Everything You Need to Know About Memorial Day in Kansas City

As the sun fades and the city's skyline begins to glow, majestic melodies swell across one of the city's favorite lawns. Warm days and favorite local traditions lie ahead. It’s Memorial Day Weekend in KC, a time to reflect, celebrate and usher in the summer season.

Here’s everything you need to know about Memorial Day in Kansas City: 


Celebration at the Station Returns

Celebration at the Station - Kansas City Symphony

One of Kansas City's favorite traditions makes its triumphant return in 2022. On Sunday, May 29, Celebration at the Station fills the grounds of Union Station and the National WWI Museum and Memorial with a patriotic performance from the Kansas City Symphony, plus food trucks and additional live entertainment throughout the evening. 

The event site opens at 5 p.m. with vendors and booths on display, as well as pre-concert entertainment on stage. The Symphony's performance begins at 8 p.m., featuring vocals from Kansas City's own Oleta Adams. The evening concludes with Kansas City's largest fireworks display.

Mark the Occasion

WWI Museum Entrance

All weekend long, the National WWI Museum and Memorial has a lineup of events and activities to recognize Memorial Day.

Veterans and active duty military personnel receive free admission to the Museum. For the general public, admission is half price all weekend. May 27-30

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute's Vietnam Wall, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., returns to the National WWI Museum and Memorial this May. Nearly 400 feet long, the display contains every name etched on the original memorial. May 19-30

A public program on Memorial Day features remarks from dignitaries and a keynote from Lieutenant General Larry Jordan. May 30, 10 a.m.

Inside the museum, don't miss War Remains, a virtual reality experience that offers a look at the Western Front of the First World War from a soldier's point of view. Ongoing

Additional events taking place at the National WWI Museum and Memorial over Memorial Day Weekend and throughout the month of May include: 

 

  • Flags of Forgotten Soldiers Display, May 17-30
  • Vietnam Era Bell UH-1 Iroquois "Huey" Helicopter Display, May 19-30
  • World War I Research Stations, May 27-30
  • Memorial Day Bell Tolling Ceremony, May 30
  • Walk of Honor Dedication and AVTT Vietnam Wall Closing Ceremony, May 30

Say Hello to Summer

Spinning Dragons at Worlds of Fun

Usher in the sunny season with the return of several signature events and outdoor expeditions. Worlds of Fun is open for the season as of April 30 and Oceans of Fun makes its return on May 28, with Riptide Raceway—the park's newest addition and the world's longest mat-racing water slide—ready to make a splash.

More eyebrow-raising, jaw-dropping adventure for all can be found inside Science City at Union Station. The family-friendly wonderland features hands-on spaces to explore everything from engineering and physics to food science and the arts.

 

Sporting KC Crowd

If you're looking for an athletic outing, you'll find it in Kansas City, KS, where three of KC's hometown teams take the field over the holiday.

Children's Mercy Park welcomes a weekend of action as Sporting Kansas City is matched up against the Vancouver Whitecaps on May 28, while the KC Current takes on Racing Louisville on May 30. Plus, the Kansas City Monarchs schedule features back-to-back home series at Legends Field, May 27-29 and May 30-June 1.

 

Family at the Kansas City Zoo

Keep an eye on the Kansas City Zoo as well. The perennial favorite always has something fun afoot, from Elephant Expedition to Stingray Bay.

Live Music Revelry

From small, close-up shows to huge, sold-out concerts, live music is part of Kansas City culture. 

 

Try Green Lady Lounge for the city's distinct jazz sound or Crossroads KC at Grinders for open-air entertainment—or keep an eye on the schedule of performances in the Power & Light District.