Fair St. Louis: 3 straight days of family fun

July 1, 2013 

Fourth of July falls on Thursday this year, so organizers of Fair St. Louis have scheduled three straight days of family fun instead of dividing it up as in the past.

Festivities will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Thursday with the 136th annual Veiled Prophet Parade in downtown St. Louis.

The fair begins at noon Thursday through Saturday under the Gateway Arch and continues until after fireworks, which are set to explode at dusk over the Mississippi River.

Live music will hit the riverfront stage at 2 p.m. and run through the afternoon all three days. Headliners are Trace Adkins on Thursday, Bret Michaels on Friday and the Counting Crows on Saturday.

Other activities include five air shows, a 4-mile race and 1-mile fun run and games, music and other performances in the Kids Zone and on the Culture Stage.

Fair admission is free. Outside food and drink is prohibited, except for one bottle of an non-alcoholic beverage per person. Blankets or lawn chairs are welcome.

THURSDAY

7 a.m. -- Schnucks Freedom 4 Miler race

8:30 a.m. -- Family Fun Run

9:30 a.m. -- 136th Annual Veiled Prophet Parade themed "It's About Time"

Noon -- Air Show; Kids Zone and Cultural Stage activities begin

2 p.m. -- Music by Borderline

3:15 p.m. -- Music by Queens Boulevard

4 p.m. -- Air Show

6:30 p.m. -- Music by John Henry

8 p.m. -- Music by Trace Adkins

Dusk -- Fireworks

FRIDAY

Noon -- Air Show; Kids Zone and Cultural Stage activities begin

2 p.m. -- Music by Steven Woolley

3:15 p.m. -- Music by Clockwork

4 p.m. -- Air Show

6:30 p.m. -- Music by the Righteous Hillbillies

7 p.m. -- Salute to the Troops

8 p.m. -- Music by Bret Michaels

Dusk -- Fireworks

SATURDAY

Noon -- Kids Zone and Cultural Stage activities begin; local music

12:15 p.m. -- Music by Unifyah

1:45 p.m. -- Music by Scarlet Tanager

3:15 p.m. -- Music by Jungle Fire

5 p.m. -- Air Show

6:45 p.m. -- Music by Magnolia Summer

8 p.m. -- Music by the Counting Crows

Dusk -- Fireworks

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