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, all while the first pitch is tossed before a game at The K. These nostalgic sights, sounds and scents help define Independence Day as the perfect midsummer holiday. Fireworks to 5Ks, festivals to flight shows, 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 Festivities

KC Air Show

Look to the sky for a mesmerizing series of performances at the KC Air Show. Featuring the famed U.S. Navy Blue Angels—celebrating their 75th anniversary in 2021—and more than two dozen additional performers, the show returns to New Century AirCenter on July 3 and 4.


WWI Museum Entrance

Pack a blanket and gather on the lawn of the National WWI Museum and Memorial on July 3 for the Stars and Stripes Picnic. Visit a local food truck (or bring your own dinner) and browse local goods from Strawberry Swing's selection of KC vendors before the fireworks show, slated to begin after dusk.


Fourth of July Fireworks

Settle in for a show on the Fourth of July during the Overland Park Star Spangled Spectacular at Corporate Woods Founders' Park. To maintain a safe environment, this year's event will not feature food trucks or entertainment prior to the fireworks show.


Downtown Weston

If you're looking for even more fireworks, head to Weston for illuminating displays in a charming small-town setting during the city's Fourth of July celebration.

Favorite Family Activities

Nothing says Independence Day quite like baseball. Thankfully, visitors and locals are in luck, because the Kansas City Royals will host a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins, July 2-4. Don't miss the Friday night fireworks spectacular for a special seasonal celebration.


Stop by the Kansas City Zoo for a full day of patriotic animal enrichment activities during Red, White and Zoo.


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