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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Fair Saint Louis kicked off at the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis Thursday, and an expected 200,000 to 300,000 people are expected over the three-day celebration. 

Below is everything you need to know to make attending the 4th of July as easy as possible. 

How to get there:

Fair Saint Louis recommends using MetroLink if possible, as several area streets are closed in preparation for the fair. 

Riders taking Uber or Lyft are encouraged to use Busch Stadium as a pickup/drop off spot. 

Bike parking will be in Kiener Plaza.

Here are the roads that will be closed: 

  • The northbound lanes of Memorial Drive from Walnut to Poplar 
  • Walnut Street exit off Interstate 44 and the Poplar Street Bridge
  • Walnut Street from Memorial Drive to 4th Street

MoDOT plans to reopen the planned closures of Walnut Street at 5 a.m. on July 9.

  • Market Street from Broadway to Memorial
  • Market Street from Memorial Drive to 4th Street
  • Northbound Memorial Drive from Walnut to Market
  • Fourth Street from Walnut to Chestnut

All lanes will reopen on July 8 at 6 a.m.

  • Washington Ave from 1st Street to 2nd Street

All lanes of Washington Ave will reopen at 10 p.m. on July 6. 

  • 4th Street will be shut down from Walnut past the Old Courthouse

On mobile? Click here for map of the fair

What you can bring:

Because Lenore K. Sullivan is still under flood water, the vendors will be located up by the Old Courthouse. 

This makes the entrances a little different this year. 

There are four ways into the fairgrounds. The first is at Broadway and Market by the Old Courthouse.

There is another on 4th Street near Walnut and a third entrance is right by the Hyatt at the Arch. The last entrance is toward Laclede's Landing on the north end of the Arch grounds. 

The following items ARE allowed:

(All items are subject to inspection upon entry)

Blankets

Umbrellas (small hand-held style)

Baby Strollers & Wagons

Baby Diaper Bags

Electric wheelchairs (ADA Viewing area is accessible for electric wheelchairs)

Portable/collapsible chair

Regular-size Bags

One factory sealed water bottle up to 1 liter

Empty plastic water bottle

Binoculars

Pocket size/still camera equipment

Service animals

The following items ARE NOT allowed:

Alcoholic Beverages

Outside Food

Glass or Metal Containers of any Kind

Unsealed Containers over 1 Liter

Coolers of any Kind

Large Containers

Knives

Explosives

Illegal Substances of any Kind

Drones

Pets

Bicycles, Skateboards, Scooters and Personalized Motor Vehicles (please note this does not include electric wheelchairs they are allowed)

Fireworks

Pop up tents

Professional Recording and/or Photography Equipment

(FSL defines professional lens cameras as a digital slr with a detachable lens)

Selfie Sticks

Signs and/or Banners

What's happening when:

Thursday, July 4

  • 9:30 a.m.: 137th America’s Birthday Parade (VP Parade) begins at 20th and Market Street in downtown St. Louis
  • Noon: Fair Saint Louis opens at Gateway Arch National Park
  • 12:30 p.m.: Boeing Air Show
  • 5:00 p.m.: Boeing Air Show
  • 6:30 p.m.: Performance by RANDY HOUSER
  • 8:15 p.m.: Performance by BRETT YOUNG
  • 9:35 p.m.: Fireworks presented by Edward Jones with music from The Lion King

Friday, July 5

  • 4:00 p.m.: Fair Saint Louis opens at Gateway Arch National Park
  • 5:00 p.m.: Boeing Air Show
  • 6:30 p.m.: Performance by JOHNNY GILL
  • 8:15 p.m.: Performance by KEITH SWEAT
  • 9:35 p.m. Fireworks presented by Edward Jones

Saturday, July 6

  • Noon: Fair Saint Louis opens at Gateway Arch National Park
  • 12:30 p.m.: Boeing Air Show
  • 4:30 p.m.: Salute to the Troops presented by Express Scripts and Express Scripts Foundation
  • 5:00 p.m.: Boeing Air Show
  • 6:30 p.m.: Performance by VERTICAL HORIZON
  • 8:15 p.m.: Performance by THE FLAMING LIPS
  • 9:35 p.m.: Fireworks presented by Edward Jones

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