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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.