Wednesday, July 4, 2012
You could win a $50 gift card to Schiller's by uploading your favorite July 4th fireworks photo! Our brief guide will help you capture those sparkles in the sky, whether you're using a point-and-shoot or DSLR camera.
Do you like taking photos? Do you want a fun challenge, and a chance to win a $50 gift card to Schiller's Camera and Video in Brentwood? By uploading your favorite July 4th fireworks photo to this article, you'll automatically be entered into a random drawing for the gift card! Your photos will also be showcased across Patch. Just click "Upload Photos" above the article to submit your favorite photo. After the the fireworks have cleared on Independence Day, we at St. Louis Patch will randomly select a winner. This contest will run from June 28 to Tuesday, July 10. How to shoot photographs of fireworks Capturing fireworks on camera is a challenge that can be mastered easily with the right equipment and settings on your camera. Read the …
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Fireworks sell/buy/use is banned in St. Louis County.
For a quick "where to buy fireworks" guide near Chesterfield, use this map of Jefferson County locations. Fireworks sale are banned in St. Louis County, which is where Chesterfield is located. But Chesterfield hosts its annual fireworks display and celebration with music, food, and inflatables for kids, in the Chesterfield Mall parking lot. Opens 7pm, fireworks at 9:30pm, July 4. July 4th falls on a Wednesday this year. Which weekend are you making a three-day holiday? Or taking off the whole week to get away? Check out "Black Market" fireworks. You can't miss the huge billboard about it on I-44 in Fenton/Valley Park area. However, use caution in firing off your own fireworks. Doctors say eye injuries are one of the most common from …
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
A relaxed crowd made up mostly of families with young children gathered in the parking lot of Chesterfield Mall to socialize, listen to music and celebrate the Fourth of July with the boom and sparkle of a fireworks display.
Monday, July 4, 2011
St. Louis "Patch" editors share their Fourth of July memories.
The Fourth of July represents the best of summer: barbecues, time with family and friends, and a long day spent under the sun capped off with a beautiful fireworks display. It's been one of my favorite holidays for years, and it always conjures up memories of my mom flipping burgers, my siblings' laughter filling the air and efforts to write our names in the sky with the waning smoke from sparklers. Here's a few of other St. Louis Patch editor's memories of Independence Day. Lights Over Water It must have been around 1968 when my parents bought their first boat, a little wood-hulled ski boat. That started a three-year period in my life when summer weekends meant going to the lake. The Fourth of July at Lake Mattoon is a special memory for…
A "Patch" photographer gives advice on capturing the sparkle in the sky.
Capturing fireworks on camera is a challenge that can be mastered easily with the right equipment and settings on your camera. A short tutorial in the photo captions will help you capture the rockets' red glare this Fourth of July. Equipment needed:
Friday, July 1, 2011
The use of fireworks is against the law in St. Louis County, but it is permitted in Franklin, Jefferson and St. Charles counties.
If you live in Chesterfield and were planning to hold your own fireworks display to celebrate the Fourth of July, you may want to think twice. That’s because the sale, use and possession of fireworks in St. Louis County is illegal. “The ban also includes all 91 municipalities included within the county,” said Mac Scott, a county spokesperson. “Violation of the law could cost between $50 and $1,000. The fee is at the discretion of the judge.” Rick Eckhard, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department, said his office steps up patrols around the holiday and typically receives an increased number of calls regarding the use of fireworks. Eckhard did not have any statistics on the number of tickets handed out for fireworks violations…
With specialty hot dogs and a variety of other foods, this humble spot reaches new heights.
With Fourth of July upon us, no food is associated with celebrating our nation's independence more than the all-American hot dog. Sure, the Germans invented the frankfurter, but we put it on a bun with bright yellow mustard and created the traditional hot dog. These days, the lowbrow red hot is being lifted into the realm of culinary art, and nobody is doing more to offer a fascinating array of flavors and toppings—without being ridiculous—than Surf Dogs Grill and Key Lime Pie Company in Chesterfield. With a choice of 14 specialty dogs, it's difficult to make up your mind. Fortunately, Surf Dogs offers a sample platter with four minidogs called the Pup Sampler ($6.95), a great way to put the available styles to the taste test. Cook Bobby …
Friday, June 24, 2011
"Patch" has the scoop on where the parties are to celebrate our nation's freedom.
If you're looking for a way to celebrate the Fourth of July, the St. Louis area has it covered. With a vast array of fireworks displays, parades, live music, fairs and festivals, there's no shortage of activities. Here are five of the largest Independence Day events in St. Louis: Fair Saint Louis When: noon–10 p.m. July 2, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 3 and 4 Where: Gateway Arch grounds Parade: 10 a.m. July 2 at the corner of Fourth Street and Washington Avenue Entertainment: Steve Miller Band at 7 p.m. July 2, Maroon 5 at 8 p.m. July 3, Montgomery Gentry at 8 p.m. July 4 Fireworks: 9:15 p.m. July, 2, 3 and 4 Activities: Air shows, live music from local bands, children’s entertainment, concessions O’Fallon Heritage & Freedom Fest When: 5 p.m.–…