Don't Let Drunk Driving Ruin Your Celebration
Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food, and fun, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fact is that this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes. Here are a few reminders to stay safe:
- Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver or select an alternative form of transportation.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, don't hesitate to contact the police.
- If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to safely get to where they are going.
- Drive in the right lane. Often times drunk drivers drift out of their lane or into oncoming traffic. The further you are to the right of the road, the better your chances of avoiding being side swiped or hit head-on by a drunk driver.
Planning ahead and making smart choices are essential when it comes to your safety. So consider this a friendly reminder to know when to say when, have a great Fourth, and stay safe.
July 2, 3 & 4 – 35th Annual Fair Saint Louis, Art Hill in Forest Park,
Every Friday, May –September – Lunchtime Live, Old Post Office Plaza, 801 Locust,
Lunchtime Live is Downtown's premier outdoor lunchtime party that features live bands, food trucks and great networking opportunities. Invite your co-workers to join you at this fun way to spend your lunch hour. For more information, visit the downtownstl.org web site.
Every Friday – STLive
Washington Avenue is alive with the sound of music every Friday night all year 'round at various Washington Avenue restaurants such as Tigin, Pi, Robust, Takaya, Dubliner, Copia, Flamingo Bowl, Hair of the Dog, Blondie's, Lucas Park Grille, Rosalita's, Wash Ave Post, Hiro Asian Kitchen, Sen Thai and many more. Restaurants offer drink and dinner specials in addition to the live music.All genres of music – from pop to jazz to country to rock -- are represented. There is something for everyone to enjoy. For more information, visit the STLiveMusic page on Facebook.
July 4 – 138th Annual Veiled Prophet Parade, in Forest Park,
The Annual Veiled Prophet Parade is one of St. Louis' most enduring family traditions. The parade will feature giant helium balloons, elaborate custom-built floats, a spirited competition among marching bands and more than 100 units. Invite your family and friends to join you for a fun day in Forest Park. For more information, visit the veiledprophet.org website.
July 4 – Free Concert, Lafayette Park (SE Corner),
Celebrate Independence Day at a free concert in Lafayette Park this Saturday. The Ralph Butler Band is scheduled to perform. Bring your family, friends, lawn chairs and snacks and enjoy a relaxing evening in a beautiful park. For more information, visit the LafayetteSquare.org web site.
Every Sunday through August 2 -- Sunday Serenades, Francis Park, Eichelberger and Donovan,
The Compton Heights Concert Band is once again presenting its Sunday Serenades Concert Series in Francis Park. On July 5, Bluegrass will meet the Band. Guest Soloists will include Carl & Mason T. Capps, Guitar and Mandolin Extraordinaire. Join your neighbors for a lively night of entertainment in a beautiful park. To learn more, visit the chband.org web site.
July 5 – Free Concert, Carondelet Park,
The Carondelet Community Betterment Federation is presenting its 27th Annual Concerts in the Park Series now through Aug. 23rd. Each concert is free to the public. Bring your blanket and friends and join the fun at the performance by the United States Air Force Band this Sunday in Carondelet Park. For details about the concerts at Carondelet Park and others that will be held in South St. Louis Square Park, Fanetti Park and Bellerive Park throughout the summer, visit www.carondeletliving.com.
Every Monday through August 3 – Musical Mondays, Tower Grove Park, Magnolia & S. Grand,
The Compton Heights Concert Band is once again presenting its Musical Mondays Concert Series in Tower Grove Park. On July 6, Bluegrass will meet the Band. Guest Soloists will include Carl & Mason T. Capps, Guitar and Mandolin Extraordinaire. Join your neighbors for a lively night of entertainment in a beautiful park. To learn more, visit the chband.org web site.
July 6 – Free Concert, Bellerive Park, 5570 South Broadway,
Bring your chairs, blankets and friends to Bellerive Park on Monday, July 6 for a free concert by Gateway Ramblers. The Carondelet Summer Concerts in the Park Series is a longstanding annual celebration of diverse music, hosting local musicians at various parks in the Carondelet neighborhood each week. For more information, visit the carondeletliving.com web site.
July 7 – Free Concert,
Bring your chairs, blankets and friends to Fanetti Park on Tuesday, July 7 for a free concert by Aching Hearts. The Carondelet Summer Concerts in the Park Series is a longstanding annual celebration of diverse music, hosting local musicians at various parks in the Carondelet neighborhood each week. For more information, visit the carondeletliving.com web site.
Every Wednesday – Wednesday Lunch Free Concert Series, Citygarden, 10th & Market,
The Wednesday Lunch bands at Citygarden have returned and perform every Wednesday through Aug. 26. Stop by the garden next Wednesday and catch the free concert by Root Diggers. Visit the citygardenstl.org web site for more details.
Every Thursday – Whitaker Urban Evening Series, St. Louis Place Park, Rauschenbach & St. Louis Avenue, 7 to 9 p.m.
The Whitaker Urban Evening Concert Series will take place every Thursday night now through July 16 in historic St. Louis Place Park. The evening will feature live music by established artists, children's activities, and food trucks. Invite your family and friends to join you for an unforgettable evening in the park. For more information, visit the gracehillsettlement.org web site.
Now through August 23
– Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined, Missouri Botanical Garden,
This year's Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined has brought all-new lighted works of art to the Missouri Botanical Garden for the summer. The all-new sets crafted from silk and steel are once again offering visitors from around the world the opportunity to experience an event rarely staged outside of Asia. For ticket information, visit the missouribotanicalgarden.org web site or call (314) 678-7442.
Save the Date
July 10 –
July 10 – St. Louis Art Museum Outdoor Film Services, Art Hill in Forest Park,
July 10 – Food Truck Friday, Tower Grove Park,
July 10 – Local Social, Central West End,
July 11 & 12 – Slide the City, Jefferson & Market,
July 11 – Bud & Burgers Championship Festival, Anheuser-
July 12 – Free Concert, Benton Park, Arsenal & S. Jefferson,
July 12 – Sunday Serenades, Francis Park, Eichelberger & Donovan,
July 13 –Musical Mondays, Tower Grove Park, Bandstand,
Promoting Your Neighborhood Activities
Is there a neighborhood event on the schedule that you would like noted in the Spotlight? If so, you may email the information about it to me at GrayR@stlouis-mo.gov or to Cathy Smentkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. You may also post it on the City's Calendar of Events on the City's web site: http://stlouis-mo.gov. The link to submit an event is at the very bottom of the home page. The listing is free. I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.
Do you have a 7th –12th grade student in your family that's interested in technology? If so, then let them know about the upcoming Hackathon – A Coding Technology Workshop for Youth. Participants will learn about the endless opportunities existing in technology today and will start coding and designing mobile applications. Parental permission and a brief essay on why you want to participate are required for acceptance of your application. To learn more, visit www.Hack4Hope.com. Questions? Please email Hack4Hope@gmail.com.
Col. Richard Gray
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis
Department of Public Safety
Arts and Entertainment Events