Beat the Traffic

Drink, stroll and party instead

What's the worst thing about Fair Saint Louis? The drive home. There's nothing less enjoyable than sitting in traffic, watching the temperature gauge on your car go higher while you go absolutely nowhere. But there isn't any way around it -- or is there?

This year, when the fireworks end (around 10 p.m.), instead of racing for your car, saunter over to Laclede's Landing (First Street and Lucas Avenue; 314-241-5875 or www.lacledeslanding.org), where the celebration goes on until 3 a.m. Participating merchants will have outdoor booths set up to continue serving both the food and the drink, although the drinks are cut off at 11 p.m. This is the Landing, though, so the alcohol will continue to flow indoors until 3 a.m. or closing time, whichever comes first. So you can stroll through the Landing, bratwurst in one hand and beer in the other, surrounded by other smart traffic-dodgers, enjoying the humid July evening and the beautiful cobblestone streets. If you move quickly, you can try out the new bleacher seats set up at First Street and Lucas Avenue. This temporary vantage point will provide an excellent view of the headliners at Rockin' on the Landing (Five for Fighting on Saturday, July 3, and Gin Blossoms on Sunday, July 4). Both of these musical performances are free, and they start at 10:30 p.m. -- Paul Friswold

Laclede's Landing implores you to come on down and 
get rockin'.
Laclede's Landing implores you to come on down and get rockin'.

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