Fourth of July Safety Tips
For many people, the Fourth of July means cookouts and fireworks. Following are a few safety tips courtesy of the USDA's Food and Safety Inspection Service that can help you and your family have a safe and fun holiday:
· When grilling food, keep in mind that meat and poultry should be cooked to a safe temperature to destroy harmful bacteria that may be present.
· Color of meat and poultry is not a good indicator of safety. Use a food thermometer to make sure meats have reached a safe internal temperature.
· Never partially grill meat or poultry and finish cooking later.
· Keep hot food hot – at 140 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer.
· To prevent food borne illness, do not use the same platter and utensils for raw and cooked meat and poultry.
Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day, but what most people do not realize is that according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission on average about 200 people across the country go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. I encourage you to skip the expense and risk involved when setting off illegal fireworks in your neighborhood. Instead, invite your family and friends to join you to enjoy the spectacular fireworks displays that will take place along the Downtown riverfront as part of Fair Saint Louis. Should you find yourself in a situation where consumer fireworks are being used, keep the following in mind:
· Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.
· Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit – hot enough to melt some metals.
· Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
· Douse the spent devices with plenty of water before discarding to prevent a trash fire.
Let's celebrate America's birthday safely by leaving the fireworks to the professionals.
July 4 – Historic Fourth of July, Old Courthouse,
The Old Courthouse will be hosting a number of patriotic activities on Thursday, July 4. The building's rotunda area will be decorated in historic July 4th detail and there also will be a large Garrison flag on display. Stop by at to hear the Air Force Concert Band, or for a recitation of the Declaration of Independence, or at for a performance by the Clayton Silver Strings. The events are free. For more information, call (314) 655-1614.
July 3 & 4, VP Balloon Glow & Parade, Downtown
The annual VP Parade is a grand
The 136th annual Veiled Prophet Parade will step off at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 4 from the Central Library at Olive and 14th Streets, proceed east to Tucker Boulevard, north to Washington Avenue, east to Fourth Street and south to Market Street before turning west on Market where it will conclude at Citygarden. To learn more, visit the vpparade.org web site.
July 4 – Folk Festival Showcase, Gateway Arch,
Visitors coming to Downtown St. Louis to
celebrate the 4th of July are invited to stop by the Gateway Arch
from to for the
74th National Folk Festival
Showcase that will be held on the grounds of the Gateway Arch at Fair Saint
Louis. Featured artists will include musical and cultural styles such as
Cajun, Mexican mariachi, Native American, western swing/hot jazz, South Indian
classical dance, blues,
July 4, 5 & 6 – Fair Saint Louis, on the grounds of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, Noon
Make plans now to catch some of the excitement
of this year's Fair Saint Louis. This three-day free family event will give
you the opportunity to celebrate
July 4, 5 & 6 – Rockin' on the Landing, Laclede's Landing, Noon
Looking for a great way to spend the July 4th weekend? Visit Laclede's Landing July 4, 5 and 6 and enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience.Live music will be on every corner, along with various food, craft, and art vendors. The Landing will also provide a great view of the Fair Saint Louis fireworks and air shows. The event will run from to each day. For more information, visit the lacledeslanding.com web site.
July 5 – Summer of Love Outdoor Film Series, Art Hill in Forest Park, 7 p.m.
Everyone is invited to spend Fridays in July on Art Hill enjoying film, music and food at the Saint Louis Art Museum's Summer of Love Outdoor Film Series. The first event in the series will be this Friday, July 5. The party will start at 7 p.m. and the movie, "Casablanca," will begin at 9 p.m. Visit the slam.org web site for details.
July 6 – Fireworks, Sublette Park, after sunset
Get out your lawn chairs and coolers and head for Sublette Park, Arsenal and Sublette,this Saturday, July 6 for an outstanding display of pyrotechnics that will begin after sunset.
July 6 – 1863 St. Louis Historic Fourth of July, Old Courthouse, 10 a.m.
Ever wonder what life was like in St. Louis in 1863? Stop by the historic Old Courthouse in Downtown St. Louis on Saturday, July 6 and get a glimpse into that special time in St. Louis history. Living History volunteers and park rangers will present music, speeches and tours. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote in the 1863 city election, pay their 1863 taxes, and become a naturalized citizen. The event is free and will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more details, call (314) 655-1614.
July 7 –
The Carondelet Community Betterment Foundation
will sponsor a free concert in
Save the Date
July 11 – Free Outdoor Concert, St. Louis Place Park, 7 p.m.
July 12 – Food Truck Friday, Tower Grove Park, 5 p.m.
July 12 & 13 – Celebrate St. Louis Concerts, Soldiers' Memorial, 8 p.m.
July 12, 13 & 14 – Saint Joan of Arc Annual Flea Market, Hampton & Pernod, 6 p.m.
July 13 – Free Concert, Lafayette Park, 6 p.m.
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 email@example.com 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 on the home page. The listing is free. I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.
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