Join us July 3-4, 2021 for Mid-Missouri’s largest July 4th celebration! Step back in time as we celebrate Missouri’s Bicentennial starting July 3rd with a nostalgic parade, beer garden and live entertainment on the front steps of Missouri’s Capitol Building. July 4th, visit the exhibits showcasing some of Missouri’s finest history, thrilling carnival rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, food & craft vendors, six (6) entertainment stages, and a beer garden all covering 16 city blocks! Don’t miss the grand finale featuring a fabulous display of fireworks over the Missouri River to be viewed from the north lawn of the Capitol Building.
The Missouri State Museum’s Missouri Trailblazer exhibit highlights the often unknown Missouri people and institutions that made, did or discovered something new and made it part of our culture and history. Visit to discover Missouri’s champions of change, innovative geniuses and cultivators of creativity. Consider how you might be or become a Missouri trailblazer yourself. Missouri Trailblazers opens November 20 at 2 p.m. and will be on display through 2021 and beyond.
Each year, the National Lewis & Clark Conservation Awards recognize individuals and organizations that lead the charge for the appreciation and conservation of our natural resources in Missouri and beyond. Recipients of these awards represent leaders in business, philanthropy and conservation.
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were explorers, scientists, entrepreneurs, geographers, diplomats, and frontrunners of conservation in the United States. They overcame significant obstacles and challenges leading the Corps of Discovery through unforeseen circumstances and difficulties to change America forever. Like these famed explorers, our honorees’ incredible commitment and work have charted a course that others have and will continue to follow.
The Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation (MCHF) gives awards to conservation champions who have impacted conservation across the state, as well as across this country. Having an event of this caliber celebrating these efforts showcases our state’s commitment to protect our beautiful natural environment for generations to come. For 2021, the event is scheduled for May 20th at 5pm.
The Bicentennial Bridge to Adrian’s Island will provide a pedestrian and bike linkage between Jefferson City and Adrian Island, reconnecting and restoring Jefferson City’s historic relationship to the Missouri River. Interactive exhibits on the Bicentennial Bridge will interpret diverse transportation systems, including the river, rails, and roads, that affected the development of Jefferson City. The Bicentennial Bridge is scheduled to be completed and opened for the 2021 bicentennial celebration. The bridge will be open to the public, providing access to a passive public park on Adrian Island.