While many Jefferson County towns and organizations have canceled Independence Day events this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, at least three celebrations will be held in the county – in De Soto, Cedar Hill and Imperial.

All three will be held on Saturday, July 4.

De Soto

De Soto’s 92nd annual Fourth of July Parade, sponsored by the De Soto Chamber of Commerce, will be held at 10 a.m. on Main Street.

No candy or other handouts will be allowed in an effort to limit social contact between parade participants and spectators.

The De Soto Lions Club at one point said it would not hold its annual fireworks show this year, but it is going through with the event, which will be held when it begins to get dark at De Soto High School.

Cedar Hill

The Big River VFW Post 5331, 1 Lynn Lane, in Cedar Hill, will hold an Independence Day celebration beginning at 11 a.m.

The event will include barbeque, burgers, hot dogs, snow cones, cotton candy, funnel cakes and drinks. The festivities will conclude with fireworks after dark.


The Meramec Arnold Elks, 1515 Miller Road, in Imperial, will hold a July 4 event from 3-7 p.m., including a fireworks show with music at dusk.

The R5 Band will play from 4:40-8:30 p.m. The event also will include hamburgers, brats and hot dogs. There will also be a truck selling shaved ice. No coolers are allowed.


Typically, the city of Arnold holds a Fourth of July event at Arnold City Park, but it was canceled.

The Twin City Firecracker Extravaganza that was scheduled for June 26-27 in Festus was canceled, too.

In addition, the Hillsboro Community Civic Club and the city of Eureka called off their Fourth of July celebrations.