It’s not often that you can catch a free Kansas City Symphony show, even rarer that it’d be outdoors. But the treasured orchestra pulls out all the stops for Memorial Day Weekend with Celebration at the Station, a concert now in its 16th year.
Celebrate the holiday with special guests, additional musical performances and a grand fireworks show that’s sure to wow onlookers of all ages. Be sure to arrive early: the event site opens at 3 p.m. while the concert begins at 8 p.m. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome.
Up the hill, you’ll find the National World War I Museum and Memorial, the country’s only such institution dedicated to the Great War. Veterans and active-duty members of the military receive free admission—while the public only pays half-price—during Memorial Day Weekend.
After you’ve toured the inside of the museum—which spans the entirety of the war in a state-of-the-art, multi-sensory experience—travel up the tower for an incredible view of the city. Count on an array of activities fit for all ages as well, including a performance by the USAF of Mid-America Hot Brass Band, a display of vintage military vehicles, and plenty more.