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With some adjustments due to the coronavirus pandemic, Jefferson City's Salute to America festival is returning to celebrate Independence Day.
On July 3-4, downtown Jefferson City will be taken over by the festival, which will include live music, food, games, rides and fireworks.
The event will run 4-10 p.m. Friday and 4-10:15 p.m. Saturday. Carnival rides will operate noon-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. July 5.
Three live music stages will be set up Friday: Capital Main stage near High and Broadway streets, Madison stage at High and Madison streets, and the Beer Garden stage at Jefferson and East Wall streets.
Two more stages — the Heritage stage near Madison and East State streets and the Performing Arts stage at Madison Street and East Commercial Way — will also feature live performances throughout the day Saturday.
The Performing Arts stage is a new feature of Salute to America this year to bring more live performances to the event. It will feature the MidMo Conservatory of Dance, Gracie Barra Jefferson City Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Self Defense, K-9s on the Frontline, the Royal Tigerettes dance troupe, the Capital City Players, and Jefferson City Judo & Jujitsu.
The Red, White and Bloom parade will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, with an extended route this year. The parade will kick off near East Miller and Adams streets, go down to High Street and turn left, turn left again at Jefferson Street, and make its way back down East Miller Street.
The extended parade route and spaced-out vendor booths on the streets will allow for more social-distancing space, Committee Chair David Thompson said.
Some events that have typically been included in Salute to America — like the Route 66 Car Show, the Little Mr. and Miss Independence Day Contest, the Building Blocks of America, and the Splash 'N Play Zone — will not take place this year because they were not able to adjust for social distancing or sanitation, Thompson said.
Extra sanitation and washing stations will be set up throughout the festival, and social-distancing markers will be set up in lines for carnival rides and food vendors.
During the festival, the following streets will be closed:
- High Street from Adams Street to Broadway Street.
- Capitol Avenue from Main Street to Adams Street.
- Madison Street from Wall Way to State Street.
- Monroe Street from Wall Way to State Street.
- Washington from Wall Way to West High Street.
- The circle drive around the Missouri state Capitol.
Free parking will be available in the State East and West parking garages and all state and city lots in the area, as well as off-street parking on Capitol Avenue and East McCarty, East Miller, Madison and Monroe streets.