11 Fun Things To Do in Missouri in July

Last updated on June 12th, 2022 at 11:07 am.

If you are looking for fun things to do in Missouri in July 2022, 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!

11 Fun Things To Do In Missouri In July 2022

Fun things to do in Missouri in July

Here are 11 awesome July events, and summer festivals in Missouri that you won’t want to miss.

1. National Tom Sawyer Days in Hannibal – July 1-4

2022 marks the 67th 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. St. Charles Riverfest Event in St. Charles – July 2-4

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

3. Salute to America Event in Jefferson City – July 3-4

4th of July in Missouri

Come and see one of the most unforgettable fireworks displays ever! Salute to America, which runs from July 3rd- July 4th offers one of the largest fireworks displays in central Missouri. Best of all, the event if free!

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. You can get more information about the event here.

Location: Downtown Jefferson City, MO

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

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.

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

5. The Bison-tennial Hike in Mindenmines – July 9

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 9th, 2022 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

6. Light the Way Music Festival in Springfield- July 15-16

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

Headliners include: Crowder and Lecrae. Additional performers are Big Daddy Weave, Mosaic MSC, Riley Clemmons, Brandon Heath, Rhett Walker and more.

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

Location: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds; 3001 N Grant Ave, Springfield, MO

7. Festival of Butterflies in Kingsville – July 21-August 7

Powell Gardens is going all-out for colorful pollinators. 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

8. Water Lantern Festival in Kansas City – July 23

If you’re looking to do something a little different and off the beaten path, then the Water Lantern Festival is sure to excite! The water lantern festival is just as magical as it sounds.

Come and experience an ethereal light show that you get to be a part of. Many people make wishes on their lanterns, other let something go that is bothering them. Whatever you do with your magical lantern though, it entirely up to you. This community event is so wonderful and fun! Children will be enthralled by the beauty of this amazing event! Get your tickets now though! They sell out fast!

Gates open at 6:00 pm. Enjoy food trucks and music while you design your lantern. The lantern launch is from 9:00 – 10:00.

Location: Frank A Theis Park; Oak and 47th Streets (Across from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art) Kansas City, MO 64111

9. Hannibal BBQ Festival in Hannibal – July 22-23

BBQ Festival

If you love a good bbq, then you’ll adore this festival! The 2022 Hannibal BBQ Festival will take place on July 22-23. 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! On the 24th, special guests, Travis Tritt and David Lee Murphy, will even be performing, 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

10. Jaycee’s Cole County Fair in Jefferson City – July 25 -30

From July 25th- July 30th come and experience a county fair like no other! 2022 is the 72nd 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

11. The Full Moon Float in St. Louis (July 12-14)

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 between 2 pm and 5 pm depending on 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.

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.

We have lists of the best things to do in Missouri for every month of the year! Make sure to see our list for June and list for August as well!

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