Kick off the 4th of July with a parade, then continue the celebration throughout the day with swimming, live music, inflatables and a fireworks show.
The Liberty Fest in Wentzville kicks off on July 4 with a parade at 10 a.m. After the parade, the celebration continues in Progress Park, where there will be free swimming at Progress Pool, inflatables, ultimate bungee, LED rock climbing wall, crafts, bouncers and bubble soccer beginning at 5 p.m., live music beginning at 6 p.m. and a fireworks show at 9:05 p.m. All activities are free.
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Explore the St. Louis Zoo after dark at Boo at the Zoo. Bring your little ghouls and goblins to this non-scary celebration designed just for kids. Though this is not a trick-or-treating experience, costumes are encouraged, and each child 12 and under will receive a treat bag when they leave.
Engage your young scientist in science-related learning at the Saint Louis Science Center's Preschool Science Series. Through interactive stories and hands-on exploration, children learn about science, as well as language, problem-solving and social skills.