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Salute to America still on for Fourth of July

Salute to America still on for Fourth of July

June 9th, 2019 by Nicole Roberts in Local News

July Fourth thrill seekers try out the carnival rides on the midway at Salute to America Carnival Land on the eve of Independence Day in 2018.

Photo by Mark Wilson /News Tribune.

Despite flooding, Salute to America organizers said Fourth of July festivities are still set to take place in downtown Jefferson City.

Floodwaters have forced city officials to close several streets throughout Jefferson City, including some in the Millbottom and downtown areas.

Salute to America festivities will take up residence in parts of downtown July 3-4, event coordinator Penny Smith said Friday.

"Nothing has changed. We're not canceled," she said. "We're a month out, so we've got plenty of time to see how things set."

Organizers are considering parking alternatives and shuttling options, Smith said, but they have not finalized those plans yet.

They are also working with Capital Sand Company to arrange the fireworks show, Smith added.

"That's where we always have it, so I'm talking with them about how we could proceed," she said.

Salute to America includes a carnival, parade, live music, activities and food vendors.

The Missouri State Penitentiary Concert Inside the Walls aligned with the Fourth of July events in the past, but organizers held the fourth annual concert June 1 at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds this year, relocating due to tornado damage at the old penitentiary. However, organizers canceled the concert shortly after Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx started performing due to rain.

The concert was rain or shine, and those who purchased tickets will not receive refunds, Smith said.

However, organizers contacted the band to ask if they would be willing to return to Jefferson City and perform a concert for those who purchased tickets.

"We would like to make good on giving them the concert that they bought tickets for," Smith said. "But we won't know anything until we hear back from the band, and sometimes that takes time."

Organizers are talking to different venues about availability in case the musical act agrees to return to Jefferson City.