Watch the red, white and blue sky with these 4 picturesque spots

To celebrate the 241st Independence Day, head down to Columbia’s annual 4th of July celebration in Flat Branch and Peace Park. The Fire in the Sky event hosted by Columbia Parks and Recreation will have children’s activities, food trucks, arts and crafts and plenty of entertainment — including performances by The Fried Crawdaddies and Norm Ruebling Band —  all beginning at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks will commence at 9:15 p.m. to choreographed music simulcast on KBXR/102.3 FM.
The fireworks will be launched from the parking garage at Sixth and Cherry, and streets around the garage will be closed. So be prepared to drive with patience, or to take a longer walk.
The best places to park will be north of Broadway, east of Eighth Street and south of Elm. 
Vox has the best spots in town to watch the show in all it’s red, white and blue glory.
Peace Park
Columbia’s very own central park will have plenty of shaded areas and will be one of the active places of the city’s festivities. One of the most unobstructed views of the fireworks show. Be right in the center of it all to ring in the night.
Where: 401 S. Ninth St
Flat Branch Park/MKT Trail
Also associated with the city’s efforts in the festivities is Flat Branch Park, another prime location to watch the sky light up. If you want to stay active during the day, walk, bike or hike the MKT Trail beforehand which will lead right into the park.
Where: 300 S. Providence Road
The Quad
The Francis Quadrangle is the historical center of Mizzou, and what better place to celebrate our history than right in the heart of campus where you can get an open view of the firework show. And with the historic columns as a backdrop, the Insta-worthy pics are endless.
The Roof
What other perfect way to watch fireworks than by sitting parallel to them. After dancing and sharing some cocktails with friends, The Roof gives the perfect view of the firework show. Make sure to get your phone ready to take great pictures of Columbia's downtown landscape next to the colorful firework display. 
Where: 1111 E. Broadway
Originally published by Vox Magazine on July 3, 2017

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