4th of July Family Fun Fest

6/30/2017 to 7/3/2017 | Washington State Park | De Soto, MO

Friday, June 30
  • 6:30 p.m. - Annual Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest - Campground Showerhouse Entrance
    Join Washington State Park interpretive staff for this fun summer annual competition and see who can send a watermelon seed flying!
Saturday, July 1
  • 2 p.m. - Petroglyph and Glade Tour - Petroglyph Site
    This guided interpretive walk highlights two of Washington State Park's unique features.  The walk begins with a tour of the ancient Native American rock carvings and will then venture out onto the glade, where visitors will learn about life on this landscape. 
  • 4 p.m.  - Nature Hour - Campground Amphitheater
    Ready for some competition?  During this Nature Hour, Washington State Park interpretive staff will give you the opportunity to compete.  There will be a sidewalk chalk competition for kids of all ages.  Drawings will be judged on patriotic theme and originality. 
  • 7 p.m. -  Nature Superheroes - Campground Amphitheater
    How much do you know about nature's superheroes?  There are some incredible creatures in nature with super powers!  Join Washington State Park staff to learn more about nature's superheroes. 
Sunday, July 2
  • 2 p.m. - Petroglyph and Glade Tour - Petroglyph Site
    This guided interpretive walk highlights two of Washington State Park's unique features. The walk begins with a tour of the ancient Native American rock carvings and will then venture out onto the glade, where visitors will learn about life on this landscape. 
  • 4 p.m. - Nature Hour - Campground Amphitheater
    Ready for some competition?  During this Nature Hour, Washington State Park interpretive staff will give you the opportunity to compete. There will be a sidewalk chalk competition for kids of all ages.  Drawings will be judged on patriotic theme and originality. 
  • 7 p.m. -  Washington State Park:  The First 1000 Years - Campground Amphitheater
    Washington State Park has a rich history spanning back hundreds of years. From petroglyphs to the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) construction, it truly has a history "carved in stone." Join Washington State Park interpretive staff as they take you back through time to learn about the history of the park.
Monday, July 3
  • 10 a.m. - Wildflower Walk - Petroglyph Site
    Enjoy the summer season with a wildflower walk! The walk will begin at the petroglyph site, taking in the petroglyph glad and the sights of summer. 
  • Noon - Petroglyph and Glade Tour - Petroglyph
    This guided interpretive walk highlights two of Washington State Park's unique features. The walk begins with a tour of the ancient Native American rock carvings and will then venture out onto the glade, where visitors will learn about life on this landscape. 
  • 2 p.m. - Volleyball - Campground Entrance
    Join Washington State Park interpretive staff for a friendly game of volleyball - without all the rules.
  • 5 p.m. -  Judging of Patriotic Campsite Decoration Contest - Campground
    Ready for some competition?  Washington State Park interpretive staff will give you the opportunity to compete.  Show your patriotic colors with our campsite decoration contest.  Spend the weekend decorating your site, and see if you win a prize! Judging considerations will be patriotic appropriateness, originality and attractiveness. The judges will be area veterans. Campers need to complete decorations by noon on Monday, July 3, and remove them before vacating the campsite. 
  • 7 p.m. - Storybook Time - Campground Amphitheater
    Settle in for a good book with Washington State Park interpretive staff!  The staff will lead the nature-themed storytelling hour.

All events last approximately one hour and are weather and conditions permitting and subject to change. Click here to read the news release.

13041 State Hwy. 104, De Soto, MO | (636) 586-5768

Associated activities

  • Interpretive Programs