St. Louisans celebrate the 4th of July all across the region

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(KPLR) – McCluer North High School in Florissant was a good venue to watch the fireworks display at the James Eagan Civic Center Monday night.  It started promptly at 9:15 and continued until nearly 10 p.m.

Earlier in Chesterfield, inflatable’s took shape in the parking lot of Chesterfield Mall, which was the location of Chesterfield’s Fourth of July celebration.  Despite some clouds on the horizon, Kari Johnson was as optimistic as her job title in the parks department.  She is Superintendent of Recreation.

Johnson said, “We have a few clouds on the horizon.  We could get some sprinkles from what they’re saying, but I think we’re going to be okay.  I think we’re going to be able to shoot the fireworks off with no worries.”

Meanwhile in Webster Groves, blocks away from where the fireworks were set off at I-44 and Elm and hours in advance of the fireworks show, streets were packed with cars.  Closer to the venue, it’s not parking, but placement, that is at a premium.  The hillside at Elm and East Glendale was covered with blankets and plastic tarps, place-holders for people hoping to come back for the fireworks later.

In Kirkwood, the band warmed up early in the park at Adams and Geyer Monday evening.  Many people arrived early and staked-out their position on the athletic fields to get a good vantage point for that fireworks display.  While the weather was relatively cool for July 4 in St. Louis, the food trucks were hot; unless you were buying at Italian Ice made by Cindy Van Heest, of Sia’s Italian Ice.

Van Heest said, “We’ve been here all night, but we’ve been around since 2012.”

A reporter asked her how sales were this weekend.

“Sales are good, but we sure would like it to stop raining.”

By 11 p.m. back in Florissant, the parking lot at McCluer North High School was empty.  Everybody had gone home and gone to bed because it’s back to work Tuesday.

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