The fireworks, by J & M Displays, were set off on barges anchored in the middle of the Mississippi River. The fireworks were presented by Edward Jones that started around 9:35 p.m. The Coast Guard and St. Louis Fire Department inspect the fireworks setup each year for safety.
This was the first time we have visited the Malcolm W. Memorial Park and it was wonderful. All the parking spots by 9:20 p.m. were taken so if you plan on going next year, you will need to get there early enough to get a spot.
The popular Mississippi River Overlook was inundated with people and photographers so we took the path of least resistance which turned out to be an empty field that smelled of freshly cut grass. It was a beautiful steamy night, really. By the end of the fireworks, the smell of grass was mixed with smoke. It was a unique fragrance that lingered on for a while due to the stillness of the night.
Live fireworks hit all the senses unlike any video game. The explosions are so loud they can damage your ears and the lingering smoke is actually cancerous. Like drinking a shot of whisky and chasing it down with a cigarette, it’s probably not healthy but it sure makes you feel good at the time.