Memorial Day in Kansas City for Families

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Memorial Day in Kansas City always signals the beginning of summer. If you’re staying in town, there are lots of fun ways to honor our veterans while enjoying family time.

Celebration at the Station

Kansas City’s city-wide celebration returns in Sunday, May 29. Celebration at the Station starts with a patriotic concert from the Kansas City Symphony outside Union Station and the National WWI Museum and Memorial. You’ll also find food trucks, booths, and other live entertainment beginning at 5 p.m. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and concludes with a massive fireworks display.

Carnival in Downtown Parkville

Enjoy carnival rides and treats in downtown Parkville over the weekend. The carnival runs Friday, May 27; 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, May 28, noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, May 29, noon to 10 p.m.

Traveling Tribute Vietnam Wall at the WWI Museum (May 19-30)

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Wall, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., returns to the National WWI Museum and Memorial. Nearly 400 feet long and an 80 percent replica of the original, the display contains every name etched on the original memorial. New this year, AVTT also will display the Cost of Freedom Tribute – smaller tribute panels honoring American sacrifices in conflicts through the 20th and 21st centuries, including WWI, WWII, 9-11, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Oceans of Fun Opening DayOceans of Fun

Oceans of Fun opens May 28 and features a new ride – Riptide Raceway – the world’s longest mat-racing water slide! Little kids can visit Splash Island for kid friendly fun. Don’t miss the wave pool and lazy river!

Good for the Soul Weekend at KC Monarchs Games

Catch a KC Monarchs game at Legends Field with Blues and Brews, 70’s Funk Night and Jazz in the Park themes. Promotions include giveaways, fireworks, special food, and live music. Learn more.


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!


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