Wentzville’s July 4 Liberty Fest Includes Parade, Free Swimming, Live Music, Fireworks

Fourth of July Parade

Don’t miss Wentzville’s 2015 Liberty Fest and annual Fourth of July parade!

You won’t want to miss anything – and, with the exception of reasonably priced concessions, it’s all free! The fun kicks off with the parade at 10 a.m. The parade begins at the corner of Campus Drive and Pearce Boulevard and will travel east down Pearce Boulevard, ending at the corner of Pearce and Luetkenhaus Boulevard. Set up your chair along the route and join in the fun!

The Grand Marshall for this year’s parade is Rick Anselm. Anselm is a 68-year resident of Wentzville and the current commander of the American Legion Post. He has worked in Wentzville’s Parks and Recreation Department for the last five years, but he’s not the only member of his family to work for the City – his father served for 27 years as City Marshall. Anselm has three children, a son who lives in Wentzville, a son in the Navy and a daughter who resides in O’Fallon. His wife, Diane, is the owner of Classic Hair Design, a Wentzville salon. Anselm is also Vietnam Veteran and a charter member of the local VFW Post. He is a perfect example of this year’s parade theme – United we Stand, Proudly We Serve.

Everyone is invited to participate in the parade by making or designing a float. This year’s theme is United We Stand – Proudly We Serve. Floats will be judged for first, second and third place. New this year are the Mayor’s choice awards, in which Mayor Nick Guccione will pick his top-three favorite floats. Please note: individuals participating in the parade may not throw items from a car or a float. Individuals walking next to a car or float may hand out candy or items while walking the parade route. To download a float entry form, please visit http://bit.ly/paradefloatform.

After the parade, join us for a fun-filled afternoon at Progress Park, located at 968 Meyer Road. From noon to 5 p.m., free swimming will be offered at Progress Pool. Progress Park will be full of other activities in the evening with free inflatables and face painting from 5 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and a professional fireworks display will begin at 9:05 p.m.