From the spectacular to the reserved, Missourians prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence in their own independent ways. Tracey Berry with the Division of Tourism says Missouri celebrates the 4th in a variety of ways. One of the oldest, old-fashioned celebrations is in Hannibal: Tom Sawyer Days. St. Louis celebrates big with fireworks, a concert and a huge display of food, turning Eads Bridges into “Eats” Bridge. Kansas City and Springfield also have big fireworks displays. At the Lake of the Ozarks, a variety of displays will be shot over the water. Marshfield hosts a rodeo each year and Monet will hold their annual steam engine show. Berry says while thousands travel to celebrate the Fourth, many Missourians prefer to quietly celebrate the holiday with family and friends in their own backyards.
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