Celebrate America and plan your 4th of July 2019 festivities with some of these FREE and cheap events happening in Kansas City. We’ve got a round up fireworks, food, music, contests, parades, rides and more to get your patriotic spirit soaring and keep your whole family entertained.
Not everything is happening on July 4, so I’ve organized these by date. Hopefully this makes it easier for you to sort through them. Wherever possible, I’ve included links to more details that you’ll find helpful. Many of these events are FREE unless otherwise noted, but you’ll usually have to pay for food, carnival rides and, in some cases, kids’ activities.
There’s a lot happening, so I’ve probably missed something. I’ll add them as I find them but leave me a comment or drop me a quick note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now get out there and celebrate.
Friday, June 28
Lansing, KS – Independence Day Celebration
Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park, 15650 Gilman Road (located off 4-H road on the west side of Lansing)
Come experience an Independence Day celebration with one of the largest fireworks displays in the area. The show will be timed to music and incorporate lasers. The event begins Friday, June 28 at 6 p.m. with inflatable rides and food vendors. A new addition this year is a beer tent that will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks begin at sunset. Bring your blankets and chairs.
The event is FREE. Parking in the field opens at 5:30 p.m. and is FREE until 7 p.m. After that, you will need to pay $1. There will be FREE parking and a shuttle from Lansing High School. Tickets for inflatables are $1 or you can get a wristband for $12.
Shawnee, KS – 3rd Annual Parked
Stump Park, 4751 Woodland Drive
Shawnee Parks and Recreation is hosting the 3rd annual Parked event from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 28 at Stump Park. Come and enjoy a live 80s cover band, a kids’ zone, food and fireworks. Entry to the event is FREE and includes fireworks.
Saturday, June 29
Bonner Springs, KS – Bonner Springs Blast
Kelly Murphy Park, 129 Elm Street
Grab a lawn chair and enjoy an ice cream social and 8:30 p.m. concert by the Patriotic City Band made up of more than 85 players. A fireworks display follows at 9:45 p.m. This event is FREE to all.
Greenwood, MO – Freedom Fest
Hitt Park, 907 Allendale Lake Road
Freedom Fest is a great way to get your 4th of July celebration rolling. This annual event is from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and has vendors, food trucks, music, rides, inflatables, games and fireworks along with many special activities including a car show and BBQ contest. Admission is FREE. Some activities have a cost.
Kansas City Zoo – Red, White and Zoo
6700 Zoo Drive in Kansas City, MO
The Kansas City Zoo salutes our countries freedom and those who help preserve it. FREE admission and discounts are being offered to veterans and active duty military on select days. See our earlier post for full details.
Merriam, KS – Flags for Freedom Concert
Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drive
More than 1,500 American flags will be used to create a patriotic display to honor our nation. You can see for yourself from Saturday, June 29 until Saturday, July 6. The highlight of this celebration is a performance by the Greater Kansas City American Legion Band. They will perform at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 at the Merriam Marketplace. The event is FREE and concessions will be available for purchase.
Pleasant Hill, MO – Family Fireworks Spectacular
Cass County Fairgrounds, 308 West Commercial Street
This third annual celebration happens from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and is boasting a fireworks production from one of the Midwest’s top pyrotechnic companies.
Additional activities include:
- Bounce Houses
- Face Painting
- Kid’s Games
- Outdoor Food & Drinks
- Live Music
This event is FREE but if you register here you’ll automatically be signed up for event giveaways.
Powell Gardens – Booms and Blooms
1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, MO
It’s the final year (25th anniversary) to experience this palette of floral color on land and fantastic display in the air. Don’t miss it! This is a FREE event for Friends of Powell Gardens members. There is a $5-$12 admission fee (plus parking) for the public.
Raymore, MO – Spirit of America Celebration
Recreation Park, 1011 S. Madison Street
Admission is FREE for this evening 4th of July celebration that includes live music, food trucks, games and activities for children and fireworks.
Gardner, KS – Independence Day Celebration
Celebration Park, 32501 W. 159th Street
Gardner Parks and Recreation puts on one of the best Independence Day celebrations in the region. All activities and entertainment are FREE.
Enjoy live music, food vendors, out of this world bounce houses, face painting, portable zip lines, interactive entertainment and fireworks. Activities start at 3:30 p.m. with a fireworks finale at 10 p.m. FREE parking is available at Gardner-Edgerton High School, 425 N. Waverly, where a shuttle will transport you to and from the park.
Independence, MO – Independence Day Celebration
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 937 W. Walnut
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy FREE live music (7 p.m.) and fireworks (9:30 p.m.). Snacks, shaved ice and pizza will be available for purchase.
