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Political  |  Re-enactors   |  Military Organizations |  Church Groups

Salute to America Parade   |    Little Mr. & Miss Independence Contest  |   Hotdog Eating Contest

Red, Bike & Blue Fun Ride   |  Route 66 Classic Car Show 

Volunteers  |   Sponsors

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WHERE TO PARK

Find out more about our VIP Parking program, handicapped lots and which roads are closed. Carpooling is recommended. Marked Handicapped parking is located in the parking lot at the corner of Commercial Alley and Monroe street. Access is only available off Adams Street street by the Library through the alley. Most parking downtown and in the state of Missouri lots are free and first come. We invite you to take advantage of our VIP lots with easy access to all the action. Proceeds benefit the St. Peter’s youth group and the festival.

             

SAFETY & SECURITY

No pets  n   No Soliciting  n   No Motorized Vehicles  n   No Coolers  n   No skateboards, razors, bicycles  n No Fireworks As you plan your activities for the 4 th  of July holiday, please keep the following safety information in mind: Alcohol – The downtown Temporary Open Consumption permit is NOT in effect. The city ordinance of Jefferson City prohibits public consumption of alcohol. Enjoy your adult beverages in the beer gardens and bistros throughout the district. There is no alcohol permitted on State property. Boaters – Do not enter the fireworks shoot zone on the Missouri River between 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.  This area is located from the Missouri River Bridge at mile marker 143 to approximately one-half mile east at mile marker 143.5. The U.S. Coast Guard and Missouri Water Patrol have strict regulations in place prohibiting marine activity during this time.  Errant watercraft will cause a denial of permission to begin the fireworks display on time. Bridge – The Missouri River pedestrian/bicycle bridge will be closed to public access on July 4 th  in the evening for safety reasons. The Bridge is under construction with reduced traffic lanes. Expect long delays and plan accordingly if you’re coming across the river. For the latest information visit http://traveler.modot.org/map/ Fireworks – Private fireworks are outlawed within the Jefferson City city limits.  The fireworks display in conjunction with the celebration is set at the Capital Sand Plant across the river.  Citizens must be clear of this area which is strictly closed to non-essential personnel.  Please maintain a safe distance from the shoot site, including the river bank area. Food – There food vendors in the festival district are inspected and permitted by the City Health Department.  Many downtown restaurants and bars are also open for your convenience.  Any food vendors located outside of the food courts or are not an existing downtown establishments are not part of the festival. Lost Kids – The Jefferson City Police Department Command Center will be located on the northwest corner of High and Jefferson Streets.  We encourage you to make a plan with your family and discuss the following: If separated, we will meet at ____ (location) at _____ (time). Small children should be encouraged to find a police officer if lost. Children should have some type of identification with them that includes a cell phone number and the names of their parents. In case of severe weather, families should have a safe location pre-identified. Medical Services – There is an emergency medical service station located behind Hawthorn Bank to tend to any health related concerns of guests.  Remember to drink plenty of water during your visit to avoid dehydration and other heat-related problems. Pets – No pets of any kind except designated service animals are allowed within the festival boundaries. Safe Shelters – In case of severe weather make your way to the closest parking garage structure including the lower level of the Capitol Building.

              

