Fair Saint Louis 2019 Recap

The weather was hot, the beer was ice cold and the setting was perfect: The shining symbol of St. Louis – the Gateway Arch – was front and center at Fair Saint Louis 2019, which returned to Gateway Arch National Park for three days of Independence Day celebrations. Hundreds of thousands of people attended and created lasting memories at one of the biggest Fourth of July parties in the country.

Festivities kicked off the morning of July 4th as America’s Birthday Parade marched east through downtown St. Louis toward the Arch. Following the parade, Fair Saint Louis officially opened its gates at noon. At the north end of the Arch grounds, the Purina Festival Zone was a popular spot – kids lined up to try out the Super Ninja Warrior Course, test their rock climbing skills and of course, see the “pup-tacular” talents of the Purina Pro Plan Performance Team. On the south side of the grounds, taste buds were satisfied with an elevated menu of food offerings. Fairgoers noshed on empanadas and arepas from El Fagan, noodle bowls from Wok Hei Noodle House, loaded tater tots from The Post. 100% real fruit ice pops from Mempops and much more.

Throughout the three days of the Fair, all eyes were on the skies for the Boeing Air Shows. The five action-packed shows featured demonstration flights by the extraordinary tiltrotor Boeing V-22 Osprey, the fearsome Northrop Grumman A-10 Thunderbolt II, and the mighty Lockheed C-130 Hercules, as well as aerial performances by the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team and the United States Army Golden Knights. Patriotism was proudly displayed during the annual Salute to the Troops event. presented by Express Scripts and Express Scripts Foundation, on July 7th. Fairgoers came together to honor local military service members and their families.

At night. music ruled the Fair. Brett Young, Randy Houser, Keith Sweat. Johnny Gill, The Flaming Lips, Vertical Horizon, Rubi, and Fire for Effect of the Missouri Army National Guard each put on spectacular shows with sweet serenades and dance-inducing, get-on-your-feet jams. The Edward Jones Fireworks closed out each night of the Fair, with a multitude of colors dazzling over the Gateway Arch and reflecting in the river below.

Expectations are high for the 40th Fair Saint Louis next year – we can’t wait to be back under the Arch