Typically a summertime treat, the city of Kirkwood and the Kirkwood Special Business District will host its first Winter Fireworks Festival on Saturday, Dec. 29.
"We had to cancel our Fourth of July fireworks because of the drought and the high risk of fire," said Beth von Behren, public information officer for Kirkwood. Community leaders came up with the idea of rescheduling the fireworks display during the holidays, she said.
"I think people are excited about it," von Behren said. "It's a good way to get people down to downtown Kirkwood, too."
The Winter Fireworks Festival starts with music from Project 324 at 5 p.m. at Station Plaza (near the intersection of South Kirkwood Road and East Madison Avenue, Kirkwood, Mo., 63122). The 15-minute fireworks show begins at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks will be launched from the City Hall parking lot. In the event of inclement weather, the show will be postponed until Sunday, Dec. 30.
Tom Drabelle, director of public relations for O'Fallon, Mo., knows a bit about fireworks in the winter. The city has put on a fireworks display as part of their Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll for as long as he can remember. Cold weather doesn't deter people from enjoying the show, he said.
"It's a huge draw, and people get really excited," Drabelle said.
The Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll is 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Celebration of Lights in Fort Zumwalk Park. Families are invited to watch the fireworks, walk through the light display, and enjoy music, crafts and Santa Claus.
Fireworks will also be exploding over First Night St. Louis. The New Year's Eve celebration offers two fireworks shows on Dec. 31, 2012. First Night River Bend also offers two New Year's Eve fireworks displays on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey.