June 22, 2017

Contact: Communications Office

Family Fun Fest July 4th weekend at Washington State Park

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JUNE 22, 2017 – The public can kick off the Fourth of July weekend with a Family Fun Fest at Washington State Park near De Soto. The fun fest will begin Friday, June 30 and include a variety of events for all ages and interests through Monday, July 3.

The activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday with a watermelon seed-spitting contest and campers can begin decorating their campsites for the patriotic campsite contest. On Saturday and Sunday, the public can go on a guided walk to the park’s ancient Native American petroglyphs, join in a patriotic sidewalk chalk contest and hear a presentation on the park’s history. Monday will feature a wildflower walk, a tour of the petroglyphs, a volleyball game and interpretive program in the campground amphitheater.

Missouri State Parks is celebrating 100 years in 2017. Visitors can experience all the park system has to offer with the Centennial Passport. Visit for more information. 

Washington State Park is located 10 miles south of De Soto on Hwy. 21. For more information about the weekend, call the park at 636-586-5768. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.