Celebrate Fourth of July in Kansas City

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.

Missouri

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.

IF YOU GO: This event, held annually at Recreation Park, lasts all evening so come prepared with essentials like sunscreen and water to help you beat the heat!

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!

IF YOU GO: Planning on taking the entire family to The K? Don’t miss our tips for taking your kids to a Royals game.

Kansas City Monarchs Sunday Funday

Sunday, July 4. Spend your Fourth of July at Legends Field as you cheer on the Kansas City Monarchs. Kids 10 and under eat FREE.

IF YOU GO: Don’t forget to bring a ball and glove for post-game catch on the field!

Liberty Fest

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.

IF YOU GO: Bring kites, bubbles, sports balls, and take advantage of the open field space.

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.

IF YOU GO: Parking surrounding the event is at a premium, so be sure to make use of shuttles running to/from the South Platte YMCA.

Platte City Fourth of July Celebration

Sunday, July 4. Free food, music and fun activities in downtown Platte City from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

IF YOU GO: Admission to Platte Ridge Park is free for this event. 

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.

IF YOU GO: If you’re looking for fireworks without all the fuss of a big event atmosphere, then this show’s for you. Got a boat? Even better.

Kansas

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.

IF YOU GO: The patriotic parade begins at 11 a.m. around the main loop. No fireworks allowed.

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.

IF YOU GO: Tailgating is permitted; however, alcohol, fireworks and open flames are prohibited. Restrooms will be available throughout CBAC and in the Meadow Lane Elementary and Olathe Northwest High School parking lots.

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.”

IF YOU GO: Around 9:15 p.m., Metcalf Road will close between Highway 69 and Metcalf Avenue to allow those attending to enjoy the firework display without traffic or headlights.

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.

IF YOU GO: All activities and entertainment are free. Attendees requiring special accommodations should contact the City Clerk’s Office at 913-856-0939 or by clicking here a minimum of one week prior to the event.

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.

IF YOU GO: All activities included with regular site admission, $5/children ages 5-11, under 4 are free. One free adult admission with each paid child admission. Olathe residents receive $2/off admission. 

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.

IF YOU GO: Many VillageFest traditions will not be held in 2021. Be sure to check the website for updated details.

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.

IF YOU GO: City Park will be closed to all vehicles the day of the event. Free shuttle buses will be running from the parking lots along the west side of Tomahawk Creek Parkway beginning at 10 a.m. Also, this is a cash-only event; organizers request attendees only use bills $20 and smaller.

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.

IF YOU GO: With an estimated crowd size of 100,000 people, matching shirts and bandanas (in addition to comfortable walking shoes) can’t hurt …

Additional Events to Check Out

Flags 4 Freedom
June 26- July 10

Independence Day 1855
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., July 4
Missouri Town (Lee’s Summit)

Sarah grew up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza, and now Overland Park. Sarah is mom to 10-year-old, Henry, 7-year-old Clark and 5-year-old Lucy. She has her master’s in urban administration and is passionate about making Kansas City a more equitable and supportive community. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, hike, travel as much as possible, and experience all things Kansas City!