Webster Groves Fourth of July fireworks and parade are postponed this year


Photo by Erin Achenbach

Rain didn’t stop South County from enjoying the 20th year of the JB Blast at Jefferson Barracks Park Wednesday, July 3, 2019, featuring live music, an appearance from County Executive Sam Page and a fireworks show. This year, County Council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas was in charge of the festivities, after the resignation of former County Executive Steve Stenger. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

The Webster Groves Fourth of July fireworks have been postponed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Webster Groves Community Days parade and Fourth of July fireworks have been a tradition for generations, with residents staking claim to good parade viewing spots days before the morning parade.

But the Webster Groves City Council decided at its April 21 meeting that it would postpone this year’s carnival and fireworks due to the coronavirus.

A second day of fireworks was canceled last year after a mishap during the first night caused a shell to misfire and injure 11 bystanders.

Like you, we are disappointed that our community will be unable to celebrate Independence Day as we have for generations, but we are excited about the potential for this year’s alternate festivities and to celebrate with all of Webster Groves when the time is right,” the city said on its website.

Instead, the city is holding a House Decorating Contest for Independence Day. Applications were due June 30 and will be part of an interactive map that residents can use to see the displays.

The city is also seeking donations for future fireworks. The fireworks are supported through donations from area businesses and residents.