Several fireworks displays will be held around the county Wednesday and Thursday.

Several fireworks displays will be held around the county Wednesday and Thursday.

In honor of Independence Day, several fireworks displays are scheduled over the next few days around Jefferson County. St. Pius X High School in Crystal City will hold a celebration Wednesday. On July 4, the De Soto High School, the Hillsboro Community Civic Club and the Meramec Arnold Elks in Imperial will hold their events, and on Saturday, July 6, the Big River VFW Post in Cedar Hill will hold its annual event.

■ The third annual St. Pius X High School Fireworks Extravaganza will be held at the school, 1030 St. Pius Drive, in Crystal City. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the fireworks display starts at dusk. Admission is $10 per car.

At 7 p.m., the band Exit 180 will perform. Barbecue, concessions and shaved ice will be sold.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets; coolers are allowed.

■ The De Soto Fireworks Extravaganza will begin at 1 p.m. at the De Soto High School baseball fields, 815 Amvets Drive. Admission is free. However, bounce house and tractor-train ride activities for children will be offered for small fees.

Barbecue, water and soda will be available for purchase. Coolers are not allowed at the event on public school property.

John Allen, vice president of the De Soto Lions, which sponsors the event, said the annual fireworks show has been a popular event in De Soto for about 75 years. He said the De Soto Lions have organized the event for the last several years.

“I’ve gone to it since I was 7, and I’m 58,” Allen said. “We wanted to keep it going for the veterans, and for the kids.”

Veterans will be recognized at 7:30 p.m., and the fireworks show is scheduled for 9:15 p.m., he said.

“It will be about the same as last year – about 915 shots in the air, with 310 of them shot in the grand finale. The show lasts 35 to 45 minutes.”

Allen said proceeds from the event normally are carried over to help cover the costs of the next year’s event. However, donations are down this year and proceeds will be needed just to cover costs this week’s celebration. To donate, call 636-208-7284.

A Fourth of July Parade also will be held in De Soto. It will begin at 10 a.m., with those in the parade lining up at North Main Street and Fountain City Road. The parade will proceed along Main Street to St. Louis Street, finishing at De Soto High School. The De Soto Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the city of De Soto, sponsors the parade.

■ The annual Fourth of July celebration at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 10349 Business 21, in Hillsboro will begin at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Fireworks will begin at dusk. The Hillsboro Community Civic Club sponsors the event.

Refreshments will be sold. Attendees are allowed to bring coolers, lawn chairs and yard games. For more information, visit jeffcountyfair.net.

■ The Meramec Arnold Elks Lodge, 1515 Miller Road, in Imperial will hold its Fireworks Spectacular, beginning at 6 p.m. A fireworks display will be at dusk. The event also will include live music and food.

■ A barbecue and fireworks display will be held from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Big River VFW Post, 1 Lynn Lane, in Cedar Hill. Musical entertainment will be included.

■ Other events

A number of other large public fireworks displays already lit up the skies last weekend, including the Twin City Firecracker Extravaganza.

The city of Arnold’s annual Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display was cancelled weeks ago because of flooding in Arnold City Park, where the event is held each year.

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