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O Say Come and See Cape Girardeau

We've decorated in red, white and blue, and we've got the fireworks ready. It's almost the Fourth of July!

Cape Girardeau's roots go back to the very beginning of our country. In fact, a Revolutionary War soldier is buried within the city's limits. Uriah Brock, a fifer in the Battle of Monmouth, Siege of '96 and various other battles, rests in Old Lorimier Cemetery.

If you're looking for a patriotic way to celebrate the United States' hard fight for freedom, spend Independence Day in Cape Girardeau. Here are a few things we have going on:

Fort D

Of Cape's four forts, only one is left standing today - Fort D.

As you enter the model encampment, you'll step back in time with people in period clothing and the scent of cannon fire welcoming you. Peruse a Civil War medical tent to see how wounds were treated, and check out what sort of meals the soldiers ate on the battlefield. With signs describing the fort's significance, it's the perfect way to celebrate freedom. Best of all, there's no admission charge. 

If loud, booming cannons aren't your thing, immerse yourself in Civil War history from the comfort of an air-conditioned car. With a self-guided driving tour, you can check out all the city's major Civil War sites at your own pace. Feel free to linger and soak it all in. Click here for the tour brochure


When it comes down to it, it's just not Independence Day without colored bursts lighting up the sky and insanely loud booms shaking the ground. 

Head to Arena Park for the admission-free Great American Fourth of July celebration with everyone's favorite fireworks show at dusk. Join the cheering crowd on the grandstands or relax on a blanket spread on the ground as vivid colors burst in the starlit sky above you. Just don't forget the bug spray. As any Missourian can tell you, there'll be one or two (or so) mosquitoes buzzing around. 

Happy Fourth, everybody! Let freedom ring!

For a complete list of all the local happenings and historic sites, go to

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