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Best of KC: Best Fourth of July Celebrations

Best of KC / June 27, 2019

Is there anything more patriotic than consuming processed meats and alcohol and setting off small sticks of dynamite? Of course not! How else can you prove that you love your country? The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays—mostly because the weather is finally warm and summer foods are fun. Here are some of the best Fourth of July celebrations around Kansas City! 

Worlds of Fun, July 4th 

Thrill rides, big waves, Planet Snoopy, unforgettable barbecue from Cotton Blossom BBQ, and yes, an incredible fireworks display once night falls. And best of all, current and former military members get free admission when they present their military ID and discounted admission for up to six guests! 

Kansas City Riverfest, Berkley Riverfront 

Starting at 3pm, you can bring your lawn chairs and blankets and set up camp along the Riverfront for a few hours. You can check out the food trucks, bring your kids over to the Kid’s Activity Tent, register for the KC Cornhole tournament, and enjoy the live music on one of two stages while you wait for the fireworks. Admission is $5 per person and parking is limited, so come early! 

Town Center in Leawood, July 4th 

If you’re looking for free admission, Town Center might be the way to go. With a variety of traditional family activities and new ones, contests and games, and a wide range of food trucks, there’s something for everyone. The night runs from 6 to 9:30, and although there’s no parking permitted in City Park that night, it is encouraged along Tomahawk Creek Parkway, with free shuttle service available. 

Overland Park Star Spangled Spectacular, July 4th 

And from the great city of Overland Park, here comes the OP Star Spangled Spectacular in Corporate Woods North Park. We’re talking live music, food trucks, and of course, live fireworks that start around 9:45. Coolers, leashed dogs, blankets and lawn chairs are permitted, but no glass and no tents. 

Community Days Parade, Santa Fe Trail Drive, July 4th 

The Community Days Parade is an annual hometown tradition that brings out thousands of people to celebrate the Fourth of July. Starting at 10am in Old Town Lenexa and with a 2019 theme of “There’s No Place Like Home,” the parade awards Best of Show and dozens of other awards to other parade entries. 

Celebrating the 4th at the Farm, Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, July 4th 

Deanna Rose is a great Fourth of July destination if you have little kids in tow who don’t really understand the significance of the holiday anyway. For $3 admission (ages 2 and under are free), you can play some old fashioned games on the lawn, have some patriotic lessons in the schoolhouse, watch a pig calling contest, and bring your bike to loop around in the bike parade at 11am. Since the whole affair is finished by noon, there aren’t any fireworks allowed, but red, white, and blue attire is encouraged. 

Parkville July 4th Celebration 

And if you’re up North and have multiple days of freedom, Parkville’s Fun Times Show Carnival offers a fun time for everyone. Starting at 6pm on July 3rd, a $25 wristband gets you admission for all four days. And on the 4th, you can start your day with pancakes at the American Legion, a parade at 10am, live music, a skydiving exhibition, and fireworks at 9:45pm.


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Blog written by Erin Greenhalgh