Celebrate Fourth of July in Kansas City

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Make your plans to celebrate Fourth of July 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.

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Spirit of America Celebration: Raymore

Friday, July 1. Enjoy food trucks, children’s activities, live music by the 50+ piece American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City (sponsored by the Raymore Arts Commission) at 7 p.m. and then music from rock cover band Rosenbridge KC until it’s time for fireworks 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!

Smithville Lake Dam Fireworks Display

Friday, July 1. 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 around 9 p.m.

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 City Monarchs Star Spangled Weekend

July 1-3. Spend your Fourth of July weekend at Legends Field as you cheer on the Kansas City Monarchs. Promotions include sky divers, game night, post-game fireworks (July 2-3) and more.

IF YOU GO: Kids 10 and under eat FREE!

Liberty Fest

Sunday, 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

Monday, July 4. Parkville’s traditional salute to Independence Day includes a pancake breakfast, a community parade, food, fun, shopping, a skydiving exhibition, and our Fireworks Finale at 9:30 p.m. Be sure to check the website for a full list of fun events throughout the day.

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

Monday, July 4. Cotton candy, popcorn, bounce house and mega obstacle course in downtown Platte City from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

IF YOU GO: All food and activities are FREE!

Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival

Monday, July 4. Love Blues? Celebrate Fourth of July in the capital city! Opening ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. and music continue until dark. The festival ends with a spectacular fireworks show lighting up the sky.

IF YOU GO: The festival is FREE. But, the Topeka Blues Society accepts donations to support its growth.

Kansas City Royals Post-Game Fireworks

Friday, July 8. While the Royals are on the road during Fourth of July weekend, you can catch fireworks a week later as they take on the Cleveland Guardians. Just stay in your seats after the last out and enjoy the show!

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.

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Independence Day: 1860s Style

Saturday, July 2. Experience Independence Day 1860s style with a reading of the Declaration of Independence, cookstove demonstrations, stagecoach rides and more. Visitors can also meet Lady Columbia and Uncle Sam. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnics for this all-American celebration. Cost is $7 per adults and $5 per child ages 5-11. Olathe residents receive $2 off admission. Children age 4 and under are free. Admission includes all activities.

IF YOU GO: Don’t miss a reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon and 2 p.m. followed by cannon firing.

Celebrating the Fourth at the Farm

Monday, 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

Monday, July 4. Celebrate Independence Day in Olathe with the annual fireworks display at College Boulevard Activity Center (11031 S. Valley Pkwy.). The show begins at dark, approximately 9:45 p.m.

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.

July 4th Celebration: Gardner

Monday, 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 3 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.

Prairie Village VillageFest

Monday, July 4. Pancake breakfast, bounce houses, face painting, carnival rides, petting zoo, pony rides and free swim at the PV pool. Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 77th and Mission.

 

IF YOU GO: Register for the pie baking contest by June 30.

Leawood's July 4 Celebration

Monday, July 4. Celebration in the Park starts at noon and features: kids activities and e, food vendors, live music and fireworks. Bust a move to live music, laugh as neighborhood kids bounce in inflatables, and race your own family down the slide or through the obstacle course! Chow down on delicious food from food truck vendors before the firework show caps off the night around 9:45 p.m.

IF YOU GO: Limited free parking along Tomahawk Creek Parkway and shuttle buses to and from City Park at no cost. (Shuttles run from 10 am through end of event with exception of during fireworks show.)

Star Spangled Spectacular: Overland Park

Monday, July 4. Visitors can enter Corporate Woods Founders’ Park at any time on the holiday. 109th Street will be closed during the event. Indian Creek Parkway, between building 40 and the grassy lawn of the park, will close around 7 p.m. The fireworks will begin at approximately 9:45 p.m. Rain date is July 5.

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 …

Mahaffie Family Fun: 1860s Style Fireworks

Thursday, July 7. Decorate your bikes, wagons, strollers and scooters and participate in the Mahaffie parade. Listen to the Olathe Civic Band perform on the grounds followed by a performance by The Wicked Liars. Learn about 1860s living history before enjoy the low-profile 1869s fireworks.

IF YOU GO: Concessions will be on sale including pie, ice cream, root beer and lemonade.

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!