WHERE TO STAY

Salute to America has teamed up with many of our local hotel properties to offer you exceptional rates over the holiday weekend. To find the perfect accommodations for you and your guests, click below. Be sure to ask for the Salute to America Great Rates when you call. America’s Best Value 573-634-4220 $64.99 Double  $ 54.99 King Free Wi-F, Hot breakfast, exercise room, microwave in rooms Baymont Inn & Suites 573-636-5231 $72.00 King $72.00 Double Comp Hot Deluxe Cont Breakfast,  Lounge, Fitness center  Free WiFi, Room Ref & Microwave Best Western Capital Inn 573-635-4175 $89.99 Double $89.99 King Complimentary Hot Breakfast, Indoor Pool/Spa, Fitness Center, Bowling Center next door Candlewood Suites 573-634-8822 $90.00 Queen Studio $95 double or king studio  Extended stay property Full Kitchen, Health/ Fitness Center, BBQ grill Capitol Plaza Hotel 800-338-8088 Call for fireworks view rooms & specials starting at $80 Full Service Restaurant/Lounge, Indoor pool/sauna/whirlpool, Fitness Center, Covered Parking Cliff Manor B&B 573-636-2013 call for rates Complimentary breakfast. No Children Double Tree Hotel 573-636-5101 $123.00 double $133 King Indoor pool, Fitness center, Chocolate Chip Cookie Welcome, Sapphire Restaurant & Lounge Econo Lodge 573-636-2797 $49.99 King or Double Free Wi-Fi. Complimentary Continental Breakfast Fairfield Inn & Suites 573-761-0400 Rates starting at $114.00 Comp Cont Breakfast w/hot items, Indoor Pool.  Free Wi-Fi High Street Retreat 573-619-4377 $400 for entire retreat 6 sleeping rooms, can sleep up to 15 people. Quality Inn & Suites 573-634-4040 $79.00 Double $86.00 King Complimentary Hot Breakfast, Indoor Pool/Hot tub/Exercise Rm Travel Lodge 573-636-5456 $84.99 Double  or King Complimentary wifi, fitness room, microwave, free guest laundry
VIP PARKING
FREE for sponsors & Friends of the Festival with parking placards
$10
in the St. Peter Parish lots off West Main & Broadway (subject to availability)
DONATION
Proceeds benefit St. Peter Youth NCYC trip & Salute to America Foundation, Inc.  
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JEFFERSON CITY AMONG THE NATION’S MOST BEAUTIFUL SMALL TOWNS

The website Implicitly.com recently ranked Jefferson City on its list of the 19 most beautiful small towns in America. The site praised the city’s design elements, stating that Jefferson City is “a prime example of small town Midwestern architecture that has been well-preserved as time has elapsed.” It also mentioned a few must-see spots in the city, including the Lewis & Clark Monument and the Missouri State Penitentiary. This is not the first time Jefferson City has been highlighted as one of the nation’s most beautiful small towns - in its “Best of the Road” contest, Rand McNally also named the city as the most beautiful small town in the nation.
Be sure to book a tour at the 47 bloodiest acres west of the Mississippi. Rich history tours that include the infamous gas chamber and heart-stopping ghost tours & hunts are available when booked in advance at www.missouripentours.com

Featuring Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy

Classic Car Cruise
Kid’s Zone & Petting Zoo
Heritage Village & Stage
Event Sponsors
Live Eagle Show
Little Mr & Miss Independance
Red, Bike & Blue
Hot Dog Eating Contest
Food Courts
Sand Pit
Beer garden
beer garden Stage
adventure zone
area Sponsors
Downtown stage
Extreme Stage
salute to heroes
avenue of the americas
show-me missouri
opening ceremony
Street Dance
Maps
July 3rd
Capitol MainStage
July 4th
Capitol MainStage
Carnival Land
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Welcome to the celebration with something for everyone!

Come find out how our State Capitol celebrates our Nation’s Independence with this multi-day celebration in the heart of historic downtown Jefferson City. We kick off with a concert event at the decommissioned Missouri State Penitentiary on Saturday, June 30. Events on July 3rd include the Parade, Opening Ceremony, Carnival and FREE concert by the Capitol. July 4th is huge with 17 city blocks of themed areas, 7 entertainment stages, vendors, eclectic festival food, beer gardens, live eagle show, historic & military displays, petting zoo & pony rides, another FREE concert and so much more all capped off with the largest fireworks shells shot in the state in our Red, White and Boom sky concert simulcast to your favorite music.  Jefferson City is uniquely positioned in the center of Missouri with easy access for guests from across the state. So plan to bring your family & friends and stay the whole weekend and see all America’s most beautiful small town has to offer!

Get your tickets for this unprecedented, historic concert Inside the Walls of the Missouri State Penitentiary,

once known as "the bloodiest 47 acres in America".

