St. Louis is gearing up for its biggest party of the year, Fair St. Louis. Held each summer for three days over the 4th of July, organizers have always claimed this to be America's biggest celebration and this year marks its 25th anniversary. The Fair's web site has an unusual banner heading, kind of like moving 3-D.
Originally named the VP Fair, it was begun by an old, secret society of rich old men, old monied men and probably new money men who were members of St. Louis Civic Progress. (My guess anyhow, they never liked to say who they really were.) The parade held on Saturday is about the only event which still mentions or celebrates the Veiled Prophet.
Two years ago the city opened the Eades Bridge to pedestrians and this made life so much easier for Illinois folks to get in and out of the Fair, if they didn't mind walking. The first year the bridge was relatively uncrowded and was a perfect place to watch the fireworks each night. Last year the bridge became quite the place to be with food venders and many many more people using it for watching the airshow as well as fireworks. The nice thing about this spot, for Illinoisans is how much easier it is to get home at the end of the night. The worst thing about Fair St. Louis, if you are downtown for the fireworks is trying to get out of there when its over. So the Eades bridge is terrific.
Fair St. Louis will be going on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. If you don't want to traipse all over the Arch grounds, try the Eades bridge for awhile. One bad thing, the weather is usually very very hot or very very rainy.