Make your plans to celebrate Fourth of July in Kansas City! Here is a list of some of the top Independence Day celebrations across the Kansas City metro area, with tips for planning ahead with your family in mind.
**Please note that most events are weather permitting, so stay tuned to event websites, Facebook notices and news outlets as schedules are subject to change.
Saturday, July 1
Red, White and Blue Springs
Celebrate the Fourth of July at Red, White & Blue Springs! This free celebration will have live music, fireworks, vendors and more. Join us at this free event, located at Blue Springs South High School. Gates open at 6 p.m. with fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m.
Smithville Lake Dam Fireworks Display
Join Smithville Parks & Rec for the annual Smithville Fireworks Show! This free fireworks show will be set off from Smith’s Fork Park (North side of the Spillway) at dusk, roughly 9PM. Great spots to watch the show are at Smith’s Fork Park, on the Lake near the dam, Smith’s Fork Campground, and surrounding areas around the park. Parking is available throughout Smith’s Fork Park.
Independence Day Celebration – 1860s Style
Experience Independence Day 1860s style with a reading of the Declaration of Independence, cookstove demonstrations, stagecoach rides, a Vintage Baseball game and more. Visitors can also meet Lady Columbia and Uncle Sam. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnics for this all-American celebration.
Popstar Night at the Royals
Enjoy a Taylor Swift themed Royals night which includes a silent disco from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. (included with theme ticket). Don’t forget to stay for fireworks after the game. The Popstar Night (Royals Version) finale will be themed to pop music, capping off this magical Saturday night with a bang! Learn more.
Monday, July 3
This local festival, beginning at 6 p.m., includes fun family activities, food trucks and a beer garden, fishing, live music, veterans celebration, and a fireworks finale which will begin at approximately 10 p.m.
Lee’s Summit Parks Fireworks Show
Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation (LSPR) and the City of Lee’s Summit invite you to a free fireworks celebration on Monday, July 3 at Legacy Park! The gates open to the park at 6 p.m., and fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Concessions, DJs, food truck vendors, and activities for children 12 and under will be featured at the baseball, soccer, softball, and football venues before the fireworks.
Fourth of July Weekend at the Kansas City Royals
Tuesday, July 4
Stars and Stripes Picnic
The Stars and Stripes Picnic at the National WWI Museum and Memorial is Kansas City’s official Independence Day celebration! Bring your friends and family to grab a bite to eat, shop from local vendors, listen to live music and enjoy the largest fireworks display in the city. The public is welcome to begin picnicking on the south grounds of the Museum and Memorial as early as 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. A fireworks display over the iconic Tower will begin around 9:40 p.m. FREE to the public – rain or shine!
Beach Fest at Lake Olathe
Celebrate the Fourth on the Farm
Overland Park’s Star Spangled Spectacular
Olathe Fireworks Display
Celebrate Independence Day in Olathe on July 4 with the annual fireworks display at College Boulevard Activity Center (11031 S. Valley Pkwy.). The show begins at dark, approximately 9:45 p.m. Restrooms and hand washing stations will be available throughout CBAC, as well as the Meadow Lane Elementary and Olathe Northwest High School parking lots.