This week, residents around mid-Missouri will be celebrating the country's birthday in style. Here's a listing of some of the parades, fireworks shows and live music performances that will be taking place.
What: Fire in the Sky, 62nd annual Fourth of July celebration
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.
Where: Entertainment stages at Peace Park and Flat Branch Park, and children's activities at Flat Branch Park. Fireworks will be launched from the parking garage at Sixth and Cherry streets.
Details: Fireworks choreographed to music on KBXR/102.3 FM. Parking is available throughout The District and MU in any city or university-owned lots and parking garages unless marked as closed.
When: Thursday through Saturday
Where: The state Capitol and elsewhere in Jefferson City.
Cost: Admission is free, but concessions and activities may cost extra.
Details: Three days of food, live entertainment and other attractions. The Independence Day parade starts at 6 p.m. Thursday. The fireworks display begins at dusk (about 9:15 p.m.) Friday, and a patriotic accompaniment will be played on KBBM/100.1 FM. See a full schedule at the Salute to America website.
What: Annual July 4th Parade
When: 9 a.m. Friday. Lineup begins at 8 a.m.
Where: Lineup will be outside the Southern Boone Primary School, 809 S. Henry Clay Blvd., Ashland
Details: According to the Facebook page: "Decorate your bicycle, tractor, car, truck, or motorcycle and come join in the parade."
What: Impromptu Parade
When: 2 p.m. Friday
Where: Eighth and Main streets
In addition to community events, celebrations are also being offered at entertainment venues. They include:
What: The Stars & Bar Night I & II: Celebrating 238 Years of American Awesomeness
When: Thursday and Friday; Doors at 5 p.m., show at 6 p.m.
Where: Forrest Rose Park, Mojo's, 1013 Park Ave.
Cost: Free, $2 surcharge for minors. (Donations accepted at the door.)
Details: Thursday's performers include Decadent Nation, The Many Colored Death, Chemical Mass and Downphase. Friday's include The Kay Brothers, The Flood Brothers and Orchard Fire.
What: Fireworks on the Bluff
When: 5 p.m. Saturday. Fireworks start at sundown.
Where: Les Bourgeois Vineyards, 14020 W. Highway BB, Rocheport
Details: Barbecue and a fireworks show. Live music from Man In The Ring.