Here is a list of fireworks, festivals and other Independence Day events in cities across the metro area.
Held at Berkley Riverfront Park, this annual event not only has one of the best fireworks displays in the Kansas City Metro that is choreographed to live music, but great entertainment and things to do for the whole family.
Where: Berkley Park on the River between the Heart of America and Paseo bridges.
When: Ongoing events July 4th from 1 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Ticket Info: $5 at the gate or $4 advance online
Fireworks start at 10:05 p.m. by Zambelli Fireworks.
Jackson County 4th of July Appreciation Celebration
Celebrate America's Independence Day with appearances from Kansas City Royal alums. Discover where Jazz meets the Blues with a live performance of The David Basse Orchestra. Then end the evening with a blast – the biggest fireworks display ever in Jackson County!
Where: Longview Lake Beach (No pets or grills please)
When: Wednesday, July 4. Gates open at 6 p.m.
Parkville 4th of July Fireworks and Festival
Over 20,000 folks from around the metro head to the Northland to watch Parkville's annual fireworks display. Parkville kicks off "July 4th Blast Off" on Wednesday, July 4 when the carnival opens in the parking lot at the south end of Main Street. In addition to the carnival, this fun, family-style celebration includes a community parade, a pancake breakfast, a variety of food vendors, and, of course, the big firework finale.
Where: English Landing Park, Parkville, Mo. Fireworks shot over Missouri River.
Time: Approximately 9:30 p.m.
Shuttle services from South Platte Community Center, Park University and Park Hill South High School.
The Corporate Woods Star Spangled Spectacular is something to see. The Fourth of July events kick off at 4 p.m. and lasts until 11 p.m. With everything from a free concert to funnel cakes, it's also one of the biggest fireworks displays in the metro.
Where: Corporate Woods, I-435 and College Blvd at 109th/Mastin.
Time: 4 p.m. until 11p.m. Fireworks start at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Where: Paradise Park (1021 Northeast Colbern Rd., Lee's Summit, MO).
Happy Birthday USA is the theme of the week in the Children's Edutainment Center. Also, celebrate the holiday weekend at Paradise Park and receive a FREE medium Pepsi with the purchase of a Max Pak Unlimited wristband. 816-246-5224
Cities of Fairway, Westwood, Roeland Park, Mission Woods and Westwood Hills
The partnership between these NE Johnson County cities provides a unique fireworks display for the community. Attendees have used the word "intimate" to describe the display as viewers get an up-close experience during the shoot. The sights and sounds are truly spectacular!
Where: Bishop Miege High School, 5041 Reinhardt Drive, Roeland Park, KS
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Parking available at Bishop Miege High School or St. Agnes Parish.
Lenexa Community Days Parade
Where: Downtown Lenexa
Time: July 4 at 10 a.m.
Celebrate the Fourth with floats, bands, antique cars and more as they wind their way through downtown Lenexa. 913-477-7100
Leawood 4th of July Celebration
Where: Leawood City Park
Time: Enjoy some great entertainment, participate in games and enjoy a variety of food vendors. Kids activities and food vendors - 5 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Musical entertainment- 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:45 p.m. Free general admission.
All Access Ride / Activity Bands (for children 14 and under) - $6
City Park will be closed to all vehicular traffic on Monday July 4. Free shuttle buses will be running from the parking lots along Tomahawk Creek Parkway to City Park starting at 10 a.m. 913-339-6700 ext: 20
Fireworks & Salute to the Union: Ft. Leavenworth
Where: Merritt Lake
Food, music and fun. Salute to the Union and fireworks at dusk. 913-684-1702
Where: Great Mall of the Great Plains
Time: Fourth of July Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. (Rain date: July 5)
Legacy Blast Fireworks Extravaganza: Lee's Summit, MO
Lee's Summit Parks and Recretion and the City of Lee's Summit invite you to a free fireworks extravaganza on Tuesday. The amazing display will be choreographed to music and simulcast on 94.9 KCMO. Bring the family and blankets for fun under the stars. For more information call Lee's Summit Parks & Recreation at 816.969.1500. Parking is available at the sport fields off of Legacy Park Drive.
Where: Legacy Park in Lee's Summit.
Time: July 3rd from 6-9 p.m. (Rain date, July 5th)
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