Celebrate Fourth of July in Kansas City

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.

Overland Park Star Spangled Spectacular

Enjoy an unforgettable Independence Day celebration at Star Spangled Spectacular on July 4. This FREE event is packed with live music, delicious food and a breathtaking fireworks display! The festivities kick off at 5 p.m. with an array of mouth-watering food trucks opening their windows, ready to serve up a variety of delicious treats. There’s something to satisfy every craving.

Get ready to groove to the tunes of some incredible bands and performers: Green Shoebox Band, Howard Mahan, The Champagne Band and Justus West. As the sky darkens, the grand finale begins.

A mesmerizing fireworks display at 10:05 p.m. will light up the night, choreographed to patriotic music, creating a dazzling spectacle you won’t want to miss. Visitors can enter Corporate Woods Founders’ Park at any time on Independence Day. Parking is available in any open Corporate Woods parking lot. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, food, water and coolers. Alcohol and pop-up tents are prohibited.Gather your family and friends, pack your picnic essentials and come celebrate the 4th of July in Overland Park.


Wednesday, July 3

Red, White and Blue Springs

Celebrate the Fourth of July at Red, White & Blue Springs! This celebration will have live music, fireworks, vendors, food trucks and more. Come enjoy entertainment in the Adult Zone, Kids Zone and Family Zone with music, games and more. Located at Young Park and Blue Springs South High School.

Fireworks Spectacular at the Royals

Cheer on the Royals as they take on Tampa Bay Rays, followed by a Fireworks Spectacular at the July 3 and July 4 games. First pitch is 7:10 p.m.

LibertyFest

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 Legacy Blast

Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation (LSPR) and the City of Lee’s Summit invite you to a free fireworks celebration on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at Legacy Park! The gates open to the park at 6 p.m., and fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. The fireworks show will be choreographed to music and simulcast on 94.9 KCMO. Concessions, food truck vendors, DJs, and activities for kids 12 and under.

Thursday, July 4

Overland Park’s Star Spangled Spectacular

Enjoy an evening of concerts, food and fireworks at Star Spangled Spectacular at Corporate Woods Founders’ Park. Visitors can enter Corporate Woods Founders’ Park at any time on Independence Day. Parking is available in any open Corporate Woods parking lot. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, food, water, and coolers. Alcohol and pop-up tents are prohibited.

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 9 p.m. 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.

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.

Beach Fest at Lake Olathe

Lake Olathe is hosting the ultimate 4th of July Celebration. Admission to this private event includes a sack lunch, Aqua Park use, Boat Rentals, Open Swim, and other fun family activities and games including a tie dye water gun fight with t-shirt souvenir. Beach Fest is the perfect activity to celebrate the 4th of July before Olathe’s Fireworks. All Participating parties must register. Young children not eating or participating in activities do not need to register.

Celebrate the Fourth on the Farm

Join Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead for a fun-filled morning of festivities as we honor Independence Day at the Farmstead. Get ready for an unforgettable experience filled with entertainment, contests and good old-fashioned American spirit. Here’s what’s in store:

  • Live Performances: Prepare to be amazed by the incredible talents of Professor Farquar and Polecat Annie. They’ll captivate you with their timeless toe-tapping traditional tunes from way back when.
  • Pig Calling Contest: Think you have what it takes to call pigs like a pro? Test your skills at our pig calling contest. It’s sure to be a hilarious and entertaining competition for participants and spectators alike.
  • Bike Parade: Deck out your bikes, tricycles, scooters and wagons in the most patriotic way possible. We’ll gather at 11 a.m. for our dazzling bike parade around the farm’s main circle. With patriotic music playing, it’ll be a sight to behold!
  • Cake Walk and Old Fashioned Games: Take a step back in time and enjoy old-fashioned games that will transport you to simpler days of classic fun.
  • Flag Etiquette in the School House: Join us in the schoolhouse for a fascinating lesson that will deepen your appreciation for our nation’s symbols.

This event is free with Farmstead admission.

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.

Parkville 4th of July Celebration

Parkville’s traditional salute to Independence Day includes a pancake breakfast, a community parade, food, fun, shopping, kids activities, a skydiving exhibition, and our Fireworks Finale at 9:30 p.m. The 4th of July parade begins at 10 a.m. at 63rd Street & Hwy 9 and ends in Historic Downtown Parkville. Independence Day trivia and giveaways will start at 10 am (at 1st & Main Street). Fireworks show will start at 9:30 pm.  There are many locations throughout downtown Parkville to watch the fireworks display – the ballfield south of the Parking lot, anywhere on Main Street in downtown Parkville and English Landing Park are the front row seats!!  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a front row seat at the Fireworks Show.

Independence Day Festival in Gardner

Country music fans are in for a special treat at this year’s celebration which will feature two well-known artists in the industry – Morgan Evans and George Birge.Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a fireworks show at 10 p.m.

Prairie Village VillageFest

Enjoy a pancake breakfast, bounce houses, face painting, carnival rides, petting zoo, pony rides and more from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 77th and Mission, followed by free swimming at the PV pool from noon – 6 p.m. All are invited to VillageFest.

Thursday, July 11

Independence Day Celebration – 1860s Style

Independence Day during the Mahaffie era was the biggest holiday of the year. Activities typically included: speeches, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and celebrating the Heroes of 1776. The Mahaffie Grove hosted the Olathe celebration in 1881. The newspaper ad from The Olathe Mirror invites Governor John P. St. John to deliver a speech and a concert from The Olathe Rifles and Band. Today, you are invited to each of our events to experience an old-fashioned Fourth of July. 

Sarah McGinnity
Sarah grew up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza, and now Overland Park. Sarah is mom to 10-year-old, Henry, 7-year-old Clark and 5-year-old Lucy. She has her master’s in urban administration and is passionate about making Kansas City a more equitable and supportive community. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, hike, travel as much as possible, and experience all things Kansas City!

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