Fourth of July 2018 Guide

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.

4th of July Celebration at Fort Leavenworth

Wednesday, 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.

In case of rain, this event will be held on the next clear evening.

IF YOU GO: All visitors to the celebration may enter through Grant Gate starting at 3:00 p.m. Expect delays as security checks and random vehicle inspections will be conducted at the gate. All 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.

Booms & Blooms Festival: Powell Gardens

Saturday, June 30. 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 BIG Backyard exhibit, vendors and musical performances (see website for more details). Food trucks arrive at 3 p.m. Children will want to come early for a splash through the Fountain Garden. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. 

Rain date: Sunday, July 1

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.

Olathe Red, White and Blue

Wednesday, 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.

Fourth of July: Stilwell

Wednesday, 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.

Gladstone's Independence Day Celebration

Wednesday, 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!

Celebrating the Fourth at the Farm

Wednesday, 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. Other activities include a chalk walk, old fashioned lawn games, a pig calling contest and more!

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

Independence Day Fireworks Display: Roeland Park

Tuesday, 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. at St. Agnes Athletic Field.

IF YOU GO: Walk to this event if possible, as parking is limited.

July 4th Celebration: Gardner

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, July 4. Join the Kansas City Royals at The K as they face the Cleveland Indians. 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

Tuesday, July 3 – Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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 & Grand stop to connect with the KC Riverfest shuttle.

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.

IF YOU GO: All activities included with regular site admission, $7/adults, $5/children ages 5-11, under 4 are free. Olathe residents receive $2/off admission. 

Prairie Village VillageFest

Wednesday, July 4. The day kicks off with a pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m., and continues will kids activities including face painting, pony rides, puppets, inflatables, and more from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

IF YOU GO: Get there early to avoid lines at this FREE event.

Leawood's July 4 Celebration

Wednesday, 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. The display will be choreographed to music and simulcast on 94.9 KCMO. 

IF YOU GO: Access to Legacy Park will open at 5 p.m. and close at 9:30 p.m. Bring a blanket for seating throughout the event!

Liberty 4th Fest

Tuesday, July 3. This local festival includes fun family activities, food trucks and a beer garden, cornhole tournament, 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

Friday, June 29 – Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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 9:45 p.m.

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

Red, White + Blast: Pleasant Valley Baptist Church (Liberty)

Saturday, June 30. 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

Wednesday, July 4. This year’s fireworks program includes a concert by Michael Dale featuring Monica Pearce. 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

Wednesday, 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 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.

Spirit of America Celebration: Raymore

Saturday, June 30. Join the Raymore Parks & Recreation Department for this annual tradition which includes live music, food trucks, entertainment and much more before a fireworks display at 9:40 p.m.

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

Wednesday, July 4. Join the City of Overland Park for an Independence Day celebration! Live musical performances will include the Overland Park Civic Band and The Elders, a local Celtic rock band. Food trucks and kids activities are highlights of the evening.

Fireworks begin at approximately 9:45 p.m.

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 …

Flags for Freedom: Merriam

Saturday, June 30 – Saturday, July 7

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