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Take a look at the Fair St. Louis schedule as it returns to the Gateway Arch

James Boldt is the general chairman of Fair St. Louis 2018.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio
James Boldt is the general chairman of Fair St. Louis 2018.

Fair St. Louis is bringing fireworks and free music back to the Gateway Arch next week. After being held at Forest Park for four years due to construction, the $380 million renovations on the Arch and the surrounding park are complete just in time for this year’s Fourth of July festivities.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh spoke with James Boldt, general chairman of Fair St. Louis 2018, about the celebration and its downtown return.

“We’re back where we started. We started this back in 1981,” Boldt said. “We’re happy to celebrate this renewed, beautiful, iconic park that we have.”

Fair organizers are expecting as many as 300,000 visitors over the course of the fair from July 4-7.

Boldt said that fairgoers should come prepared to deal with hot weather but noted that it should be easier to get around since the St. Louis Cardinals aren’t in town.

Here’s the current schedule:

Wednesday, July 4

  • 9:30 a.m.: 136th America’s Birthday Parade (VP Parade) begins at Union Station in downtown St. Louis
  • Noon: Fair St. Louis opens
  • 12:30 p.m.: Boeing Air Show
  • 5:30 p.m.: Performance by Amelia Eisenhauer
  • 6:45 p.m.: Boeing Air Show
  • 8:30 p.m.: Performance by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • 9:35 p.m.: Fireworks

Friday, July 6

  • 4 p.m.: Fair St. Louis opens
  • 4:45 p.m.: Performance by Dirty Mugs
  • 6:30 p.m.: Performance by Andy Grammer
  • 8:15 p.m.: Performance by Jason Derulo
  • 9:35 p.m.: Fireworks

Saturday, July 7

  • Noon: Fair St. Louis opens
  • 1:15 p.m.: Performance by Fire for Effect of the Missouri Air National Guard
  • 2:45 p.m.: Performance by Danielle Bradbery
  • 4:15 p.m.: Performance by Raelynn
  • 5:30 p.m.: Salute to the Troops ceremony
  • 6:15 p.m.: Performance by Michael Ray
  • 8:00 p.m.: Performance by Martina McBride
  • 9:30 p.m.: Fireworks

To view the fair’s most updated schedule, view its websiteFacebookTwitter or Instagram pages.

St. Louis on the Air brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh and producers Mary EdwardsAlex HeuerEvie HemphillLara Hamdan and Caitlin Lally give you the information you need to make informed decisions and stay in touch with our diverse and vibrant St. Louis region.

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Caitlin Lally is thrilled to join St. Louis Public Radio as the summer production intern for "St. Louis on the Air." With a bachelor's degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Caitlin also freelances for area publications like Sauce Magazine and the Belleville News-Democrat. In her career, she's covered topics such as Trump's travel ban, political protests and community activism. When she's not producing audio segments or transcribing interviews, Caitlin enjoys practicing yoga, seeing live music, and cooking plant-based meals.

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