PowerPlex will host drive-in fireworks for Fourth of July

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Fourth of July fireworks will be added to the lineup of graduations and concerts taking place at the 500-car Drive-In St. Louis venue at the PowerPlex site at the former St. Louis Mills mall.

With annual traditions like the JB Blast and Fair St. Louis postponed or canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Drive-In St. Louis, in partnership with Schnucks Markets, is promising an Independence Day weekend lineup of events, including live concerts, movies and the largest fireworks display in the St. Louis region. The organization is also hosting a series of drive-in U.S. naturalization ceremonies for the country’s newest citizens over the coming days. 

The festivities kicked off Wednesday night with a socially distanced flash mob dance, but the concerts and fireworks will happen starting today, Thursday, July 2, and continue through Sunday, July 5. Ticket information for all Schnucks Freedom Fest concert and movie events can be found at www.driveinstl.com. The PowerPlex venue is located at 5555 St. Louis Mills Blvd., Hazelwood, Missouri, 63042. Last week, it was the site of Lindbergh High School’s graduation ceremony

Drive-in fireworks are also being held at the Gateway Grizzlies’ stadium in Sauget, Illinois, GCS Credit Union Ballpark.

Even with the cancellation of other major Fourth of July events in St. Louis County and city, residents can still enjoy the Independence Day holiday with approved social distancing, live music and fireworks at the Drive-In St. Louis celebration at the PowerPlex, organizers said. Each day of this holiday event will raise funds and awareness for Folds of Honor, which provides support for the families of fallen U.S. military.

The Schnucks Freedom Fest supporting Folds of Honor, July 2-5, includes:

Thursday, July 2: A concert with Steve Ewing of the popular alt-rock group The Urge will kick off the holiday weekend. The band Hounds will take the main stage at 6:45 p.m. followed by the Steve Ewing Band and the classic movie, “The Blues Brothers.” 

Friday, July 3: The popular southern rock tribute band Freebird USA is the headliner. The duo act of Rich Mahogany performs first with the movie “Apollo 13” on the big screens after the concert.

Saturday, July 4: It’s a country music blowout with the Flatliner Band taking the stage at 7 p.m. followed by one of the most popular country acts in the Midwest, Brushville, at 8:45 p.m. A spectacular musically choreographed fireworks display from Gateway Fireworks ends the night. Private Party Pad options are available beginning at $200 per group of eight. A fireworks-only admission option is offered for $5 per person or a maximum of $20 per car.

Sunday, July 5: Beginning at 11 am., the Burger Bash Car Show presented by Fast Lane Classic Cars will bring more than 350 antique show cars for a display and competition. Attendees will determine the Best in Show. Three bands will play on the main stage from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The event includes the biggest “Cheeseburger Challenge” in St. Louis for 2020. Top food trucks and restaurants will fire up their grills for the competition and attendees will judge the best. The venue’s Jumbotron screens will feature the show’s classic cars and live interviews with their owners. 

Thursday, July 9: The popular Grateful Dead tribute band The Schwag performs on stage followed by the movie “The Big Lebowski.” 

TICKETS

General Admission parking passes each night are $40 per car in advance ($50 per car on July 4) and $50 at the gate with a six person per-car limit ($70 at the gate on July 4).

Guests can reserve spots in the front three rows around the main stage and screens for $60 per car in advance and $70 at the gate.

Exclusive “VIP Turfed Party Pods” for eight people are available (15’ x 20’ fenced party area, plenty of room for social distancing) with Valet VIP parking, barbecue and snacks included and with private restrooms for $320.

Also, $200 private party pads are available with no food and drink included, but concessions are available for purchase.

All tickets can be purchased in advance at www.driveinstl.com. For more information call 314-528-2020 or info@powerplexstl.com.