For many Americans, the only Independence Day tradition that's more cherished than fireworks is spending time with friends and family. Delmar Gardens' founders Henry and Barbara Grossberg found a way to help their senior residents enjoy these traditions, while also involving the local community.
In 1982, the Grossbergs began offering a Labor Day fireworks celebration at Delmar Gardens South. This later became an Independence Day celebration, and soon expanded to the other Delmar Gardens facilities as well. These community-wide celebrations now include snow cones, petting zoos, face painting, inflatables, live music, hot dogs, nachos, ice cream, pretzels, clowns, games and prizes, and, of course, fireworks.
"We feel so blessed to have the support of our local fire and police departments, the area businesses, the local governments, as well as the neighboring households, that it is our pleasure and privilege to host events such as our annual fireworks displays, Easter Eggstravaganzas and fall festivals," said Kathy Gilmore, vice president of Delmar Gardens Enterprises.
The Independence Day celebrations, as well as the other events, such as their Easter Eggstravaganzas and fall festivals, are free and open to the public.
"The visitors seem to enjoy the interaction with the seniors as much as our seniors enjoy showing off their homes," Gilmore said.
Early Childhood Meets Retirement
In addition to community events geared to families, Delmar Gardens is home to three early childhood centers, which are located in the center of the nursing community. The concept originated with Gabe Grossberg, president and CEO of Delmar Gardens Enterprises and son of the company's founders.
"Gabe's vision was the first of its kind in the state of Missouri, so the regulations were written with us in mind," Gilmore said. "The children are not only relatives of our staff and residents, but many are friends from the neighborhood."
Gilmore said that nurturing the young alongside the young-at-heart has made for a successful business model.
"The daily intergenerational activities with the residents and children are incredible; it is a true amenity for both populations," Gilmore said.
For more information, visit delmargardens.com or call 636-733-7000.
Independence Day Events at Delmar Gardens
- Tuesday, June 26, 7 p.m.
Delmar Gardens of Meramec Valley , #1 Arbor Terrace, Fenton, Mo., 63026, 636-343-0016
- Wednesday, June 27, 7 p.m.
Delmar Gardens on the Green, 15197 Clayton Road, Chesterfield, Mo., 63017, 636-394-7515
- Thursday, June 28, 7 p.m.
Delmar Gardens South/Garden Villas South , 13457 Tesson Ferry Road, St. Louis, Mo., 63128, 314-843-7788
- Sunday, July 1, 7 p.m.
Delmar Gardens of O'Fallon/Garden Villas of O'Fallon, 7068 S. Outer 364, O'Fallon, Mo., 63368, 636-240-6100
- Tuesday, July 3, 7 p.m.
Delmar Gardens North/Garden Villas North, 4401 Parker Road, Florissant, Mo., 63033, 314-355-1516
Note: A shuttle will available at Parker Plaza beginning at 6:30 p.m.