12 Fun Things To Do in Missouri in July (Plus where to see Fireworks!)

Last updated on October 7th, 2023 at 01:00 pm.

If you are looking for fun things to do in Missouri in July 2023, we’ve got the inside information with 11 of the best things to do throughout the state this month.

Whether you live in the state of Missouri or are visiting for a Summer vacation, you’ll love all of the spectacular events to check out! Summer has never been sweeter, and you can create a 4th of July experience for yourself, or for your family, that is sure to be unforgettable! Without further ado, let’s jump right into the best things to do in Missouri in July!

Fun Things To Do In Missouri In July 2023

Fun things to do in Missouri in July

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Here are 12 awesome July events, and summer festivals in Missouri that you won’t want to miss.

1. National Tom Sawyer Days in Hannibal – JUne 30-July 4, 2023

2023 marks the 68th Annual National Tom Sawyer Days celebration. A Hannibal tradition the National Tom Sawyer Days festival offers something for all ages and interests. Celebrate Mark Twain’s most famous creation with a weekend of family fun including concerts, Tomboy Sawyer Contest, Tricycle Races, 4th of July parade, Frog Jump Contest, July 4th Fireworks over the Mississippi at dusk, carnival and so much more!

Location: Downtown Hannibal, Missouri

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2. The Full Moon Float in St. Louis – July 2-3, 2023

Adventure awaits you on this fun float event! How does riding on a boat, at night, traveling to small river island sound to you? Fun, right?! Well, it absolutely is! You’ll experience swimming, arrowhead finding, bonfires, and of course the beauty of nature at nighttime. You’ll even get to enjoy a gourmet dinner, spot eagles, and catch fireflies. If you’re looking for a little bit of magic, you’ll find it on the Full Moon Float. Check out their site to find the dates for their July floats.

Location & Details: This trip starts around 5 pm and will be timed with the sunset. The meet-up location depends on which stretch of the Great Rivers will be paddled. Trips end around 11 pm at the meet-up location.

3. St. Charles Riverfest Event in St. Charles – July 2-4, 2023

If you love music and live performances, then the St. Charles Riverfest event is sure to delight. Enjoy wonderful performances that are fun for the whole family. It is also host to a carnival, delicious food, and craft vendors. Every time you visit, you are sure to find something new and exciting. This event will be hosted from July 2nd – July 4th.

Location: in Frontier Park near Main Street in St. Charles, MO

4. Salute to America Event in Jefferson City – July 4, 2023

4th of July in Missouri

Come and see one of the most unforgettable fireworks displays ever! Salute to America, which is a one-day event this year and offers one of the largest fireworks displays in central Missouri. Best of all, the event if free!

There will be five bands across two stages throughout the 4th. In addition there will be a classic car show, 5k run, parade, community bike ride and lots more.

No tickets or booking is necessary. This event takes over the downtown district area and lines the streets with carnivals, art galleries, concerts, beer gardens, and music. It’s fun for the whole family.

Location: Downtown Jefferson City, MO

5. Springfield’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July Parade and Celebration – July 4, 2023

Springfield’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July Parade and Celebration will take place on July 4th.

The parade will be led by The Firefighters Honor Guard within the Midtown Historic District. This is Springfield’s largest nationally registered historic district. The parade lineup is on Drury Lane and begins at 10:00 am at the intersection of Central and Drury Lane, heads west on Central to Benton, turns right, heads north on Benton, turns right, or east on Calhoun by historic Drury President’s home, left, or north on Washington Avenue, then finally right, or east on Locust to Washington Park where the celebration continues.

The celebration at historic Washington Park is held after the parade, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Washington Park is in the 1600 block of North Summit. Established in 1869 it is one of Springfield’s oldest parks.

This year’s Grand Marshals are retiring Boyd elementary principal, Andrea Fraser, and new principal, Angela Holloway Payne.

The national anthem will be sung by Aubrey Smith ane there will be additional live music from The Norman Jackson Band from 11:30 am to 1 pm. There will be free ice cream from Hiland Dairy* and water provided as well as free children’s games! Food will be available for purchase from the DNA BBQ food truck. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Location: In and around the 1600 block of North Summit in Springfield, MO

6. Light the Way Music Festival in Ozark- July 7-8, 2023

Light the Way is Missouri’s Largest Christian Music Festival and is held at the Ozark Empire Fair Ground.

Headliners include: Colton Dixon, Billy Ballenger, Newsboys, Anne Wilsom, Manic Drive and many others.

Tickets start as low as $20 for a single-day pass.

Location: Faith Family Farms, 2320 N Riverside Rd, Ozark, MO 65721

7. The Bison-tennial Hike in Mindenmines – July 8, 2023

If you love the outdoors, then this is one experience you absolutely won’t want to miss! The Bison-Tennial hike is brimming with nature in such a beautiful way. You’ll see wildflowers in full bloom, endless sky, and a wide array of wildlife on this two-mile hike, through some of Missouri’s most beautiful terrain. Snacks and water are not provided to you, but you are allowed to bring your own.

This event will happen on July 8th, 2023 from 10am – noon. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot some bison, which the trail is well known for. Registration for participation is required. You can learn more about this awesome hike on the event’s website.

Location: 128 NW 150th Lane, Mindenmines, MO

8. Solar Viewing & Stargazing in Kirksville – July 8, 2023

Join Thousand Hills State Park team members, Truman State University faculty and the Adair County Public Library for stargazing this July. Telescopes will be set up, but you can also bring your own telescopes, chairs and binoculars.

  • Solar Viewing: 11 a.m.: 1 p.m., Saturday, July 8, at Point Shelter
  • Nighttime Stargazing: 9-11 p.m., Saturday, July 8, at Point Shelter

Location: Thousand Hills State Park; 20431 State Highway 157, Kirksville, MO

9. Festival of Butterflies in Kingsville – July 19-Aug 6, 2023

butterfly garden

Powell Gardens is going all-out for colorful pollinators during the Festival of Butterflies. The garden is particularly lovely when vibrant butterflies flutter through the botanic displays. Children will enjoy the hands-on activities while nature enthusiasts will appreciate learning more about butterflies and the native plants that attract them.

Location: 1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, MO 64061

10. Night Hike On Buteo Trail in Knob Noster, Mo – July 22, 2023

Knob Noster State Park is hosting five night hikes on Buteo Trail during the spring and summer of 2023. These are guided hikes to explore how to preserve the night sky.

Each hike will be a moderately difficult mile-long loop and will last about an hour. Be prepared by bringing water, snacks and a personal flashlight; wearing sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing; and using insect repellent.

Meet at the trailhead by Lake Buteo, the shelter house and the kayak hut on July 22 at 9 p.m.

Trailhead coordinates: 38.74975, -93.58163

11. Hannibal BBQ Festival in Hannibal – July 21-22, 2023

BBQ Festival

If you love a good bbq, then you’ll adore this festival! The 2023 Hannibal BBQ Festival will take place on July 21-22. All of the proceeds from the event go to local organizations in the community, so you can party for a good cause.

This event is the best excuse to eat a lot of food, dance, and enjoy some great country music! Musical acts include Great White, Feudin’ Hillbillies, Trace Adkins, Confederate Railroad, Nowake, and Trixter. So, what are you waiting for? Get your party hats on and head to the BBQ festival!

This is a family-friendly event. Kids are welcome. Children 10 and under are free. Minors under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Location: 4015 Market Street in Hannibal, MO

12. Jaycee’s Cole County Fair in Jefferson City – July 31 – August 5, 2023

Come and experience a county fair like no other! 2023 is the 73rd Annual Jefferson City Jaycee’s Cole Country fair has so much to see and do. It’s a dazzle of fun and games! Here, you will find fun rides, unique exhibits, oddities, music, food, contests, and a wide array of cool events. Jefferson City may be a small town, but this country fair sure isn’t! Visit the website for more information.

Location: 1445 Fairgrounds Rd, Jefferson City, MO 65109

Where to see fireworks in missouri on the 4th of july


Another must for Missouri in July is to check out some fireworks! Below are a few of our favorite spots to enjoy a 4th of July spectacular.

  • Silver Dollar City Amusement Park in Branson
  • Salute to America Event in Jefferson City
  • Six Flags Amusement Park in St. Louis
  • Downtown Parkville Parkville in addition to fireworks at 9:45 pm, also come for a pancake breakfast, a community parade, food, fun, shopping, music, and a skydiving exhibition.
  • Main Street in Weston.

There is so much to do and see in Missouri, and your Summer is bound to be a blast! Be safe out there, and happy trails.

Missouri Events for Every Month

There are plenty of activities in Missouri every month and we have lists of the best things to do in Missouri for every month of the year! Just click any month to plan your next MO adventure! January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

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