When: Saturday, June 30, 2018 Time: Doors open at 4 pm, concert starts at 5 pm Line Up: 8 pm  Big & Rich with guest Cowboy Troy 7 pm  Stone Senate 6 pm  Murphy’s Ford 5 pm  Crossroad Station Tickets: $54 general admission + service fee ( only 2500 tickets) $250 VIP + service fee (only 40 tickets) Other: * All ages; over 21 writbands available *  Beer Garden, wine, coke products and water; food/snack concessions *  Prison Dinner in A-Hall: $20 p/p limited reserve seats; prepared by Prison Brews *  Prohibited items: Firearms/weapons of any kind; Coolers or outside beverages; Backpacks or large      bags; Canopies/tents/umbrellas; Pets *  Allowed items: Lawn chairs, blankets (chair rental available) *  Rain or shine. No rain date. Sorry, no refunds.
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Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy - Big & Rich are an American country music duo composed of Big Kenny  and John Rich, both of whom are songwriters, vocalists, and guitarists. Before the duo's foundation, Rich was bass guitarist in the country band Lonestar, while Kenny was a solo artist for Hollywood Records. Their first studio album, Horse of a Different Color, was released in 2004. This album produced four straight Top 40 country hits, including the number 11 "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)", plus collaborations with Cowboy Troy, Gretchen Wilson, and Martina McBride. Comin' to Your City was released in November 2005 followed by another Top 20 single the Vietnam War-inspired "8th of November". Joining the duo on this album were Cowboy Troy, Wilson, and Kris Kristofferson.
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ABOUT US

Our Foundation...

The Salute to America Celebration operates under the direction of a not-for- profit 4th of July Foundation, a working partnership between the City, County, State, Chamber, Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and of course, our Sponsors. Festival Committee The event is organized and staffed by the all volunteer Salute to America Committee, Angela Nale, Chair. Sponsors This event wouldn't happen without the generosity each year of our community- minded benefactors. Each themed area in the Festival District is also sponsored by a business or organization. There are many, many opportunities for businesses, civic organizations, clubs, school groups, entertainers and individuals to contribute in a variety of ways. If you're interested in learning more, contact our office at 573.761-0704 or click here for a Fax Back form or Donate Here.

Our Mission...

Continue to foster a cooperative effort between the Chamber, City, County and the State to showcase Jefferson City as our State Capitol’s celebration; Develop an environment of inclusion and opportunity to encourage involvement by local and statewide civic groups and other organizations who may mutually benefit by participation; Attract and increase corporate and other sponsorships by offering enhanced branding opportunities through association with this event; Creating a prideful, patriotic environment with diversity and abundance in activities, entertainment, exhibits and retail opportunities to attract a broad audience and increase attendance.

Our Management

Salute to America is managed by Daily Plan-it, Jill Snodgrass Festival Director and Sean Krikorian, Festival Coordinator, under the direction of the Salute to America Foundation Board of Directors. Summer internships are available. Click here to send an email
Carrie Tergin, Mayor, Foundation Chair, Representing the City of Jefferson Kris Scheperle, County Commissioner, Foundation Vice Chair, Representing Cole County Angela Nale Representing Downtown Jefferson City; Committee Chair Bill Plank, Committee Vice Chair Kathy Crow, Treasurer, Past Chair Randy Allan, Representing the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Diane Gillespie, Secretary, Representing the Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau Cathy Brown, Representing the State of Missouri Mark Kaiser, Representing Community Civic Organizations John Hickey, Past Chair Greg Gaffke, Past Chair Jayne Dunkmann, Past Chair Dan Roling, Past Chair
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Welcome to the celebration with

something for everyone!

