It’s a great time to celebrate in Kansas City! Here is a list of some of the top Independence Day celebrations across the Kansas City metro area, with tips for planning ahead with your family in mind. Please note that most events are weather permitting, so stay tuned to event websites, Facebook notices and news outlets as schedules are subject to change.
Spirit of America Celebration: Raymore
Friday, July 2. Join the Raymore Parks & Recreation Department for this annual tradition which includes live music, food trucks, entertainment and much more beginning at 7 p.m. at Recreation Park. Stay for the fireworks display at dusk.
Kansas City Royals Post-Game Fireworks
Friday, July 2. Join the Kansas City Royals at The K as they face the Minnesota Twins at 7:10 p.m. A fireworks spectacular begins at the conclusion of the game. Bonus: It’s Buck Night!
Saturday, July 3. This local festival, beginning at 6 p.m., includes fun family activities, food trucks and a beer garden, fishing, live music, veterans celebration, and a fireworks finale which will begin at approximately 10 p.m.
Parkville July 4th Celebration
Thursday, July 4. This annual celebration includes a carnival, community parade, pancake breakfast, food and retail vendors, and a firework finale. Admission is free, with rides and concessions available for purchase. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:45 p.m. The carnival runs July 3-6.
Smithville Lake Dam Fireworks Display
Sunday, July 4. The City of Smithville, in conjunction with Clay County, will provide a fireworks display launched from the north area of Smithville Dam. The display will be visible at the marina, by boat, or at Smith’s Fork Park. Fireworks begin at dusk.
Celebrating the Fourth at the Farm
Sunday, July 4. Celebrate Independence Day at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead. This is a great way to get the entire family involved in some patriotic fun. Bring your decorated bike for the parade and enjoy old fashioned lawn games and more fun activities. Admission fee applies. The farm closes at noon.
Olathe Red, White and Blue
Thursday, July 4. Enjoy the annual City of Olathe Fireworks Show at the College Boulevard Activity Complex (CBAC). Spectators are encouraged to arrive early and be prepared for high traffic volumes. Parking will be available at Olathe Northwest High School, Meadow Lane Elementary and the CBAC; however, Prairie Trail Middle School and the CBAC athletic complex will not be accessible during this event. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:45 p.m.
NEW THIS YEAR: The City of Olathe, through a partnership with J&M Displays, will provide an iPhone and Android app allowing users to hear music in sync with the fireworks show. Download the J&M Displays app from either app store for details.
Fourth of July: Stilwell
Sunday, July 4. Festivities include a community parade (anyone can participate!), a carnival, dinner and music. Per the website, “the firework display may launch as early as 9 p.m. but not later than 10 p.m.”
July 4th Celebration: Gardner
Sunday, July 4. Live music, food vendors, bounce houses, face painting, portable zip lines, interactive entertainment and more highlight this celebration hosted by Gardner Parks and Recreation at Celebration Park, beginning at 4 p.m. Fireworks begin at approximately 10 p.m.
Independence Day: 1860s Style
Wednesday, July 4. Independence Day in the 1860s was the biggest holiday of the year! Activities include a reading of the Declaration of Independence, marching drills, singing of patriotic songs, canon firing, and stagecoach rides. Pie, ice cream cream and root beer floats for sale.
A concert by the Olathe Civic Band will begin at 7:30 p.m., and will be followed by music from the Gum Springs Serenaders at 8:30 p.m. A Reading of the Declaration of Independence and a cannon firing around 9:20 p.m. will signal the start of the 1860s style Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Prairie Village VillageFest
Sunday, July 4. VillageFest To Go will be a drive-through event from 10 a.m. – noon. Residents are invited to decorate their car and parade through the municipal campus, 7700 Mission Road to see emergency vehicles and public works vehicles. Each child over the age of two will receive a bag of goodies, while supplies last. Please remain in your vehicle.
Leawood's July 4 Celebration
Sunday, July 4. Join in the celebration at Leawood City Park for family friendly festivities: bust a move to dance worthy live music, laugh as the neighborhoods kids race through inflatable obstacle courses, and enjoy delicious treats from food vendors starting at 6 p.m. Fireworks show at 9:45 p.m.
Star Spangled Spectacular: Overland Park
Sunday, July 4. Join the City of Overland Park for an Independence Day Fireworks at approximately 9:45 p.m. Rain date is July 5. There will be no entertainment or food/drink vendors as in previous years.