ALERT: The Gateway Arch Ticketing & Visitor Center has relocated to the Old Courthouse at 11 N. 4th Street. The walking distance between the Old Courthouse and the Arch entrance at the SOUTH leg is approximately 0.3 miles (7 minutes of average walking time). EACH guest planning to enter the Gateway Arch will be required to have EITHER a Journey to the Top ticket or an Arch Entry-Only ticket to be allowed access to the facility.  Tram tickets will sell out early and often - advance tickets are strongly recommended.

Please Note: The Museum of Westward Expansion, located under the Gateway Arch is closed for significant renovations. Certain artifacts from the Museum are on display in exhibit galleries at the Old Courthouse.

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4th of July Celebrations at the Old Courthouse 2016

Date: July 1, 2016 to July 4, 2016

Location: Old Courthouse

Price: FREE and Open to the Public

In honor of Independence Day, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial hosts special events at the Old Courthouse, including a Naturalization Ceremony on July 1, a reading of the Declaration of Independence and live music on July 4, and ranger-led educational programs in the Courthouse Museum galleries throughout the weekend.  The Old Courthouse is fully decorated with red, white and blue bunting, multiple American flags on every interior balcony, and a giant 20 foot by 40 foot Garrison flag as the centerpiece to the historic Rotunda.

FRIDAY, JULY 1

NATURALIZATION CEREMONY
At 1:00 p.m. in the Old Courthouse Rotunda, approximately 25 new citizens will recite the Oath of Allegiance and complete the final paperwork to become naturalized American citizens. The Manchester Elks Lodge 2058 will make their annual Stars and Stripes flag donation to the park at the beginning of the ceremony. 

SATURDAY, JULY 2 –  MONDAY, JULY 4

RANGER TALKS IN THE OLD COUTHOUSE GALLERIES
National Park Service rangers will be on hand from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to share stories about the overlanders, Lewis & Clark, Native Americans of the West, and the fight for freedom from slavery in the St. Louis Courthouse.  Also on tap are stories about the Battle of St. Louis in 1780, the westernmost battle of the Revolutionary War.

MONDAY, JULY 4

CONCERTS, COURTROOM PROGRAMS & DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE READING
In the Old Courthouse Rotunda, visitors will enjoy live concerts by the Independent Silver Band at 1 and 3 p.m.  The band, from Mt. Vernon, Ill., will play 19th-century instruments. There will also be reading of the Declaration of Independence by Anne Williams at 2:00 p.m. Ranger-led programs on the 1856 elections and the 1867 suffragettes will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Old Courthouse’s East Courtroom, located on the second floor.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse 2017

Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse 2017

Date: Every Wednesday until December 20, 2017

Time: Noon

Location: Old Courthouse Rotunda | 11 N 4th St, St. Louis, MO

Price: FREE

Winterfest at the Arch 2017

Winterfest at the Arch 2017

Date: Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday until January 1, 2018

Time: 2pm - 9pm

Location: Kiener Plaza

Price: Rink entry is FREE. Skate rentals available.

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