The Loop hosting block party Thursday night -

The Loop hosting block party Thursday night

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The Loop in University City (Credit: KMOV). The Loop in University City (Credit: KMOV).

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. ( – University City is celebrating the Fourth of July holiday weekend with a festive block party in The Loop.

Local businesses are calling the party the “Thirsty Thursday Block Party.” The purpose is to bring people back to The Loop.

Businesses have been strained during the construction of The Loop Trolley Project. Road closures have cut off access to a lot of business, making it inconvenient for drivers to access the area.

The most recent closure was the Kingsland/Delmar intersection, which reopened during the last week of June. That is why University City and The Loop Special Business District is putting on the event.

There will be live music, food, activities and it is all free.           

The event starts is from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.             

There will also be a dunk tank, featuring some familiar faces from Loop businesses. If you attend the event, you might have a chance to dunk University City’s Mayor, Shelly Welsch.      

Joe Edwards, owner of Blueberry Hill said, “It’s such an exciting project. It’s a way to let people know that The Loop is open for business and transit is back to normal. All the intersections are open again, and parking is here. Everything is here.”

Officials say track construction is 90 percent complete and should be finished by the end of summer. The track is set to open to the public in April 2017.

Once the trolley is up and running, foot traffic might increase. But business owners say they are eager to get people back to The Loop as soon as possible.   

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