Salute to America continues for second day

Expected to culminate in big fireworks display

Fireworks explode over the Missouri Capitol at the 2011 Salute to America. This year’s festival will be Tuesday and Wednesday, and will include an expanded area for activities in downtown Jefferson City.

Fireworks explode over the Missouri Capitol at the 2011 Salute to America. This year’s festival will be Tuesday and Wednesday, and will include an expanded area for activities in downtown Jefferson City. Photo by News Tribune.

Jefferson City’s “Salute to America” continues today with lots of activities and entertainment in the downtown area and around the Missouri Capitol.

Despite cancellations of fireworks displays in surrounding communities due to dry conditions, Jefferson City's the fireworks show expected to start in the 9 p.m. hour is scheduled to go on, with the fire department taking extra precautions.

A reminder, however: Fireworks are prohibited inside the city limits of Jefferson City and a burn ban is currently in place. The prohibition will be enforced so that spectators to the fireworks display won't be allowed to shoot private fireworks in the open areas north of the river where they typically congregate.

The event resumes today with the music at 2 p.m. on the beer garden stage, with “Cut Loose,” followed at 3:45 p.m. by “Driving Wheel,” which plays “a blues-based mixture of jamband and rock ... sometimes bluesy, sometimes hard rock ’n’ roll and other times even psychedelic.”

At 4:30 p.m., Lincoln University’s band director, Rhonda Harper, sings and plays the trumpet on the madison stage, with help from a “company” of bass guitar, drums and a piano.

Meanwhile, Columbia-based “Billy McDow & the Bootleggers” will play “rockin’ country” at 5:30 p.m. on the beer garden stage.

At 6:15 p.m., “KC Reign,” a team of hip hop dancers/rap artists performs on the Madison Street stage, followed at 6:45 p.m. by “The Mojo Roots,” which performs “harp-driven, soul-soaked blues.”

At 8 p.m., the Capitol main stage features David Stone and his “Johnny Cash Experience,” while the Branson-based “Smooth Down Under Band” plays “their blend of rocking roadhouse blues” on the beer garden stage.

And the annual “Salute to America Sky Concert” of fireworks (with accompanying music for those listening to country station Jeff FM 104.1) begins around 9:30 p.m., from the Missouri River just north of the Capitol.

Additional resources:

Map of Salute to America events

Salute to America official website

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