sky

When: Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks begin after 9:30 p.m.

Where: Memorial Stadium

Cost: Free. Concessions will also be available.

This year will mark the 58th anniversary of the city’s Fourth of July celebration, which takes place within walking distance of downtown. Entertainment includes two bands and patriotic music from Hickman High School’s choir. More information, including a list of prohibited items can be found at


What: I Love America Festival

When: Gates open at 3 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:35 p.m.

Where: Boone County Fairgrounds

Cost: Free; $15 per duathlon entry

The festival is sponsored by the New Life Community Church and will begin with a kid’s duathlon followed by live music, food and carnival games. New Life will also hold a worship gathering earlier in the morning. A full list of activities can be found at


The state capitol’s Salute to America event is two days long and includes a parade, two stages for live music and other sponsored food and entertainment throughout the day. The official opening ceremony begins at 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, though certain events and food might cost extra. A full schedule can be found online.


What: CenturyLink Spirit of America Parade

When:  6 p.m.

Where: Downtown Jefferson City. Parade viewing begins in front of City Hall on Monroe Street. There will also be a viewing stand on High Street.

Cost: Free

Winners for the Best of Parade contest will be announced from the Main Stage on Saturday evening. 


What: Little Mr. and Miss Independence Contest

When: Check in starts 6 p.m., contest begins at 7 p.m.

Where: Madison and High streets

Cost: There is a $10 fee per contestant.

The contest is open to any boy or girl between 4 and 6 years old who is a Missouri resident. Prizes awarded to each winner include a crown, sash and $100 savings bond. More information and entry applications can be found online.


What: Red White and BOOM! fireworks show

When: Dusk

Cost: Free

The lawn of the state capitol is advertised as prime seating to watch the display.



What: Red, White and Tuna

When: 2 p.m.

Where: Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, 114 High St.

Cost: $32 per seat

This satirical performance showcases two men playing 24 characters at a high school reunion in Tuna, the third-smallest town in Texas. The show will run through July 11. More information and tickets can be found here.


What: “Impromptu Parade”

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Along Main Street

Cost: Free

All are welcome to participate, organization begins at the Old Schoolhouse at 12:45 p.m.





What: City of Ashland Annual July 4th Parade

When: 10 a.m.

Where: Southern Boone Primary School on South Henry Clay Boulevard

Cost: Free

All are invited to decorate a bicycle, tractor, car, truck or motorcycle and join in the parade. Lineup for the parade begins at 9 a.m.



What: Raising of the Avenue of Flags

When: 5 p.m.

Where: Centralia City Cemetery

Cost: Free

More than 300 flags will be on display during Independence Day weekend until Tuesday. Volunteers who are interested in helping raise the flags can meet at the VFW Memorial and Flag Display to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing the National Anthem. More information about volunteering and where to park can be found at





What: Fireworks Display

When: Gates open at 5 p.m.

Where: Callaway Raceway

Cost: $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 7 to 12

A fireworks display will follow regular racing classes. More information on classes can be found at


What: Fireworks display

When: Dusk (9 p.m.)

Where: Fulton Country Club

Cost: Although the country club is members-only; members of the public can view the show from nearby Morningside Park.


The Lodge of Four SeasonsTan-Tar-A Resort and Bear Bottom Resort are all hosting fireworks shows as part of special weekend packages.



What: Independence Day Celebration

When: 4 p.m.

Where: Les Bourgeois Winery

Cost: Free to attend, $10 to eat barbecue

The celebration is advertised as being family-friendly and will include live music, barbecue and fireworks.


What:  Fourth of July Weekend Getaway

Cost: $49 to $89 for the special package in addition to room cost

More: Those who are willing to splurge a little can choose to stay at a luxury bed and breakfast as a part of this getaway put on by the Rocheport B&B Association and includes a barbecue with innkeepers on Sunday evening. Participating inns include Yates House, School House and Amber House.

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