Your Guide to a Kansas City Fourth of July

Your Guide to a Kansas City Fourth of July

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.

IF YOU GO: Drivers must have a valid license, registration and proof of insurance and all passengers 16 and over must have a driver’s license or other form of government photo ID. Motorists with a Missouri driver’s license must provide valid supplemental documentation to enter the post.

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.

IF YOU GO: This low-key event may be the perfect way to start a long holiday weekend, especially if you’re trying to avoid big crowds with little kids in tow! Can anyone really say no to ice cream?

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.

IF YOU GO: Food, beer and wine are available for purchase on site, but picnics are allowed in the performance area only. In addition to blankets and lawn chairs, consider bringing a flashlight as some areas have limited lighting after the fireworks are over.

Celebrate America: Worlds of Fun

Saturday, July 1 – Tuesday, July 4. Don’t miss a full weekend of excitement at Worlds of Fun with a massive fireworks display each night at 10 p.m.

IF YOU GO: Check the website for amended holiday hours and ticket prices, including complimentary admission for active duty, retired or reserve military and veterans on Tuesday, July 4. Tickets can be purchased online at a discount if you purchase just a few days in advance, so plan ahead to maximize your savings!

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.

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.

Fireworks at Evangel

Saturday, June 24. Entertainment for the whole family with live music, inflatables, cheap meal deals and fireworks to end the night. 

IF YOU GO: To enjoy this family-friendly event in comfort, plan to pack your own chairs. Also, consider partnering with them for their Run to Serve the World 5K!

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.

IF YOU GO: This local event grows bigger every year! If you’re looking to avoid a crowd, or if you just want to get to know your neighbors a little better, then grab your blankets and chairs and don’t miss this event.

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.”

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.

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.

IF YOU GO: Parking at Hitt Park is limited to those with handicap tags and parking passes. Attendees are asked to use the free shuttle service at Fellowship of Greenwood on Main Street (150 Highway).

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.

IF YOU GO: Parking will be available at Oak Park High School with public safety officers directing traffic to/from Oak Grove Park. Don’t forget blankets and chairs!

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.

IF YOU GO: Pool hours have been extended to accommodate this all-day event.

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.

IF YOU GO: No alcohol, animals, smoking or fireworks are permitted at this event.

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.

IF YOU GO: Parking will be available at Bishop Miege and St. Agnes Parish.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

IF YOU GO: If this is your family’s first T-Bones game, then be sure to familiarize yourself with the team and ballpark with their handy A to Z at the Ballpark!

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.

IF YOU GO: Admission to the event is $5; children 12 and under are free. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, outside food and beverages are not. Attendees are encouraged to take the KC Streetcar from any stop downtown and get off at the 3rd Street stop to connect with the KC Riverfest shuttle; parking on-site is extremely limited this year due to construction at the park.

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.

IF YOU GO: Come with blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a picnic during the concert. Spectators are encouraged to have their vehicles parked prior to 9 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. 

IF YOU GO: The event has free parking and free admission until 7 p.m., so come early to secure your spot! Parking is $3 after 7 p.m. and the gates close at 9:30 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

IF YOU GO: Access to Legacy Park will open at 6 p.m. and close at 9:20 p.m. Bring a blanket for seating throughout the event!

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.

IF YOU GO: Bring your yard games, chairs, picnic food and non-alcoholic drinks. Beer and water will be available for purchase on-site.

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.

IF YOU GO: Parking surrounding the event is at a premium, so be sure to make use of shuttles running to/from South Platte Community Center, Park University and Park Hill South High School.

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.

IF YOU GO: Admission to Platte Ridge Park is free for this event. Also, popsicles will be distributed free of charge!

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.

IF YOU GO: Bring a lawn chair or blanket and snag a spot on the west lawn for the best view of the show! Plan to get there early and don’t miss the patriotic flyover happening at 7 p.m.

Red, White and Blue Springs

Tuesday, July 4. This year’s fireworks program includes a concert by Nashville recording artist Dustin Collins. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:45 p.m.

IF YOU GO: Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with entertainment starting at 7:30 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

IF YOU GO: This year’s event is back on Broadway! Don’t walk out the door without viewing the festival map for parking and seating availability.

Flags for Freedom: Merriam

Saturday, July 1 – Saturday, July 8

Taps at the Tower

Sunday, June 18 – Saturday, June 24

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