July 4 celebration to take place downtown

            The St. James Chamber of Commerce announced they will hold the annual July 4 fireworks display this year, with some changes expected due to COVID-19. Fireworks will be fired from the water tower on the north side of I-44 near the middle school and can be viewed from areas on that side of town.

            Due to COVID-19 restrictions at the Missouri Veterans Home-St. James, the site had to be moved since the facility is not allowing visitors. Fireworks can be easily viewed from Hutcheson Ford, 1st Assembly of God Church, 1st Church of God, and the Tourist Information Center parking lot, should residents want to park their vehicles in those lots to view the display. The middle school grounds cannot be used as a gathering site, due to being in the fall-out area.

            Other areas may also be able to view the display if they are on the north side of town, but the Chamber encourages participants to use the parking lots of these facilities, as there is ample parking available.

            This year’s display is being put on thanks to sponsors who helped fund the event. These include the Missouri Veterans Home Assistance League, Hutcheson Ford Sales, The James Foundation, Phelps County Bank, Sakelaris Ford & Lincoln, 1st Assembly of God, Beth Gardner, Cohen Architectural Woodworking, Grellner Sales & Service, H&R Block, Heroic Heat & Air, Huffman Lawn and Landscaping, Just a Taste, Maries County Bank, Marsha Wyman, Mitchell Clinic, Sybill’s Restaurant & Gift Shop, and Town & Country Bank.

            The display will be fired at dusk on July 4, at approximately 9:30 p.m. for those wanting to join this year’s celebration. The event is free to the public. For more information, visit the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.


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