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Every American Queen Steamboat Company river cruise is a celebration of America, but the chance to spend Independence Day onboard is a rare treat. Experience plenty of fanfare and one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays on this Memphis to St. Louis - 8-Day Journey that travels from the Lower to the Upper Mississippi River.

Journey Dates and Themes

June 28 - July 5 4th of July Celebration


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Day 1: Hotel Stay - Memphis, TN
Guests will enjoy a one-night luxury hotel stay at the Sherton Memphis Downtown before boarding the American Queen Steamboat the following evening.

Day 2: Embark - Memphis, TN
Explore the vibrant offerings of Memphis and take in the sights and sounds of the city. In the afternoon, guests will board the American Queen Steamboat to being the voyage and kick off the festivities with a Welcome Aboard Dinner.

Day 3: River Cruising
Relax and take in the view of the river, mingle with new friends, or join in a variety of onboard activities while the American Queen glides through beautiful American landscape.

Day 4: New Madrid, MO
Relive the battle and siege of New Madrid through the eyes of local soldiers with a visit and presentation at the Hunter-Dawson Historic Site. With the hop on-hop off deluxe steamcoach, explore the new 120-foot New Madrid Observation Deck and view the 20-mile-long Bessie Bend at the. Next, enjoy shopping downtown and experience how the culture is reflected in this ever changing river town from the Mississippian Indian period at the New Madrid Historical Museum. The tour also include stops to Veteran’s Park, the New Madrid County Courthouse, the cypress-framed antebellum mansion of the Hunter-Dawson State Historical Society, and the oldest house in New Madrid, the Hart-Stepp House Art Gallery.

Day 5: Cape Girardeau, MO
Cover the Cape Girardeau's history with a tour of the city, including stops to the Riverfront Murals, Red House Interpretive Center, Old St. Vincent's Church, Glenn House, and Red House Interpretive Center. The tour will also explore the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University, Old Bridge Overlook and Park, the Crisp Museum, and the Cape River Heritage Museum, where guests can pick up brochures for information or souvenirs.

Day 6: Chester, IL
Known as a founder of Chester, Samuel Smith built the first home in the city, established a ferry system, and began the construction of a mill in 1829. A native of Chester, England, Smith's wife Jane Thomas gave Chester, OH its name as a tribute to her hometown. The Chester area includes a number of state parks and historic sites, including The Liberty Bell of the West, The Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site, the French Creole-style Pierre Menard Home, and Kaskaskia Island, the only part of Illinois west of the current channel of the Mississippi River and the site of the first state capital of Illinois.

Day 7: St. Louis, MO
Tip your hat to America's founding fathers as we celebrate Independence Day in lively St. Louis.

Day 8: Disembark - St. Louis, MO
After breakfast, the iconic St. Louis’ Gateway Arch will mark the end of the journey.


2015 Journeys
Cabin Type Fares
LS Luxury Suite $4,999
AAA Suite $4,099
AA Superior Veranda $3,999
A Deluxe Veranda $3,899
B Veranda $2,899
C Veranda $2,799
Cabin Type Fares
D Veranda $2,699
E Deluxe Window $2,599
SO Single Veranda $3,399
F Inside $2,499
G Inside $2,299
SI Single Inside $2,799
Port Charges: $109


To book a journey please contact our tour VIP desk at +1 202 772 8000 or

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