Everything you need to know about the Fourth of July in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Fireworks are crackling, the radio is blaring, and the grill is sizzling. Sounds like summer in Kansas City.    

With Independence Day just around the corner, now is the time to make your plans for an explosive holiday.  

Whether you’re looking for an impressive fireworks display, a family-friendly festival or some classic summer fun, here are some of the top Fourth of July events in the Kansas City area:  


Grab your lawn chair and head to the National WWI Museum and Memorial on July 4. The annual Stars and Stripes Picnic, KC’s official Independence Day celebration, offers a chance to shop local vendors, enjoy food trucks and listen to live music. Then enjoy the largest fireworks display in Kansas City.    

Parkville leaders are ready to celebrate Fourth of July all day long. From the pancake breakfast and parade to kids activities and of course the fireworks finale, you can spend the day in downtown Parkville.  

In Overland Park, don’t miss the Star Spangled Spectacular at Corporate Woods Founders’ Park, featuring food trucks, local entertainment and impressive fireworks.  

Or start your holiday early at several KC-area celebrations. The cities of Fairway, Roeland Park & Westwood are hosting a fireworks show on July 3 at Bishop Miege High School.  

Also on July 3, Liberty Fest at Capitol Federal Sports Complex will feature food trucks, a beer garden, fireworks and KC cover band Lost Wax.   

Lee’s Summit is ready to celebrate at its Legacy Blast on July 3 at Legacy Park. There will be DJs, food trucks, face painting and more family fun before fireworks wrap up the night.  


For those looking for an athletic outing, the Lenexa Freedom Run or Ward Parkway Four on the Fourth offer runners and walkers a chance to start Independence Day off with a bang.  

If you prefer high-flying thrills, spend the day at Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun with one single ticket. Then stick around for the Star-Spangled Night fireworks show, set to patriotic music.  

Fourth of July on a Thursday means it’s time to celebrate in the KC Power and Light District! Hot Country Nights returns to the KC Live Block, featuring country singer Tyler Booth to light up the stage.  

The boys are playing some ball on Independence Day! The Kansas City Royals take on the Tampa Bay Rays for a three-game series July 2-4 – that includes fireworks on both Wednesday and Thursday.   

Celebrate the Fourth at the Fourth at the Farm with the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead in Overland Park. Guests can enjoy old-fashioned games, patriotic lessons, a bike parade and more.  

For a full list of Kansas City-area events, check out visitkc.com/events.   


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