Celebrating the Fourth of July in Kansas City and across the country may look a bit different this year than in previous years due to the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, many major local festivals have been canceled or have streamlined to only their fireworks display. Yet some areas in the metro are holding their regular events including food, games, and entertainment.
We’ve been lucky to call Kansas City our home since 1988, and even with COVID-19 restrictions in place, believe there is no better place to celebrate Independence Day than right here in our hometown. Without further ado, here is a list of all the local Independence Day celebrations on both sides of the state line. We have also included events that have been canceled, just in case you’re wondering what the status is of your go-to celebration.
Kansas City Metro Fireworks Displays
- Due to COVID-19, the annual fireworks display is postponed until De Soto Days in September. For full details, visit their Facebook page here.
- When: July 3 from 5 - 11:00 p.m.
- Where: Martin Creek Park
- Additional Details: Parking will be available at the park and surrounding areas. The park opens at 5:00 p.m. Be sure to bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be available from Two Guys and a Grill. Inflatable games and Bubble Pop will be happening in the tennis courts. Families are advised to spread out and use the whole park this year to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Fireworks start at 9:45 p.m. For full details, visit the City of Edgerton’s website here.
- Fairway, Westwood, Roeland Park, Mission Woods and Westwood Hills
- To continue to slow the spread of COVID-19, the annual fireworks display held at Bishop Miege High School, St. Agnes Catholic Church and St. Agnes Catholic School in partnership with the City of Roeland Park, the City of Fairway and the City of Westwood the 2020 fireworks display scheduled for July 3 has been canceled. For full details, visit Roeland Park’s website here.
- Fort Leavenworth
- Fort Leavenworth will not have a public Independence Day celebration of July 4. However, Fort Leavenworth will be putting on a fireworks display at dusk that will be visible to surrounding communities.
- When: Saturday, July 4 at 10:00 p.m.
- Where: Celebration Park, 32501 W. 159th Street, Gardner, Kansas
- Cost: Free
- Additional Details: Only fireworks, no activities. View the display from your car at Celebration park or various locations throughout the city. You can tune into Gardner Radio at www.gardnerradio.com to stream the music accompanying the show. If you exit your vehicle, remember to social distance and stay home if you are sick or exhibiting any symptoms. For full details, visit their website here.
- The annual Fourth of July celebration has been canceled, but there is a possibility it may occur over Labor Day. For full details, visit the City of Leawood website here.
- When: July 4 at 9:45 p.m.
- Where: College Boulevard Activity Center, 11031 S. Valley Parkway, Olathe, Kansas
- Additional Details: Parking opens at 8:30 p.m. and will be available at Olathe Northwest High School, Meadow Lane Elementary and College Boulevard Activity Center. Spectators are encouraged to watch the display from their vehicle and should maintain a safe social distance from others. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early and be prepared for heavy traffic volume. The show will be synced to music. Search and download J&M Displays in your app store and find the Olathe Fireworks Show. For full details, visit the City of Olathe website here.
- Overland Park
- Effective June 30, the City of Overland Park has canceled their annual Star Spangled Spectacular fireworks show.
- When: July 4 at 9:45 p.m.
- Where: Corporate Woods Founders’ Park, 9711 W. 109th Street, Overland Park, Kansas
- Additional Details: Due to COVID-19, this year’s event will feature a free fireworks display only. There will be no food or drink sales, live music, or entertainment. In the event of rain, the show will take place on July 5. For full details, visit Overland Park’s website here.
- When: Saturday, July 4 from 5-10:00 p.m.
- Where: Fireworks will launch from the KCPL Service Center located at 19950 Newton Street, Stillwell, Kansas
- Cost: Free
- Additional Details: Parade registration takes place at 5 p.m., Stilwell Community Parade at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. This year’s parade theme is “Remember Why It’s the 4th of July”. For full details, visit their website here or visit their Facebook page here.
- Due to historically large crowds gathering to celebrate the Fourth of July in Gladstone, the city has made the decision to cancel this year’s celebration to slow the spread of COVID-19. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
- When: Saturday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m.
- Where: City Park, 706 Ash Street, Harrisonville, Missouri
- Cost: Free
- Additional Details: While the park will be open all day, the Independence Day celebration will be limited to a fireworks display beginning at dusk or approximately 9:30 p.m. Parking will be available within the park on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional parking will be available outside City Park at the corner of Independence and Ash and in other City lots. For full details, visit Harrisonville’s website here.
- Due to public health concerns and the inability to secure sponsors, the annual Independence Day in Independence Fourth of July show that takes place at Mormon Visitors Center has been canceled.
- Kansas City
- RiverFest Fourth of July Festival at Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park in Kansas City has been canceled due to COVID-19.
- Lee’s Summit
- The City of Lee's Summit has made the difficult decision to cancel the Legacy Blast fireworks display scheduled for July 2 at Legacy Park after careful consideration and consultation with elected officials. The decision was based on information currently available related to COVID-19 to protect the health and safety of citizens, volunteers, and vendors for an event which regularly hosts more than 20,000 participants. For full details, visit Lee’s Summit’s website here.
- Liberty Fest 2020 has been canceled due to COVID-19. For full details, visit The Liberty Fest website here.
- For the safety and health of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's 4th of July celebration has been canceled. For full details, visit Parkville’s Facebook post here.
From all of us at Axcet HR Solutions, we wish you a safe and happy Fourth of July. And remember, please keep your pets inside over the holiday weekend. The loud noises caused by fireworks can severely frighten pets and cause them to escape from outdoor yards in an attempt to find safety. Organizations in the Kansas City Metro, like KC Pet Project, work diligently ahead of the Fourth of July to make room for the influx of pets. In fact, the day after Independence Day, July 5, is the busiest intake day at local shelters.