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.

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Hosts Events during Independence Day Weekend

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Hosts Events during Independence Day Weekend

June 27, 2016

WHAT: 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. 

“Independence Day is a wonderful time to commemorate our nation’s freedom,” said Rhonda Schier, Chief of Museum Services and Interpretation. “On behalf of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, we congratulate all those who will become American citizens during the Naturalization Ceremony. We welcome park neighbors and visitors to celebrate the Fourth of July with us by participating in the special programs and music, enjoying the patriotic decorations in the Old Courthouse, and taking a tram ride to the top of the Gateway Arch for views of one of our country’s premier cities and the mighty Mississippi.”

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. 

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. These ranger talks are free.

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.

WHERE:         Old Courthouse, 11 North Fourth Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

COST:             Free and open to the public

CONTACT:      Call 1-877-982-1410 for more information or visit,, or

PARKING: A list of Downtown St. Louis parking locations within walking distance from the Arch and Old Courthouse is available at Metered street parking is also available around the Old Courthouse. Visitors are encouraged to check for up-to-date information on road detours and construction surrounding the Arch grounds before their visit.

ARCH TICKETS: A timed Journey to the Top or Arch Entry-Only ticket is required to enter the Gateway Arch facility. Visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance at, by calling 877-982-1410, or visiting the Arch Ticketing & Visitor Center at the Old Courthouse.

ABOUT: The Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse are part of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, located on the riverfront in downtown St. Louis. The park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  Most programs are FREE of charge and open to the public. Programs and events at the park are made possible by the generous support from our cooperating association, Jefferson National Parks Association, and Bi-State Development. To purchase Arch tickets, go online to, or call 877-982-1410, or visit the Arch Ticketing & Visitor Center at the Old Courthouse. The Arch’s museum is closed for renovations until mid-2017.

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