Missouri’s Capital City is getting ready to ring in the red, white, and blue with the 2024 Salute to America. Streets in Jefferson City near the Missouri State Capitol will be closed off as thousands converge to celebrate America’s independence from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Taylor Wolz, the Event Coordinator, said that the opening ceremony begins at 5 p.m.

“Our opening ceremony will have some time set aside to kind of honor a couple of our two World War II veterans as well as some other veterans,” she said.

Activities lining up this year’s event include a car cruise, parade, community bike ride, and a birds of prey exhibit.

“Its action packed. A lot of times there’s just large, large crowds,” Wolz said. “It’s 40,000+ people that we have every year. We have people and families that come year-after-year from out of state from Tennessee, from Michigan, Wisconsin, Colorado.”

The night’s festivities end with a bang as the Fourth of July fireworks launch over the Missouri River at 9:45 p.m.

“Make sure that you bring a lawn chair or a picnic blanket, something like that that you want to sit on on the Capitol lawn so that you can enjoy everything we have going on on the main stage,” Wolz said. “There’s going to be a lot of really good acts, stuff that you’ll want to sit around and enjoy some snacks and watch.”

Start your engines as a Salute to America car cruise is set for the north side of the Capitol from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

“We recommend that everybody, you know, definitely bring your sunscreen,” she added. “Bring a refillable water bottle.”

A water refill station will be located in the Kidz Zone at the festival.

What about parking?

“We have a number of parking garages that are going to be open that people can get to,” Wolz said. “Jeff City does have a lot of hills so just be prepared to walk. Wear some good comfy walking shoes, definitely, when it comes to getting to the festival footprint from parking. Other than that, sunblock, and water, that’s the best thing we can say.”

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