The cities of Ladue and Frontenac aren't having any official Fourth of July celebrations this year, so Ladue-Frontenac Patch has found some essential items and information to make your own celebration one to remember.
Dress to Impress
The day starts with decking yourself and your loved ones out in red, white and blue clothing. Old Navy at Ladue Crossing is the best bet if you need something new to wear, as they have their usual $5 American flag t-shirts for the whole family in addition to other red, white and blue apparel.
Don't forget your four-legged friends this Fourth of July, as Treats Unleashed has patriotic collars ($9.99-$18.95) and leashes ($18.95).
Old Navy also has patriotic soccer balls and volleyballs ($8.50 each) for those who feel like bringing a game or two into their festivities. Spicer's also has toys and items for more family-friendly fun, including frisbees (starting at $3.95 each).
In your fun, be sure to everyone keeps hydrated and protect yourselves from nasty sunburns by picking up some sunscreen at Ladue Pharmacy, where they have a variety of brands available for $9-$15.
You can celebrate further by hosting a cookout or picnic. If you need a new grill or utensils, first head to Schnarr's Hardware for a wide array of grilling equipment.
If you decide to grill, Kenny Whiteman at Ladue Market recommended a good steak. The store has a variety of options, including beef tenderloin ($24 per pound), strip steaks ($20 per pound) and ribeyes ($20 per pound). Schnucks also has kabobs skewered and ready to grill for $8.09 per pound.
For your four-legged family members, Treats Unleashed has cans of "Red, White and Blueberry" dog food for $4.99 each.
If you want a few cocktails for your festivities, Schnucks has a variety of pre-made drinks on sale through July 3, including Smirnoff Tuscan Lemonade or Mojitos.
At Schnucks, you can also find disposable plates, cups and silverware in red, white and blue to cut down on any dishwashing you may have to do.
If you need a dessert for your celebration, Ladue Market has fresh baked goods available, including cookies and cupcakes decorated in red, white and blue.
For pets, Treats Unleashed has small star-shaped treats for 95 cents each or a bag of red, white and blue candy for $4.95.
Dine Out in Ladue or Frontenac
A lot of restaurants in Ladue and Frontenac will also be open on the Fourth of July, including Lester's and Schneithorst's Restaurant and Bar (during their normal business hours). If you're planning on dining out, calling ahead to make sure your restaurant of choice is open would be advisable.
Find a Celebration
Several Fourth of July celebrations will be happening throughout the day and weekend, most notably Fair St. Louis, which includes fireworks, air shows and live music July 2-4 on the Gateway Arch grounds.
Other cities throughout the area, including Kirkwood, Webster Groves, Ferguson and Hazelwood, will be having festivities to celebrate the holiday. (Click on the city's name to find out more information about each event.)
Capture the Moments
If you want to get your photos printed after the holiday, digital camera prints cost 19 cents each at Creve Coeur Camera; if you use film, a 24-exposure development costs $13 and a 36-exposure development costs $17.