Fireworks to conclude full day of Salute to America events

In this 2011 file photo, fireworks burst above a flag atop Central Bank during Jefferson City's Salute to America.

In this 2011 file photo, fireworks burst above a flag atop Central Bank during Jefferson City's Salute to America. Photo by News Tribune.

The Capital City’s annual Fourth of July celebration continues today and culminates with a concert and fireworks tonight.

The 10th Annual Salute to America features a number of stages with performers in downtown Jefferson City, plus vendors along High Street with bistro and restaurant seating up and down the street.

Carnival Land rides will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today. Tickets are 75 cents each. Each ride requires four or five tickets, with packages of tickets available. The carnival is located on Monroe Street from East Capital Avenue to Commercial Way (the alley), and on East Capital Avenue from Madison Street to Adams Street.

Today's events begin at 11 a.m. with family activities throughout downtown, including entertainment stages, carnival rides, St. Mary’s Kids Zone, Carroll Rehma Motor’s Classic Car Cruise Route 66, Eastside/Westside Business Associations Avenue of the Americas, and Coca-Cola Taste of Missouri Food Court.

The Goose Island Beer Garden (in the 100 block of East Wall Way, on the city parking lot south of the High Street businesses) is open with entertainment on the Riley Toyota-Scion Stage.

The new Heritage Stage in the Carnahan Memorial Garden, managed by the Vine Concert Series, will host folk, gospel, story tellers, Native American dancers and more.

The Cole County Historical Society, former State Penitentiary and Capitol also will be open for tours.

Missouri American Water is also sponsoring the World Bird Sanctuary, for a live eagle show at 3, 5 and 7 p.m.

The 300 block of East High Street will be closed for an extreme sports area, sponsored by Machens Capital City Ford-Lincoln. United FMX will be performing freestyle motocross stunts at 2 and 4 p.m. The area also will feature a new stage, sports demonstrations, roller derby, skateboard tricksters and much more.

The celebration concludes on the Capitol Main Stage and south Capitol lawn with Diamond Rio — a Grammy Award winning, six-time Vocal Group of the Year — performing at 7:30 p.m.

The festival’s highlight comes at dusk, with Sky Concert 2013 by J&M Displays.

Web link:

www.salutetoamerica.org

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