Event Info

The fairgrounds are located at 40 Acres, just south of Highway 44 and Elm, in Webster Groves. All activities (aside from the carnival and barbecue) are FREE to the public and are funded through donations from businesses, organizations and the citizens of Webster Groves. Bring your lawn chair and come prepared to tap your toe and dance as area bands perform in this community music festival at the Webster Groves Action Park, located next to the tennis courts. *Remember: No coolers may be brought onto the fairgrounds, but the Lions Club is more than happy to satisfy your hunger and thirst.

For more information about Community Days or if you would like to contribute to fireworks, please go to the City’s web page at www.webstergroves.org/communitydays  or contact the Webster Groves Parks and Recreation Department at (314) 963-5600.

Accommodations/Rules

  • Please refrain from placing your blanket/tarp on the ground before the day of the fireworks. Ground covers of any kind, if left too long, can negatively impact restoration of your park. To protect the grounds, blankets may be removed. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Removed blankets may be recovered at the Rec Complex during normal hours by July 12, at which time they’ll be donated.
  • As always, coolers or outside food and drink are not allowed on the grounds.
  • Due to insurance restrictions, no outside booths or strolling vendors will be allowed on the Fairgrounds unless already coordinated through the Webster Groves Lion’s Club.
  • Ambrose Way will be entirely closed from June 27 through July 8.
  • Moss Field (football stadium) is closed during the event. For safety reasons, no one is allowed inside the stadium to view the fireworks.
  • ACCESSIBILITY: People requiring special assistance may be dropped off at the Hixson parking lot designated for accessible parking near Elm and Ambrose Way. There are also a limited number of designated accessible parking areas at Hixson Middle School and Webster Groves Recreation Complex available to properly licensed or tagged vehicles.
  • Bags, purses, backpacks, etc., are subject to random searches by law enforcement personnel.
  • Trash removal and recycling services are provided by Waste Management.

Important Information about Parking

  • The carnival and barbecue Fairgrounds will be located on the Webster Groves School District parking lot (east of Moss Field) and the northern end of Webster Groves Recreation Complex parking lot.
  • The Hixson Middle School Parking Elm Avenue lot will be paid carnival parking all hours of Community Days.  Cost is $10 per vehicle.  Access is from Elm Ave only;  no access from Colebrook. Funds generated will help Webster Groves High School band students pay for band trips and camps.
  • The Webster Groves Recreation Complex parking lot will remain free public parking for the duration of the event and may be accessed from E. Glendale Road only. The shuttle bus route will be between the off-site carnival park/shuttle or walk/shuttle bus at Nerinx Hall or Webster University parking lots on Garden Avenue and the fairgrounds. Shuttle fee is $5 per vehicle (5 or fewer individuals).  Shuttle times are: July 3: 5-11p; July 4: 1-11p; July 5: 5-11p; July 6: 5-11p. Funds generated will help band students pay for band trips and camps.  More information can be found at https://wgcommunitydays.org/parking/
  • Note: The Colebrook entry to the fairgrounds and parking lots will be closed to vehicular traffic. Ambrose Way will be closed from the Hixson parking lot to the Rec Center Parking lot.  Also, many streets surrounding the fairgrounds will have no parking on one side for the duration of the event to ease the flow of traffic.
  • Entry to or exit from parking lots at Hixson Middle School or the Rec Complex will not be allowed for the duration of the parade on July 4.

Community Days Schedule of Events

Wednesday, July 3

5 – 11 p.m.

Lions Club Carnival, Midway Booths and BBQ
$25 Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristbands!

Location: Fairgrounds

6 – 7 p.m. (Registration 5:30 – 6 p.m.)

Pet Parade

Location: Recreation Complex Gymnasium

Bring out the dogs, cats, pigs, chickens, iguanas, or whatever — if it’s your pet, it qualifies for this long-standing tradition, the Children’s Pet Parade! (Only wild animals are excluded.) Sponsored by Blue Ribbon Grooming, the Children’s Pet Parade is open to children 15 years old and younger and their pets. It is designed as a good-natured competition where pets, with some assistance from their owners, compete in a variety of categories. Blue Ribbon Grooming provides the prizes and has the unenviable job of judging this ever-popular event (unenviable only in that all entries are so darn cute!) The Pet Parade will be held in the Gymnasium at the Webster Groves Recreation Complex. What a wonderful way to stay cool!

Participants may enter a maximum of three categories. Certificates are given to all entrants. Ribbons and prizes will also be awarded to first, second and third places in the following categories: Best Trick, Funniest Looking, Best Costume, Pet/Owner Look-Alike, Best Pet Joke (available to kids with or without a pet) and Best Float.

7 – 11 p.m.

