Fourth of July celebrations around KC

Meredith Shea

Not sure how you’re celebrating your Fourth of July?  Here are some events happening in Kansas City this year.

KCRiverFest 2013 

Located at Richard L. Berkley Park, KCRiverfest boasts itself as having the largest fireworks display in the region, and is the only place to celebrate the Fourth of July in downtown Kansas City with live fireworks and family entertainment.  The event is $5 per person, but admission is free before 3 p.m.  More information can be found at


Worlds of Fun

Worlds of Fun will be open the Fourth of July for its annual Fourth of July lighting of the sky.  The fireworks display begins at 10 p.m. the 4-5, and every Saturday in July.  Twilight tickets begin at $34.99 plus tax.


Independence Day

Let’s party like it’s 1855.  Missouri Town in Independence, Mo. will celebrate our nation’s independence in the style of our ancestors.  Music, dance, displays, arts, crafts, children’s games and even a parade make this event great for the whole family. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and seniors and children three and under get in free.


Star Spangled Spectacular

Located in Corporate Woods, Star Spangled Spectacular will set of fireworks at 9:40 p.m. on the Fourth in Corporate Woods in Overland Park.  Food and drink vendors, as well as merchandise stands and music, will be available before the show begins.  Admission is free.


Booms & Blooms Festival

Celebrate the Fourth of July a day early at Powell Gardens’ display of flowers.  Daylilies and iris flowers will be on sale.  There will be activities for kids and live music throughout the day.  The Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks display will follow.  Festival admissions are $12/adults, $10/seniors and $5/kids aged 5-12.  Booms & Blooms is located in Kingsville, Mo.

First Fridays

Every first Friday of the month, the Crossroads Arts District opens its streets to art enthusiasts and party lovers.  Art galleries are open late to the public.  Good food and drinks are easily accessible at places like WJ’s and Snow & Co.  Perhaps enjoy a reading or play at the Fishtank Theater.  Dancing in the street is acceptable, and is in fact, preferred.  Admission is free.  Just find a parking spot and enjoy the fifth of July at the Crossroads.

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