St. Louisans are conditioned to expect fireworks over a riverfront view, thanks to years of a certain Independence Day celebration. But with Fair Saint Louis in Forest Park this year, where are you gonna get your fix? Fear not -- there's more than one river in the metro area. St. Charles' Riverfest
takes place in Frontier Park (First Capitol and South Riverside drives, St. Charles; www.historicstcharles.com
) on the banks of the Missouri River, and it features three days of carnival rides, food and beverage booths, a beer garden, and a special children's area with plenty of family-friendly things to do and see. There are also two fireworks displays, so rest assured, all your needs will be met. Riverfest is open from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday and noon to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (July 2 through 4). The fireworks go off at 9:20 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. There are no fireworks on Thursday, but the Bottle Rockets play from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., so you'll still get a thrill. Admission to Riverfest is free.
Thu., July 2, 5-10:30 p.m.; July 3-4, 12-10:30 p.m., 2015