Kansas City, MO – 3rd Annual 18th & Vine July 3rd Celebration
The Great Lawn, 1600 Buck O’Neil Way (behind the museums)
A FREE celebration featuring music, fireworks and special guest Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II. Music by Lenny Williams and the Blair Bryant Band starts at 7 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and stake out your place early. Kids under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult.
Kansas City, MO – Red, White & Brew Party
Howl at the Moon, 1334 Grand Boulevard (Power & Light District)
Music, dancing and drink specials from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. is all part of America’s birthday party at this novelty dueling piano bar. Wear red, white and blue for FREE admission. Stick around because you just might win the KC Royals giveaway prize.
Kearney, MO – Annual July 3rd Fireworks Celebration
Kearney Amphitheater, North, 3001 MO-33
Admission and parking are FREE. Come early with your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic basket. The concert featuring Kansas City-based band Switch begins at 7:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Music for the fireworks performance can be heard on 96.9 FM.
Concessions are available for purchase and there are FREE inflatables for the kids.
Lawrence, KS – Lawrence Go Fourth
Burcham Park, South Powerhouse Road
An evening of music, food, fun and fireworks that is family friendly and completely FREE. Bring chairs and blankets.
Gates open at 5 p.m. Shuttle service will be provided from the Lawrence Public Library parking garage at 7th and Vermont to Burcham Park starting at 4:30PM
Entertainment you can expect includes:
- live music
- food and beverage vendors
- balloon art
- face painters
- hoola hoops
- inflatable kid zone
- fireworks – these will be happening after dark, probably a little after 9:30 p.m.
The live music lineup includes:
- Dylan Guthrie and the Good Time Guys
- Play Dead
- Maria The Mexican
Liberty, MO – Liberty 4th Fest
Fountain Bluff Sports Complex, 2200 Old State Hwy 210
It’s only fitting you should celebrate Independence Day in Liberty, MO. Join in on the fun July 3 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Lee’s Summit, MO – Legacy Blast
Legacy Park, 901 NE BlueStem Drive
Enjoy a fun-filled evening at Lee’s Summit Parks & Recreation’s 2019 Legacy Blast from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission is FREE.
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm – Day Out with Frank and Ella-Independence Day: 1860s Style
1200 E. Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 3 and July 4 come learn what it was like growing up in the 1860s. 1860s style activities may include:
- Singing Patriotic Songs
- Signing a copy of the Declaration of Independence
- Blacksmith demonstrations
- Cook stove demonstrations
- Visit the Mahaffie House
Cost is $5 per kid and includes one stagecoach ride. Kids under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. You’ll get one free adult admission for one paid youth admission.
Parkville, MO – 4th of July Celebration and Carnival
Parkville’s traditional salute to Independence Day includes a pancake breakfast, a community parade, carnival rides, food, fun, games, shopping, music and, of course, a fabulous fireworks finale at 9:45 p.m.
Take note: The bulk of festivities take place on Thursday, July 4 but the carnival portion runs July 3 through July 6. More details here. You can find more details here.
Westwood, KS – City of Westwood Fireworks
St. Agnes Athletic Field, 5041 Reinhardt Drive
Bring lawn chairs and blankets to join the fireworks display at dusk on July 3. Attendees are encouraged to walk to this event, as parking space is very limited.
July 4 – Independence Day
Deanna Rose Farmstead – Celebrating the 4th at the Farm
13800 Switzer Road
Fun at the farm continues with family-friendly activities from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fort Leavenworth – 4th of July Celebration
Merritt Lake, Grant Avenue
This is an event with FREE admission that starts at 4 p.m. with concessions, games, a concert (8 p.m.) and fireworks at dusk over Merritt Lake. In case of rain, fireworks will be shown at dusk on the July 5.
Gladstone, MO – Gladstone Fireworks
Oak Grove Park, 7656 North Troost Avenue
Live music begins at 7 p.m. followed by the North Star Community Band with the presentation of colors. Fireworks happen at dusk.
Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park, Grand Boulevard and River Front Road, Kansas City, MO
If you’ve spent any Independence Day in Kansas City, then you’ve likely heard of KC RiverFest. This large-scale event includes live music, aerial performances, kids’ activities, crafts and more in addition to a great fireworks display, all along the river. The fun runs from 3 to 10 p.m. Admission is FREE to $5, depending upon your age.
Lenexa, KS – Freedom Run
Old Town Lenexa, Santa Fe Trail Drive & Pflumm Road
Runners, walkers and strollers are welcome to take part in this Independence Day race. Choose the 5K or 10K option, both are USATF certified courses. All participants get a patriotic race t-shirt. Race starts at 7 a.m.
Race fees are:
- Register from April 1 to May 31, 2019: $25
- Register from June 1 to July 3, 2019: $30
- Register on race day: $35
Lenexa, KS – Lenexa Community Days Parade
Santa Fe Trail Drive and Pflumm Road
NOTE: Cancelled due to impending weather forecast.
