July 7, 2020, Update: Gateway Arch National Park is delaying Phase II visitor access originally scheduled to begin Wednesday, July 8. Phase II includes the reopening of the Tram Ride to the Top and Documentary Movie as well as outdoor National Park Service programming. These experiences will remain unavailable until further notice. The Gateway Arch Visitor Center, Museum at the Gateway Arch, The Arch Store and the Arch Café are currently open for visitor access. Please continue to check www.gatewayarch.com for the latest updates.
Riverboats at the Gateway Arch COVID-19 Update: As we continue to monitor and assess the evolving health situation and follow guidance from federal and local health departments, we plan to re-introduce our cruise lineup slowly and carefully. At this time, the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch will only offer the one-hour St. Louis Riverfront Cruise. When we deem it appropriate, we will re-introduce other cruise experiences.
Gateway Arch visitors must enter the monument through the new west entrance, which faces Fourth Street and the Old Courthouse. The Gateway Arch legs have become exits only. Tram tickets will sell out early and often - advance tickets are strongly recommended. Please allow at least 30 minutes to go through security.
The Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse will be open for visitors during Fair Saint Louis, July 4, 5 & 6 at Gateway Arch National Park. The National Park Service is expecting large crowds at Gateway Arch National Park beginning midday each day and lasting until 10 p.m.
Those days, visitors to the Arch are strongly encouraged to plan ahead of their Gateway Arch visit. All tram ticket holders are advised to arrive at the Arch grounds at least 60 minutes ahead of your scheduled tram time to go through two security checkpoints. Multiple street closures will be in place and parking will be in high demand – visit getaroundstl.com for a list of parking locations or plan to arrive by MetroLink to the 8th & Pine or Laclede’s Landing Stations.
Below is additional information for visitors and Gateway Arch Tram ticket holders coming to the Arch grounds during Fair Saint Louis.
Yes! July 4, 5 & 6, the Arch will operate in shortened hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the Old Courthouse is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Arch will revert to its normal hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. starting Sunday, July 7.
Any time during the Fair, the National Park Service invites you to take a break from the heat and head inside to the Arch. (And to the A/C!) Restrooms inside the Arch Visitor Center are available.
Explore the six museum exhibit galleries and learn about the history of St. Louis and its role in westward expansion. Take a Tram Ride to the Top to see all of the fairgoers on the Arch grounds…. from 630 feet in the sky!
The National Park Service will host these special programs:
An 1819 Fourth of July Celebration: Thursday, July 4; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Discover the story of Missouri statehood and experience how St. Louisans celebrated the Fourth of July in 1819. Living history volunteers will lead speeches and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Participants will enjoy period music and dancing from 12-4 p.m. Costumes are not required to participate. Program will take place on the mezzanine in the Arch Visitor Center.
Elizabeth Keckley Storytelling Program: Friday, July 5; 1-3 p.m. Elizabeth Keckley was an African-American woman who came to St. Louis as a slave but left as a free woman, and eventually, she became Mary Todd Lincoln’s (Abraham Lincoln’s wife) seamstress. Artistic storyteller Marlene Rivero will portray this historic figure and share Elizabeth’s story through performance and song. This live performance is suitable for all ages and will take place in the Riverfront Era exhibit gallery in the Museum at the Gateway Arch.
Story Stitchers, Pick the City UP Tour: Saturday, July 6; 1-2 p.m. Saint Louis Story Stitchers’ unique brand of urban storytelling featuring live original St. Louis hip-hop, spoken word, dance and poetry on experiences of African Americans living in the City of St. Louis, with a focus on African-American history and an awareness and reduction of gun violence. This live performance is suitable for all ages and will take place on the mezzanine in the Arch Visitor Center.
America’s Birthday Parade (VP Parade) will kick off at noon at 20th & Market streets in Downtown St. Louis. It will travel east and end at Broadway & Market Street. Fair Saint Louis gates will open at noon on Thursday, July 4 and Saturday, July 6; and at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 5.
Fair Saint Louis gates are located at Fourth and Broadway (Gate 1), on Fourth Street between Market and Walnut (Gate 2), at Fourth and Chestnut (Gate 3), and at the north end of the Gateway Arch grounds (Gate 4).
Both the parade and Fair Saint Louis are free and open to the public; tickets are not required.
