Everything You Need to Know About the Fourth of July in Kansas City

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Crowds swell as night draws near, heralding the jaw-dropping light shows to come. Grills spark to life amidst neighborhood barbecues and get-togethers. These nostalgic sights, sounds and scents help define Independence Day as the perfect midsummer holiday. With all kinds of fireworks and festivals taking place, celebrating the Fourth of July in Kansas City is a full weekend affair—and then some.

Here’s everything you need to know about July Fourth in Kansas City:


Festivals and Fireworks

WWI Museum Entrance

Pack a blanket and gather on the lawn of the National WWI Museum and Memorial on July 2 for the Stars and Stripes Picnic. Starting at 3 p.m., guests are welcome to picnic and browse the offerings available from more than 50 local vendors. The evening's entertainment begins at 6 p.m., with a spectacular fireworks display slated to begin after dusk.

 

Man waving American flag in front of crowd at the Kansas City Live Block

A new series of celebrations lands at the Power & Light District over Independence Day weekend. On July 2, Red, White and BOOMbox brings DJs, bar crawls and all-inclusive options to the KC Live! Block. The next day, watch the Royals with a sea of other fans in one of the city's finest gameday atmospheres at Red, White and Baseball.

 

Fourth of July Fireworks

In Overland Park, settle in for a show on the Fourth of July during the Star Spangled Spectacular at Corporate Woods Founders' Park, which features food trucks and local performers in addition to a brilliant fireworks show. Concerts begin at 6 p.m., with the fireworks show slated to begin at approximately 9:45 p.m.

For another Sunflower State show, head to Olathe for the city's Fourth of July fireworks.

 

Downtown Weston

On July 4, enjoy an all-day Fourth of July celebration in Parkville, featuring a pancake breakfast, a skydiving exhibition, parade and more festivities before the evening's fireworks show. For even more dazzling sights, head to Weston on July 2 for a parade and an illuminating display of fireworks in a charming small-town setting during the city's Fourth of July commemoration.

Even more Show-Me State sights over the Fourth of July Weekend include the Lee's Summit Legacy Blast on July 1, Liberty Fest on July 3 (featuring a beer garden and more) in Liberty, and Red, White, & Blue Springs on July 4.

Favorite Family Activities

Sporting KC fan holding American flag in a crown

If you're looking for a little competition to round out your Independence Day celebrations, you're in luck. At Children's Mercy Park, Sporting KC takes on the New York Red Bulls on July 3. Next door at Legends Field, catch the 2021 American Association champions in action as the Kansas City Monarchs play a holiday weekend home series, July 1-3.

If you're looking for an athletic outing of your own, the Ward Parkway Four on the Fourth offers a 4-mile run and 1-mile walk on the morning of Independence Day.

 

Riders on the Patriot at Worlds of Fun

For those who prefer high-flying thrills, don't miss the Fourth of July celebration at Worlds of Fun. Spend the day exploring both Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun with a single ticket, then wrap up your adventure with the evening's spectacular fireworks show over the park.

 

Truman Library

Now open seven days a week, step into the updated Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum after a $29 million renovation, offering a modern and interactive look at the life and legacy of America’s 33rd president.

 

Mahaffie Stagecoach
 
In Olathe, immerse yourself in regional history during the 1860s Independence Day Celebration at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm, including cookstove demonstrations, stagecoach rides and more.
 
 

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