Experience a hometown tradition as spectators, local businesses and groups take a patriotic walk at 10 a.m. through the streets of Old Town Lenexa. This year’s theme is “There’s No Place Like Home.”
Leawood, KS – July 4th Celebration
Leawood City Park, 10601 Lee Boulevard
Make it a full evening with kid-friendly activities and food vendors from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Live music from the Mikey Needleman Band starts at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks are set to go off at 9:45 p.m. FREE admission but some cost for certain activities.
Overland Park, KS – Star Spangled Spectacular
Corporate Woods Founders’ Park, 9711 W. 109th Street
Once upon a time I had a house with an unbeatable view of this fireworks performance from my deck. It’s a show to see. Gates open at 5 p.m. to the park-like atmosphere of food trucks, live music and other activities. Admission is FREE.
Platte City, MO – Fireworks Display
Platte Ridge Park, 17130 MO-371
Patriotic music and fireworks fill the sky at 9:45 p.m. FREE admission.
Smithville Lake, MO – Fireworks Show
Smithville Lake Dam, Missouri Highway DD and Litton Way
This FREE fireworks display gets underway at dusk (9:45 p.m.) and is viewable at the Smithville Lake marina, by boat or at Smith’s Fork Park.
Topeka, KS – Spirit of Blues Festival
Reynolds Lodge, 3315 SE Tinman Cir, at Lake Shawnee
The Topeka Blues Society presents the annual Kansas Blues Festival, scheduled Reynolds Lodge, Lake Shawnee, in Topeka. Opening ceremonies begin at approximately 11 a.m. and music continues until dark. The festival ends with a spectacular firework show lighting up the sky. Admission is FREE.
Attendees may bring shade tents (there will be a designated area), coolers/food, blankets and chairs. There are food trucks and arts and crafts vendors near the festival area.
Prairie Village, KS – VillageFest
77th and Mission Road
Admission is FREE to this annual celebration offering family-friendly fun in the daytime from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. I may have to consider entering the pie baking contest. I’ve been told I make a pretty darn good crust and have been known to get creative. Here’s what I did at my own party last year.
Ward Parkway – Four on the Fourth – Run/Walk Race
Ward Parkway Center (west side), Kansas City, MO
Throw on your red, white and blue and come be part of Uncle Sam’s favorite race the morning of July 4.
Starting at 7:30 a.m., participants will run or walk four miles along Ward Parkway. All runners and walkers get root beer floats, photos with Uncle Sam, a medal and event shirt. Once the big race is done there will be a 200-yard fun run for kids 12 and under.
Take note because this year’s race has a new course. It begins on the west side of Ward Parkway Center and ends at the Ward Parkway Center Pavilion.
Registration now through July 2 is:
- Four mile: $36
- Four mile team of 4+: $32
- Kids fun run: $12
All registration fees go up $4 if you sign up after July 2. So, save some money and get it done.
Weston, MO – 4th of July Weston Community Celebration
Weston is once again hosting an annual 4th of July fireworks display. Main Street will be closed from Spring Street to Market Street for the entire day to accommodate the celebration. Here’s a list of the full event schedule.
- 9 a.m.: Parade line up
- 10 a.m.: Parade – Parade Marshall Terry Blanton
- 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Family fun on Main (following parade)
- 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: DJ – Rob Groebe
- 11:30 a.m.: Pass the water relay
- Noon: Sponge toss relay
- 12:30 p.m. Hole in the bucket relay
- 1:15 p.m.: Watermelon eating contest
- 6 p.m.: Music on Main Street, provided by DJ Alan Lintner
- 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Free snow cones
- 6 p.m.-10 p.m.: McCormick’s on Main satellite bar located in the 400 block of Main Street
- 8 p.m.: Basket auction
- 8:30 p.m.: Military recognition – 400 block of Main Street. Star Spangled Banner immediately following – presented by Michael Coakley
- 9:45 p.m.: Fireworks show
The Weston Masonic Lodge will shoot from the bottoms across the railroadtracks and will be visible at many locations around town, including the soccer field, Benner Park, Sharps Market, Trex Mart, City Hall Parking lot, The BunkHouse, and of course Main Street in downtown Weston.
Worlds of Fun – Military Appreciation
4545 Worlds Of Fun Avenue, Kansas City, MO
Current and past military members with a valid ID can enjoy FREE admission to the park on Independence Day. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. As an added gesture of appreciation, they can bring up to six guests in with them for $39 each (regular day admission is $63 per person). You’ll get fireworks that night as well.
You may also be interested in:
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm
Kenneth W. Bernard Park
Cass County Fairgrounds