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Metro Transit offers options for July 4th weekend in Downtown St. Louis

As part of the region’s 4th of July celebrations, downtown St. Louis will host the America’s Birthday Parade on Saturday, July 3, and Fair Saint Louis Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on Sunday, July 4.

Metro Transit is available to get to the parade and the fireworks at the Gateway Arch. There are more than 10,000 free parking spaces at 20 Park-Ride lots in Missouri and Illinois, and five MetroLink stations serving downtown and MetroLink trains arriving and departing downtown St. Louis every 10 minutes.  Metro officials say the option can help families and visitors avoid street closures, heavy traffic and parking hassles.

Because of a federal mandate from the Transportation Security Administration, masks are still required while riding MetroBus and MetroLink, and while at MetroLink stations and Metro Transit Centers.

America’s Birthday Parade – Saturday, July 3

This patriotic parade begins at 10 a.m. at Broadway and Market Street in downtown St. Louis, and proceeds west on Market to Union Station – featuring an elaborate spectacle of floats, balloons, marching bands and live performances. You will see one of Metro Transit’s new 60-foot battery electric buses in the parade too.

Parade-goers can ride MetroLink to the Union Station, Civic Center, Stadium or 8th & Pine MetroLink Stations, which are all near the parade route. MetroLink trains will operate on a weekend schedule on Saturday, and both eastbound and westbound trains will arrive in downtown St. Louis every 10 minutes.

MetroBus is another great option to enjoy the parade. Visitors can ride on any one of more than a dozen MetroBus routes to the Civic Center Transit Center, which is located just a couple blocks south of Market Street, the parade route.

Fair Saint Louis Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular – Sunday, July 4

The fireworks show begins at 9:40 p.m. along the riverfront, and can be easily accessed from the Convention Center and Laclede’s Landing MetroLink Stations.

To help minimize crowding and lines, MetroLink riders from Missouri are encouraged to use the Convention Center Station to travel to and from the fireworks show, and MetroLink riders from Illinois are encouraged to use the Laclede’s Landing Station. Both eastbound and westbound MetroLink trains will serve these stations every 10 minutes on Sunday evening.

Metro Transit and Metro Public Safety personnel will be located throughout the transit system on July 3 and July 4 to assist passengers. Trains may be crowded, especially after the fireworks show, and ridersare asked to be patient and respectful of others. As a reminder, alcohol and firearms are prohibited on Metro Transit vehicles and property, and food and drinks are not allowed on trains or buses.

Metro Transit fares

To help reduce wait times, MetroLink riders are encouraged to purchase two one-ride tickets for $5 or a $5 Metro Day Pass (which provides unlimited MetroLink and MetroBus rides for an entire day) while on their way to 4th of July festivities. These fares can be purchased in advance using the Transit app, available for iOS and Android devices, and also at Ticket Vending Machines located at every MetroLink station. In addition, ticket agents will be at the North Hanley, Brentwood I-64, Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44, East Riverfront and Fairview Heights MetroLink Stations on July 3 and 4 to assist passengers.

Free Park-Ride lots

Transit riders can park at any one of more than 10,000 free parking spaces at 20 Park-Ride lots at MetroLink Stations in Missouri and Illinois. Large numbers of free parking spaces are available at the North Hanley, Brentwood I-64 and Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 stations in Missouri, and at the Emerson Park and Fairview Heights stations in Illinois.

Masks are required

Per federal mandate from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), masks are required while riding MetroBus and MetroLink, and while at MetroLink stations and Metro Transit Centers.

8th & Pine Station

MetroLink riders are encouraged to avoid the 8th and Pine Station this weekend because the westbound escalator at the 8th & Pine MetroLink Station will be out of service on July 3 and July 4. The station’s westbound elevator will be in service, but the accessible pathway from the elevator is currently unavailable, making it necessary for riders to use stairs when entering or leaving the westbound side of the station. Riders who are unable or find it difficult to use stairs are encouraged to use other downtown MetroLink stations when traveling to or from 4th of July festivities.

Plan your trip

To plan your trip to the America’s Birthday Parade or Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, use the online Trip Planner or check transit schedules and maps at metrostlouis.org , download Transit app to your mobile device to plan your trip and pay your fare, or contact Metro Transit Information at 314-231-2345 (phone) or 314-207-9786 (text), available 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

About Metro Transit: Metro Transit operates the St. Louis region’s public transportation system which includes more 400 clean-burning diesel buses that serve 68 MetroBus routes in eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois. Metro also operates MetroLink light rail vehicles on 46 miles of track serving 38 stations in the two-state area, and operates Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 123 vans. Metro Transit is a Bi-State Development enterprise.

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