Come find out how our State Capitol celebrates our Nation’s Independence with this multi-day celebration in the heart of historic downtown Jefferson City. We kick off with a concert event at the decommissioned Missouri State Penitentiary on Saturday, June 30th. Events on July 3rd include the Parade, Opening Ceremony, Carnival and FREE concert on the lawn of the Capitol. July 4th is huge with 17 city blocks of themed areas, 7 entertainment stages, vendors, eclectic festival food, beer gardens, live eagle show, historic & military displays, petting zoo & pony rides, another FREE concert and so much more all capped off with the largest fireworks shells shot in the state in our Red, White and Boom sky concert simulcast to your favorite music.  Jefferson City is uniquely positioned in the center of Missouri with easy access for guests from across the state. So plan to bring your family & friends and stay the whole weekend and see all America’s most beautiful small town  has to offer!
SALUTE TO AMERICA
A Capitol Celebration

Featuring Wynonna & the Big Noise

Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and undeniable talent, Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30-million albums worldwide spanning her remarkable 33-year career. Once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline,” this iconic performer has received over 60 industry awards, with countless charting singles, including 20 No.1 hits such as “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not me,” and “Grandpa, (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ole Days).”
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Salute to America
ABOUT US

Our Foundation...

The Salute to America Celebration operates under the direction of a not-for- profit 4th of July Foundation, a working partnership between the City, County, State, Chamber, Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and of course, our Sponsors. Festival Committee The event is organized and staffed by the all volunteer Salute to America Committee, Angela Nale, Chair. Sponsors This event wouldn't happen without the generosity each year of our community-minded benefactors. Each themed area in the Festival District is also sponsored by a business or organization. There are many, many opportunities for businesses, civic organizations, clubs, school groups, entertainers and individuals to contribute in a variety of ways. If you're interested in learning more, contact our office at 573.761-0704 or click here for a Fax Back form or Donate Here.

Our Mission...

Continue to foster a cooperative effort between the Chamber, City, County and the State to showcase Jefferson City as our State Capitol’s celebration; Develop an environment of inclusion and opportunity to encourage involvement by local and statewide civic groups and other organizations who may mutually benefit by participation; Attract and increase corporate and other sponsorships by offering enhanced branding opportunities through association with this event; Creating a prideful, patriotic environment with diversity and abundance in activities, entertainment, exhibits and retail opportunities to attract a broad audience and increase attendance.

Our Management

Salute to America is managed by Daily Plan-it, Jill Snodgrass Festival Director and Sean Krikorian, Festival Coordinator, under the direction of the Salute to America Foundation Board of Directors. Summer internships are available. Click here to send an email
Salute to America

Get your tickets for this unprecedented, historic concert

Inside the Walls of the Missouri State Penitentiary,

once known as "the bloodiest 47 acres in America".

When: Saturday, June 30, 2018 Time: Doors open at 4 pm, concert starts at 5 pm Line Up: 8 pm  Big & Rich with guest Cowboy Troy 7 pm  Stone Senate 6 pm  Murphy’s Ford 5 pm  Crossroad Station Tickets: $54 general admission + service fee ( only 2500 tickets) $250 VIP + service fee (only 40 tickets) Other: * All ages; over 21 writbands available *  Beer Garden, wine, coke products and water; food/snack concessions *  Prison Dinner in A-Hall: $20 p/p limited reserve seats; prepared by Prison Brews *  Prohibited items: Firearms/weapons of any kind; Coolers or outside beverages; Backpacks or large bags; Canopies/tents/umbrellas; Pets *  Allowed items: Lawn chairs, blankets (chair rental available) *  Rain or shine. No rain date. Sorry, no refunds.
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contests

Get in front of over 70,000 people who attend this multi-day

celebration in America’s Most Beautiful Small Town.

Food Concessions   |  Vendors  |   Exhibitors  |   Entertainers/Bands  |  Kid’s Activities    

Political  |  Re-enactors   |  Military Organizations |  Church Groups

Salute to America Parade   |    Little Mr. & Miss Independence Contest  |   Hotdog Eating Contest

Red, Bike & Blue Fun Ride   |  Route 66 Classic Car Show 

Volunteers  |   Sponsors

Salute to America is Proudly Presented by...

participate Enter your tape Soon Fan favorite sings the National Anthem  before the fireworks