Nearly 80,000 people are expected to attend the 13th annual KC RiverFest on Wednesday to celebrate the 242nd birthday of the United States.
Gates open at 4 p.m. and the cost to enter is $5.
Organizers have set up entertainment for all ages, including three stages with a new artist performing every hour, a yoga session and a selfie station.
Seventeen different food trucks have been brought in to feed those in attendance. Organizers say the park can hold up to 100,000 people.
The event also boasts the longest firework display in all of Kansas City, lasting 20 minutes.
“It’s an amazing town and we’ve had this renaissance city and it’s been incredible, so, we want to come out and support anyway we can, so, volunteering is the best way,” volunteer Crystal Scott said.
Organizers have also placed shade stations around the park as a Heat Advisory remains in effect for the Kansas City area and heat index temperatures are expected to be in the triple digits.
“Trying to keep cool in this heat. It’s hot! We’ve been drinking plenty of water. I got my towel, I wet my hair. So, I’m just totally drenched and wet right now,” RiverFest attendee Linda Cosar said.
Officials would like to keep certain items out of the festivities. These include outside food and beverages, pets, fireworks, alcohol and weapons of any kind. Acceptable items include lawn chairs, blankets, sunscreen and bug spray.
Parking on the riverfront is limited due to construction on a new apartment complex.
Free public parking is offered next to the Isle of Capri Casino, located at 1800 E Front Street. For those who park there, be prepared to walk. There is no shuttle to the park. There are also two lots, accessible from Front Street and Grand Boulevard, where people can pay $10 to park.
The most efficient parking option might be taking the free KC Street Car and getting off at the Third Street and Grand stop. From there a free shuttle will take people to the park. A pedestrian walkway from the River Market is also available.
Each parking lot is equipped with specific ADA accessible parking spaces.
Organizers say having Independence Day fall in the middle of the week actually draws bigger crowds than when it falls on a weekend.
“I’m assuming a lot of people don’t get Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, Friday off of work, so they can’t do the lake trip and do the fun things they normally do, so," Stefan White of Friends of KC said.
The fireworks will begin at about 9:46 p.m.
Berkley Riverfront Park is located at 1298 Riverfront Road.
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