Independence Day

Fair St. Louis

When: July 2-4 2016

The 2016 Fair St. Louis is once again in spacious Forest Park, Saturday through Monday (July 2 to 4; www.fairsaintlouis.org). The only exception is the VP Parade, which takes place downtown at Seventh and Market streets at 10 a.m. Saturday. Guests are not allowed to bring food or drinks into the fair zone, but there will be numerous vendors inside and beer sales, as well as a new market-style bazaar called the Fairway. Entertainment options include the high-energy dogs of the Purina Pro Plan Performance team and demonstrations by the Lake St. Louis Water Ski Club in the Grand Basin. Live music includes Show-Me Country (the 135th Army country band), Fire for Effect (the 135th Army pop/rock band), Lee Brice (8:45 p.m. Saturday), Eddie Money and Sammy Hagar (6:25 and 8:35 Saturday respectively), and George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic (6:25 Saturday). All three nights end with the biggest fireworks display on this side of the state. Admission is free.

Paul Friswold

Price: free admission