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.
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4th of July Celebration at Fort Leavenworth
Tuesday, July 4. A celebration at Merritt Lake begins at 4 p.m. with concessions, games, a concert and a Salute to the Union at 8 p.m. Fireworks will begin at dusk. This event is free and open to the public with access to Fort Leavenworth through Grant Gate. There is no reserved seating – feel free to bring blankets or lawn chairs for use during the program.
Bonner Blast Fireworks Display: Bonner Springs
Thursday, June 29. An ice cream social and patriotic band concert are the highlights of this event held in downtown Bonner Springs at Kelly Murphy Park.
Booms & Blooms Festival: Powell Gardens
Saturday, July 1. Festival admission ($12/adults; $10/seniors; $5/children ages 5-12 with free parking for members, $5 parking for non-members) includes all day access to the gardens including the new Gardens of Myth exhibition, vendors and musical performances (see website for more details). Children will want to come early for a splash through the Fountain Garden. Fireworks begin at approximately 9 p.m.
City of Olathe Fireworks Show
Tuesday, 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.
Fourth of July Extravaganza: Kearney
Monday, July 3. Join other Kearney residents for this annual fireworks festival hosted by William E. Shull, Attorney at Law. Ice cream will be served until it runs out! Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Fourth of July: Stilwell
Tuesday, 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.”
Freedom Celebration: Greenwood
Saturday, June 24. The Freedom Celebration is an annual event with rides and games for kids, local vendors, live music, a car show and more. Wristbands for rides and games are available for $10 (children under 3 are free). Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Gladstone's Independence Day Celebration
Tuesday, July 4. The evening begins at 7 p.m. in Oak Grove Park with a concert by the Tony Gates Ensemble, followed by a concert by the North Star Community Band, a presentation of the Colors and a magnificent fireworks display which begins at dusk.
Harrisonville Hometown Celebration
Tuesday, July 4. This annual event kicks off at 11 a.m. with an all-ages bike parade, followed by pool games and contests, live entertainment, food, face painting, bounce houses and more. Fireworks begin at dusk.
Independence Day Celebration: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Independence)
Monday, July 3. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and watch performances by the Hughes Brothers and and the Spirit of Independence Concert Band, followed by a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
Independence Day Fireworks Display: Roeland Park
Monday, July 3. This display is offered by Fairway Parks & Recreation in partnership with the Cities of Westwood and Roeland Park, along with financial assistance from the cities of Westwood Hills and Mission Woods. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.
July 4th Celebration: Gardner
Tuesday, July 4. Live music, food vendors, bounce houses, face painting, portable zip lines (minimum weight for zip lines: 70 lbs, maximum weight: 250 lbs), interactive entertainment and more highlight this celebration hosted by Gardner Parks and Recreation. Fireworks begin at approximately 10 p.m.
Kansas City Royals Post-Game Fireworks
Friday, June 30. Join the Kansas City Royals for Buck Night at The K as they kick off a summer series with the Minnesota Twins. Fireworks begin at the end of the game.
Kansas City T-Bones Post-Game Fireworks
Monday, July 3 – Tuesday, July 4. Don’t miss an opportunity to catch some great holiday weekend baseball and head to CommunityAmerica Ballpark for a Kansas City T-Bones game! Fireworks begin at the end of each game.
KC Riverfest: Berkley Riverfront Park
Tuesday, July 4. KC RiverFest is the premiere Independence Day event in the region. The festival includes two stages of music, kids activities, tons of vendors and the self-described “largest fireworks show in the Midwest.” Fireworks begin at approximately 9:40 p.m.
Kearney Fireworks Celebration
Monday, July 3. Sponsored by the Kearney Chamber of Commerce, this annual event at the Kearney Amphitheater includes a concert, free inflatable attractions for children and concessions available for purchase. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Lansing's Independence Day Celebration
Friday, June 30. Lansing’s Independence Day Celebration includes inflatables for the kids along with various food vendors (including trucks from the KC Food Truck Mafia) and boasts one of the largest fireworks displays in the area.
Leawood's July 4 Celebration
Tuesday, July 4. Leawood City Park will be the host for an evening of family activities, entertainment, games and food before their fireworks finale. Admission is FREE with all access ride/activity bands for children ages 14 and under for just $5. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:45 p.m.
Legacy Blast Fireworks Extravaganza: Lee's Summit
Monday, July 3. Join the City of Lee’s Summit at Legacy Park for food vendors, local entertainers, and inflatables ahead of the fireworks finale which start around 9:30 p.m.
Liberty 4th Fest
Monday, July 3. This local festival includes fun family activities, food trucks and a beer garden, live music and a fireworks finale which will begin at approximately 10 p.m.
Parkville July 4th Celebration
Thursday, June 29 – Tuesday, July 4. With a little something for everyone, this weekend-long celebration includes a carnival, community parade, pancake breakfast, food and retail vendors, and a firework finale on July 4th. Admission is free, with rides and concessions available for purchase. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Platte City Fireworks Display
Tuesday, July 4. Sponsored by Platte City Parks and Recreation, this display is perfect for those who live farther north and may not want to venture into the city. Fireworks begin at approximately 9 p.m.
Red, White + Blast: Pleasant Valley Baptist Church (Liberty)
Saturday, June 24. In its third year, this community-wide event includes kid-friendly activities and inflatables, entertainment, food trucks, giveaways and more with a fireworks finale at dark.
Smithville Lake Dam Fireworks Display
Tuesday, 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.
Spirit of America Celebration: Raymore
Saturday, July 1. Join the Raymore Parks & Recreation Department for this annual tradition which includes a car show, refreshments, entertainment and much more before a fireworks display at sunset.
Star Spangled Spectacular: Overland Park
Tuesday, July 4. The Star Spangled Spectacular raises money for local charities in addition to the Overland Park Rotary Club Foundation. Food, music and a children’s play pavilion are some of the many highlights of the day’s event. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.
WaterFest: Excelsior Springs
Friday, June 23 – Sunday, June 25. In its 36th year, Excelsior Springs’ WaterFest features arts, crafts, a carnival, a classic car and truck show, live entertainment, a parade, water games for the kids and more. Highlights this year include Royals Hall of Famer Frank White as parade grand marshal and a “bigger and better” fireworks display Saturday night at dusk.