UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS at WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY in ST. LOUIS

Summer in STL Adventures: Fourth of July

After a sunny afternoon cooking out burgers, a few friends and I (decked out in red, white, and blue) decided to head down to the Arch for Fair St. Louis. Fair St. Louis happens every Fourth of July, and is “2 1/2 days of headlining musical acts, air shows, free family fun and amazing fireworks celebrating our nation’s independence.” One of the best parts about the entire experience is that it was free! Using our U-Pass, we rode the Metro down to the Arch and then entry to the fair was free.

The headliners for the evening were Randy Houser and Brett Young. Now, although I love country music, I know it can sometimes be a polarizing genre of music. But the best part about live music in a setting like this is you don’t have to be singing along to every word. You bring a picnic blanket, hang out on the grassy hill underneath the Arch and chat with friends, listening to some great music.

9:30 was when the big spectacle of the evening began – the fireworks! Set to music, the fireworks went off right above the stage, perfectly framed by the Gateway Arch. Although we’ve all seen fireworks many times, my friends and I agreed that this was definitely one of the top fireworks shows we had seen, and much of the great experience can be attributed to it just being a great environment. There were so many families and kids around, great music, and just a general sense of happiness amongst everyone that made for a great evening. To top the festivities off, no evening in St. Louis would be complete without the playing of “Gloria” and some blue and gold fireworks to celebrate the Blues victory this year, followed by “Proud to be an American” and a red, white, and blue display to close down the evening.

Overall, the fireworks, music, and friends down at the Arch made for a great end to the Fourth of July. If you are ever in St. Louis on the Fourth of July, don’t miss out on the fireworks at the Arch and Fair St. Louis!