Grab your red, white and blue, it’s almost time to celebrate America’s birthday. As Kansas City’s local PEO since 1988, we believe there is no better place to celebrate the Fourth of July than right here in our hometown. Without further ado, here is a list of all the local Kansas City Fourth of July 2021 fireworks displays and celebrations in both Kansas and Missouri. Most events are taking place this year, but a few have been modified or canceled. We have included all events in our list just in case you’re wondering about the status of your go-to celebration.
Additional Details: The park opens at 5:00 p.m. Be sure to bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. There will be free food and t-shirts for the first 500 people. Make sure you come early to play in the bounce houses and get your face painted and hair spray-painted. Fireworks start at 9:45 p.m.
Fairway, Westwood, Roeland Park, Mission Woods and Westwood Hills NE Johnson County Public Fireworks Show
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 has been canceled for 2021. Look forward to the event again in 2022. For full details, visit Roeland Park’s website here.
The City of Gardner’s Independence Day Festival
When: Saturday, July 4 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Celebration Park, 32501 W. 159th Street, Gardner, Kansas
Additional Details: Festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. with fireworks at 10:00 p.m. This year’s celebration will feature two well-known country music artists - music sensation Dylan Scott and rising star Coffey Anderson. Additionally, attendees can hear Big Time Grain Company and Whitney Duncan perform and can enjoy zip-lining, face painting and eating food from the various food vendors. For full details, visit their website here.
Leawood 2021 July Fourth Celebration
When: July 4 at 6:00
Where: Leawood City Park, 10601 Lee Boulevard
Additional Details: Balloon artists available from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Food vendors, inflatables, the giant slide, rock wall and trampoline available from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Food vendors include KC Koshary, Butterfluff Popcorn, Kona Ice, Between 2 Buns and One More Scoop. The Mad Science Stage Show happens from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. and then from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., don’t miss musical entertainment by Flashback. The fireworks show starts at 9:45 p.m. No parking at Leawood City Park. Instead, free parking will be available along Tomahawk Creek Parkway with free shuttle buses available for transportation to and from the Park. For full details, visit the City of Leawood website here.
Olathe Red, White, and Blue
When: July 4 at 9:45 p.m.
Where: College Boulevard Activity Center, 11031 S. Valley Parkway, Olathe, Kansas
Additional Details: Parking is available at Olathe Northwest High School, Meadow Lane Elementary, and College Boulevard Activity Center with gates opening at 4:30 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early and prepare for a high volume of traffic. Tailgating is permitted; however, fireworks, open flames, alcohol, and pets are prohibited in the area. For full details, visit the City of Olathe website here.
Overland Park Star-Spangled Spectacular
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, there will not be entertainment or food and drink sales. Spectators may bring coolers with food and beverages, but no alcohol is allowed in the park. For full details, visit Overland Park’s website here.
Fourth of July in Stilwell
When: July 4 from 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Where: Fireworks will launch from the KCPL Service Center located at 19950 Newton Street, Stillwell, Kansas
Additional Details: Parade registration takes place at 5 p.m., Stilwell Community Parade at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Live music (Four Bands on the Fourth) occurs from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Unplugged will perform at First National Bank Stage from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Petty Thieves KC (Tom PettyTribute Band) will perform at the PROAIR Stage from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Silver Bullet KC (Bob Seger Tribute Band) will perform at the PROAIR Stage from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monsters Ink will perform at the EVERGY Stage from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Food will be available from 7:00 p.m. to fireworks start time. For full details, visit their website here or visit their Facebook page here.
Gladstone Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Independence Day Celebration
When: July 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Oak Grove Park
Additional Details: The celebration begins at 7:00 p.m. with a concert by Jillian Riscoe & The Suburbans KC, presentation of the Colors and fireworks display starting at 9:45 p.m. Parking will be available at Oak Park High School. Visit their website for more information.
Harrisonville Fourth of July Fireworks
When: Sunday, July 4 at 8:45 p.m.
Where: Harrisonville City Park, 706 Ash Street, Harrisonville, Missouri
Additional Details: Live Music by Red Head Express starts at 7 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be available to purchase. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. No outside coolers, animals, alcohol or fireworks allowed.
Kansas City RiverFest Fourth of July Festival
When: Sunday, July 4 from 3:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Where: Berkley Riverfront Park in Kansas City
Cost: Free; no ticket sales this year. Bring cash for food and beverage vendors.
Additional Details: No children’s inflatable, face painting, or alcohol sales this year. There will be music, food trucks, soda, and water tents, and the largest Fourth of July fireworks show west of the Mississippi brought to you by the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and Port KC. Visit the Facebook Event Page here for full details.
Blue Springs Red, White and Blue Springs Fireworks Show
When: July 4; gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Blue Springs South High School’s stadium on Adams Dairy Parkway
Additional Details: Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. The fireworks show starts at 9:45 p.m. There will be food trucks and vendors with live music being performed by Loose Change.
Lee’s Summit Legacy Blast
The City of Lee's Summit has canceled the 2021 Legacy Blast fireworks display at Legacy Park. The city explained it canceled the large fireworks display because it hadn’t budgeted for it due to COVID-19 uncertainty.
When: July 3 from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Where: Capitol Federal Sports Complex of Liberty, 2200 E. Old 210 Highway, Liberty, Missouri 64068
Additional Details: Free family fun activities take place from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. and include inflatables, balloon animals, a DJ, face painting and fishing. From 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., food trucks will be available. Lost Wax takes the stage from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. to perform live music. Fireworks start at 10:00 p.m. For full details, visit The Liberty Fest website here.
Parkville Fourth of July Celebration
When: July 4 from 8 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Where: 100 Main Street, Parkville, MO
Additional Details:Parkville 4th of July Parade starts at 10 a.m. on 63rd Street & Hwy 9, ending on Main Street in downtown Parkville. Independence Day trivia and giveaways will start at 10 a.m. on 1st & Main Street. The Pancake Breakfast takes place from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the American Legion Post located at 11 Main Street. Patriotic Music with the Navy Band Great Lakes Brass Quintet is at 7:30 p.m. Falcon Skydiving Exhibition starts at approximately 8:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. The display will launch near the Missouri River, south of the baseball field off Main Street. For event information, 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.