Entertainment – Webstock: Assorted Entertainers and Bands

Action Park

Webstock 2019 offers four days of Peace and Music, showcasing local student and adult musicians at the Action Park stage, east of the Tennis Center (south of the Aquatic Center) in Memorial Park. This year’s entertainers offer something for every taste — familiar and original tunes. More bands than those listed may be joining the festival. Each act will perform for approximately 20-30 minutes.

Webstock lineup includes: Dani Rose, Norah Rohlfing, Brawsh, Christian Orlet, Squanch and an All-Star Jam featuring Papa Was a Rolling Stone or Cortez the Killer

Thursday, July 4

10 a.m.

Fourth of July Parade (Theme: Scenes of Summer)

Sponsored by Shakers Dog Wash
Lockwood/Selma to Elm/E. Glendale
Sponsored by Reliance Bank

The parade travels along a two-mile route through the streets of Webster Groves and draws a crowd of thousands of spectators with more than 80 units. The parade begins at Lockwood and Selma and ends at Elm and Glendale (Memorial Park.) See map on this page. Marshals are volunteers from Webster Groves Masonic Temple. This year’s Grand Marshal is professional football player Adrian Clayborn. Parade Judges are:

* Dwight Bitikofer, Publisher, Webster-Kirkwood Times Newspaper.
* Sarah Riss, Retired Webster Groves School District Superintendent.
* Anne Tolan, former 2-term Webster Groves City Council member.

Awards are given to first place (Best) and honorable mention (Outstanding) in each of the following categories: Children’s Entry, Civic Entry, Classic Entry, Commercial Entry, Neighborhood Entry, Performing Entry, Best Theme, Visiting Entry, Novelty Unit and three Special Judges’ Awards.

Parade Safety:

Of course, safety is of paramount importance, but parades have inherent risk, so it’s important that parade participants and spectators do all they can to help.

  • With regard to parade units, several safety measures are in place and enforcement will be without exception. There will be no throwing of water balloons or large super soakers allowed from any parade unit or spectators. Each sizeable motorized unit will have wheel walkers, whose job it is to keep the path clear in front and on the sides of the unit.  Parade participants are not allowed to throw candy or other items from a moving unit; however, they may have walkers who will hand the items to spectators on the sidewalks. Violators should be reported to a parade marshal or police officer.
  • Along the parade route, parents and adults should keep close track of their children and ensure that they are not endangering themselves by running in front of a parade vehicle to get a piece of candy or trinket. Remain on the curb or behind it. There will be no sales of water, ice cream, etc., on the street ten minutes prior to start time until the conclusion of the event. Safety is everyone’s job.

 

11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Lions Club Carnival, Midway Booths and BBQ

Location: Fairgrounds

7 – 11 p.m.

Entertainment – Electric Smile

Location: Action Park

Electric Smile plays classic rock dance music from The Beatles to AC/DC Badfinger to Bad Company, Sublime, Gin Blossoms, and Goo Goo Dolls! You are almost guaranteed to hear your favorite song! We’re sure you’ll feel compelled to hop out of your seat and hit the dance floor. Leave your cares at home and come prepared for Electric Smile to go the extra mile to get the extra smile!

9:30 p.m.

Fireworks Spectacular

Sponsored by Webster Groves Lions Club, City of Webster Groves, Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors listed on front, along with generous Webster Groves citizens like you!

Location: Memorial Park

Friday, July 5

5 – 11 p.m.

Lions Club Carnival, Midway Booths and BBQ
$25 Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristbands! 

Location: Fairgrounds 

7 – 11 p.m. (three sets with a break for fireworks)

Entertainment – Webstock: Various Entertainers and Bands

Webstock acts include: Ian Thompson, Wild House Kats, Will Gerdell, Scott Hewitt, Beatrix Kiddo, Alex Ward, Che Sanchez, and an All-Star Jam featuring Papa Was a Rolling Stone or Cortez the Killer

Saturday, July 6

11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Lions Club Carnival, Midway Booths and BBQ

Location: Fairgrounds

7 – 11 p.m. (with a break for fireworks)

Entertainment – DANG

Location: Action Park

DANG is a roots rock band that covers tunes from the 50’s through today, composed of band members Gregg Eilers, David Glauber, David Torretta, Tom Handy and Bill Buzan. They bring a strong set of musical chops and a variety of voices, instruments and styles to their interpretations of classical rock and roll. The group is fun and dynamic and plays tunes that will get the toes tapping and the heads nodding. If you want dance tunes, great covers of timeless rock, R & B or Motown, DANG will deliver.

9:30 p.m.

Fireworks: The Sequel

Sponsored by Waste Management

Location: Memorial Park