Gateway Arch visitors: As always, entrance to the Arch Visitor Center and the Museum at the Gateway Arch is free. The Tram Ride to the Top and Documentary Movie, however, do require a ticket. The Tram Ride to the Top of the Gateway Arch sells out early and often. Please purchase your Tram Ride to the Top and Documentary Movie tickets at gatewayarch.com/buytickets.
Yes, there will be an ADA viewing area near Front of House in front of the main stage. This seating area will be first come, first served.
One of the great Fair traditions is the variety of food and beverage vendors who travel from all over the country to participate in America’s Biggest Birthday Party. Concession stands on the park grounds will sell food, soda, water and alcoholic beverages.
No, guests cannot bring their own food and drink into the fairgrounds. One factory-sealed water bottle up to 1 liter is allowed, as well as an empty plastic water bottle. There will be free water refill stations located throughout the Fair footprint.
Visitors CAN bring the following items into the park grounds: blankets; umbrellas (small, handheld style); baby strollers and wagons; baby diaper bags; electric wheelchairs; regular-sized bags; portable/collapsible chair; empty plastic water bottle; one factory sealed water bottle up to 1 liter; binoculars; pocket-sized/still camera equipment; and service animals into the park grounds. All items are subject to inspection.
Visitors CANNOT bring the following items into the park grounds: alcoholic beverages; outside food; glass or metal containers of any kind; unsealed containers over 1 liter; coolers of any kind; large containers; knives; explosives; illegal substances of any kind; drones; pets; bicycles, skateboards, scooters, or personalized motor vehicles of any kind; fireworks; pop-up tents; professional recording and/or photography equipment (Fair Saint Louis defines professional lens cameras as a digital SLR with a detachable lens); selfie sticks; signs and/or banners.
The National Park Service is expecting large crowds at Gateway Arch National Park on July 4, 5 & 6. Those days, visitors to the Arch are strongly encouraged to plan ahead of their Gateway Arch visit. All tram ticket holders are advised to arrive at the Arch grounds at least 60 minutes ahead of your scheduled tram ride time. There will be four access points to enter the Arch grounds: Fourth and Broadway (Gate 1), on Fourth Street between Market and Walnut (Gate 2), at Fourth and Chestnut (Gate 3), and at the north end of the Gateway Arch grounds (Gate 4).
Tram ticket holders and visitors to the Museum at the Gateway Arch must also go through a second security checkpoint inside of the Gateway Arch facility.
Visitors to the Arch must enter the monument at the new glass west entrance, which faces the Old Courthouse. The Arch legs are exits only. Visitors must first enter the park grounds via one of four Fair Saint Louis security access points: Fourth and Broadway (Gate 1), on Fourth Street between Market and Walnut (Gate 2), at Fourth and Chestnut (Gate 3), and at the north end of the Gateway Arch grounds (Gate 4).
Gateway Arch National Park does not have designated on-site visitor parking. Visit getaroundstl.com for a list of parking locations or to avoid traffic and parking downtown, plan to arrive by MetroLink to the 8th & Pine or Laclede’s Landing stations.
There will be numerous road closures near and around Gateway Arch National Park. Please check local media for more information about road closures.
Fair Saint Louis and the National Park Service are working closely with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, St. Louis Fire Department, and private security teams to ensure we have the appropriate levels of security at Gateway Arch National Park during Fair Saint Louis.
Yes. Hosting a safe celebration is the first priority for the National Park Service and Fair Saint Louis. The event footprint will cover a designated area centered around Gateway Arch National Park, and several safety checkpoints will be stationed at each entrance. Together, the National Park Service and Fair Saint Louis are working with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and other partners on securing each entrance. July 4, 5 and 6, visitors must enter the park grounds via one of four Fair Saint Louis security access points: Fourth and Broadway (Gate 1), on Fourth Street between Market and Walnut (Gate 2), at Fourth and Chestnut (Gate 3), and at the north end of the Gateway Arch grounds (Gate 4).
The Fair Saint Louis team is actively working with public emergency personnel and park officials to ensure their inclement weather plan remains valid for this year. In the event of bad weather, updates will be published to fairsaintlouis.org, the Fair’s social media channels and the FairSTL app, as well as through traditional media and on the jumbotron screens on the fairgrounds.