Residents and visitors ask some common questions every year during Jefferson City's Salute to America Festival. Here are answers to some of those questions.
Which streets will be closed July 3-4?
Where can I park during the festival?
For drivers entering downtown Jefferson City from the east, the State Street Parking Garage will be open. Access it from State Street.
From the west, the West State Parking Garage on West Main Street located on the left just before you get to the Capitol should have some spots open. Depending on Missouri River levels, there will be parking spaces at state lots in the Millbottom area as well as off-street parking on East McCarty Street, Capitol Avenue (east of Adams Street), East Miller Street, and Madison and Monroe streets from the Whitton Expressway to Wall Way.
When is the parade, and what route will it take?
The Salute to America parade is scheduled at 6 p.m. July 3. Starting at Monroe and Miller streets, the parade heads up Monroe Street to High Street, then from High Street to Jefferson Street and from Jefferson Street back to Miller Street.
Where will alcohol be served?
Adult beverages will be served in the beer garden near the intersection of Jefferson and High streets July 3-4. Downtown bars and restaurants will also be serving alcohol in their establishments. No alcohol is permitted on state property.
Where can I watch the July 4 fireworks display?
Anywhere in the festival area is considered acceptable. The display is set off at the Capital City Sand Plant across the river, and residents and visitors must be clear of that area.
Road and street closures in North Jefferson City are still possible July 4 depending on Missouri River levels, so local authorities are advising people to avoid this area and find other places to watch the fireworks.
Can I watch the fireworks from my boat?
The Missouri Highway Patrol and U.S. Coast Guard have ordered that there be no boating activity from 8:30-10 p.m. July 4 at mile marker 143 to approximately one-half mile east at mile marker 143.5. A boat going into this area during the prohibited time could cause a delay in the fireworks display going off on time.