The Fourth of July falls on a Thursday this year, which means the middle of the week will be a time of celebration. As always, there will be multiple events for Independence Day going on around the area.

Fireworks at the park Thursday, July 4, means families and friends coming together to watch the annual grand fireworks show hosted by the city of St. Joseph and presented by Premier Pyrotechnics Inc. at dusk.

The display will include an array of shells, from parachutes, spirals and hearts to bowties and stars.

“The City Council agreed to increase the budget for the fireworks this year, so there will be more fireworks than we’ve had in years past, which is kind of exciting,” Julie Noel with the St. Joseph Parks, Recreation and Civic Facilities, said.

The fireworks will be launched from Wyeth Hill, and those who want the best view should set up in the Remington Nature Center parking lot. Port-a-Potties will be available to the public. Heritage Park’s parking lot, which was traditionally used for parking for the event, will be closed because of recent flooding.

Due to the limited space, officials encourage people to make sure they’re leaving enough spots for everyone.

“We ask folks that if they’re going to set up lawn chairs and stuff, that they’re not taking additional parking spaces with those and that they’re cognizant of the fact that there’s going to be cars driving around until you it gets started, and sometimes even after it gets started,” Noel said.

Because of some roads leading to the nature center being closed due to flooding, people should expect delays and detours. After the show ends, the St. Joseph Police Department will be directing traffic, with one-way roads on Highland Avenue leading to Interstate 29 or straight through. McArthur Drive leading to Downtown St. Joseph will be closed.

“They need to kind of plan ahead where they park so that they can get out on the right direction,” Noel said.

People are asked to pick up their trash after the fireworks.

Baseball and fireworks The St. Joseph Mustangs will once again host fireworks on July 4.

With the first pitch at 7 p.m., the Mustangs and Mosaic Life Care will present a fireworks spectacular after the game at Phil Welch Stadium, 2500 Southwest Parkway.

“Baseball, hot dogs, fireworks, America’s game — it just seems like the epitome of America. We’re together and it’s just fun to see a lot of families make it an annual tradition,” general manager Ky Turner said in a previous interview.

Highlights of the evening will include the Little Mr. Mustangs and Miss Mustangs competition. A military jersey auction will be held, and all veterans and active military will receive two free deck tickets (while supplies last). The evening will close with the fireworks display.

July 4 Celebration

in Cameron, Missouri Cameron’s citywide celebration is an all-day affair on Thursday, July 4, that includes a Rotary Club breakfast at 7 a.m., a baby show, a prince and princess contest, a veteran tribute, an Independence Day parade, a free swim at the Cameron Municipal Pool, a concert by the Cameron City Band and a fireworks display to close at 10 p.m.

Fireworks in Union Star, Missouri

The city of Union Star will be setting off its fireworks as the finale of an all-day event that starts at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at Ray Schnitker Community Park, 255 Walnut St. Activities include a water slide, vendors and food.

— ANDREW GAUG | ST. JOE LIVE

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