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June 30, 2022

Metro Transit is Your Ticket to Fun at Fair Saint Louis

Fair Saint Louis is back in downtown St. Louis July 2 through July 4, and Metro Transit is a great option to safely and conveniently enjoy all of the excitement. Fair Saint Louis 2022 features food, fun, live concerts, and activities at two different venues in downtown: Kiener Plaza and Ballpark Village.

With 20 Park-Ride lots and more than 10,000 free parking spaces, six MetroLink stations serving downtown St. Louis, and MetroLink trains arriving and departing downtown every 10 minutes, Metro makes it easy to enjoy all of the parade fun on Market Street and Fair festivities at Kiener Plaza and Ballpark Village, while avoiding street closures, traffic, parking hassles and high gas prices.

MetroLink will operate on a weekend schedule throughout the holiday weekend and on July 4, with trains arriving and departing downtown St. Louis every 10 minutes*.

*The last MetroLink trains leave downtown around midnight so check the weekend schedule in advance for eastbound and westbound departure times.  

America’s Birthday Parade | July 2
The celebration starts with the America’s Birthday Parade on Saturday, July 2, at 10 a.m. The parade will travel west on Market Street in downtown St. Louis.
MetroLink Stations: Union Station, Civic Center, Stadium (all located a block or two south of the parade route)
MetroBus Routes Serving Civic Center: #4 Natural Bridge, #10 Gravois-Lindell, #11 Chippewa, #19 St. Louis Ave., #30 Arsenal, #31 Chouteau, #32 Dr. ML King, #40 North Broadway, #41 Lee, #73 Carondelet, #74 Florissant, #94 Page, #97 Delmar

Fair Saint Louis | July 2: Day 1
All the festivities after the parade are at Ballpark Village on Saturday, July 2. The second day of the Gateway Legends Invitational kicks off at 11 a.m. Live music gets underway at 2 p.m. and runs through 11 p.m. at Ballpark Village. (Fireworks show only on July 4.)
MetroLink Station: Stadium Station

Fair Saint Louis | July 3 & July 4: Day 2 and Day 3
Check the Fair Saint Louis website for events and live music scheduled at Kiener Plaza and Ballpark Village. (Fireworks show only on July 4.)
MetroLink Stations: Stadium Station (for Ballpark Village events) and 8th & Pine Station (for festivities and entertainment at Kiener Plaza)

Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular | July 4
Fair Saint Louis concludes on July 4 with the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular at 9:30 p.m. along the riverfront at the grounds of the Gateway Arch. The spectacular is billed as the largest fireworks show in the Fair’s history.
MetroLink Stations: Laclede’s Landing (north of Gateway Arch), 8th & Pine (west of Arch)
*The last MetroLink trains leave downtown around midnight so check the weekend schedule in advance for eastbound and westbound departure times.  

Due to the popularity of Fair Saint Louis, MetroLink riders should expect trains to be crowded, particularly after the July 4 fireworks show. Metro will have extra security, law enforcement officers, personnel and volunteer employee ambassadors throughout the MetroLink system during the holiday weekend to assist passengers. Metro Public Safety is available at 314.289.6873 (phone) or 314.300.0188 (text).

Coolers, food and drinks cannot be taken into the Fair Saint Louis venues with the exception of one unopened water bottle per person. No eating, drinking, smoking or vaping (including e-cigarettes) is permitted on Metro vehicles or property. Alcohol and firearms are also prohibited on Metro Transit vehicles and property. Face masks are not required to ride Metro Transit, but all riders are welcome to wear masks if they choose to do so.

Fairgoers can use the Transit app to conveniently plan their trips to Fair Saint Louis and avoid lines at the ticket vending machines by purchasing a $5 Day Pass mobile fare to enjoy unlimited rides on MetroLink and MetroBus for an entire day.

In addition to a MetroLink, MetroBus is another great option to get to Fair Saint Louis festivities. Visitors can ride on any one of more than a dozen MetroBus routes to the Civic Center Transit Center, which is located just two blocks south of the parade route. Riders can also transfer to MetroLink at Civic Center, for easy access to the Stadium and 8th & Pine Stations, both near Fair Saint Louis venues. MetroBus will operate on the Saturday schedule on July 2 and the Sunday schedule on July 3 and July 4.

MetroBus Routes Serving Civic Center: #4 Natural Bridge, #10 Gravois-Lindell, #11 Chippewa, #19 St. Louis Ave., #30 Arsenal, #31 Chouteau, #32 Dr. ML King, #40 North Broadway, #41 Lee, #73 Carondelet, #74 Florissant, #94 Page, #97 Delmar

Fairgoers can find transit schedules and online trip planner at metrostlouis.org or they can contact Metro Transit Information at 314.231.2345 (phone) or 314.207.9786 (text), available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Metro Transit Information is closed on July 4.

More than 10,000 free parking spaces are available at 20 Park-Ride lots at MetroLink stations in Missouri and Illinois. Visit metrostlouis.org/park-and-ride for a full list of available Park-Ride locations and addresses. Large numbers of free parking spaces can be found at:

  • Brentwood I-64 Transit Center (900+ spaces)
  • North Hanley Transit Center (1,700+ spaces)
  • Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 Transit Center (800 spaces)
  • Emerson Park Transit Center (800+ spaces)
  • Fairview Heights Transit Center (800+ spaces)
Metro Transit operates the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes 24 battery electric buses and nearly 400 clean-burning diesel buses that serve 59 MetroBus routes in eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois. Metro also operates MetroLink light rail vehicles on 46 miles of track serving 38 stations in the two-state area, and operates Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro Transit is a Bi-State Development enterprise.