Fourth of July Fun Guide
Make your holiday sparkle and bang with these metro-area celebrations.
July 4, 3 p.m.
Berkley Riverfront Park, Kansas City, Mo.
Exploding with fun, this premier Fourth of July event brings a roundup of family fun offerings such as delicious food, games, fantastic music on two stages and of course amazing fireworks. Free to $5. kcriverfest.com
Star Spangled Spectacular
July 4, 4 p.m.
Corporate Woods, Overland Park
A tradition in Overland Park since 1991, this spectacular celebrates our country’s birth and salutes to veterans with live music, food, a children’s pavilion and a dazzling fireworks feature with simulcast music on 710 AM and 103.7 FM. Free. starspangledspectacular.com
Worlds of Fun
Worlds of Fun, Kansas City, Mo.
At Worlds of Fun there are plenty of chances to catch rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air. Indulge in extreme fun on the park’s 47 worldly rides and then watch a massive display of fireworks light up the sky every night at 10 p.m. $35 to $82. worldsoffun.com
Leawood Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 5 p.m.
Leawood City Park, Leawood
Leawood City Park becomes the site of all things red, white and blue this Fourth with an exciting community celebration. Drop by for food vendors, kids activities, musical entertainment by Flashback, and an awe-inspiring fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. Free. leawood.org
Liberty 4th Fest
July 4 and 5, 5 p.m.
Fountain Bluff Sports Complex, Liberty
Double your patriotic fun with Liberty’s salute to America the great. Spanning two days, the fest features food trucks, a beer garden, family fun activities, fireworks and a live performance by Noe Palma on July 4, with a dessert and a KCBS-sanctioned barbecue contest. Free. liberty4thfest.com
Jackson County’s 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 5:30 p.m.
Longview Lake Shelter #13, Kansas City, Mo.
Activities include live entertainment by Barb Wire Revolt and The Romantics, military tributes, skydivers, games, and food and drinks. Fireworks at 9:45, with simulcast available on 94.9 KCMO. Free. jacksongov.org
Independence Day at the Farmstead
July 4, 9 a.m.
Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead
Family fun on the farmstead features games, old-fashioned patriotic crafts, a chalk walk, a bike parade and a pig calling contest. Free to $2. opkansas.org
Red, White and Blue Springs 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 6:30 p.m.
Blue Springs High School
Osawatomie City Lake, Osawatomie
Bring family, friends and lawn chairs for live entertainment and a fireworks display all beginning at dusk. Free. osawatomieks.org
Parkville Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 10 a.m.
English Landing Park, Parkville
Enjoy festivities like a community parade, a carnival, a taste of old-fashioned Americana and a fabulous fireworks finale. Free. parkvillemo.org
Gardner’s July 4th Celebration
July 4, 3 p.m.
Celebration Park, Gardner
Gardner’s bash brings performances by Rusty Laffoon, Sara Morgan, Big Time Grain Company and Chase Bryant; food vendors; zip lining and carnival fun. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Free. gardnerkansas.gov
Lenexa Community Days Parade and Freedom Run
July 4, 10 a.m.
Old Town Lenexa
This hometown tradition celebrates the Fourth with a “Red, White and Royal-themed” parade and a 3.1-mile Freedom Run fit for the whole family. Free to $30. lenexa.com