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Let Freedom Ring: Fourth of July Fireworks in Kansas City

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Grab your red, white and blue, it’s almost time to celebrate America’s birthday. The Fourth of July represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. While fireworks displays are the essence of Independence Day, many of us will spend the daylight hours celebrating with friends and family at the pool or lake, out shopping holiday sales or by enjoying a tasty summer barbecue.

But when the sun sets, the annual holiday festivities are wrapped up with a “bang” as millions of Americans head outdoors to watch breathtaking fireworks displays illuminate the nighttime sky. 

More than $1B is expected to be spent on fireworks used in Fourth of July celebrations this year. 

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Kansas City Metro Fireworks Displays

We’ve been Kansas City’s PEO since 1988 and believe there’s no better place to celebrate our great country than right here in our hometown. If you’re staying local for the holiday, check out these great fireworks displays across the Kansas City metro. Some start as soon as tonight!


  • Fairway, Westwood, Roeland Park, Mission Woods and Westwood Hills
    • When: July 3 at dusk.
    • Where: Bishop Miege High School, 5041 Reinhardt Drive, Roeland Park, Kansas
    • Cost: Free
    • Additional Details: Attendees should bring lawn chairs and blankets. Parking will be limited, walking to the event is encouraged. For full details, visit Roeland Park’s website here.
  • Edgerton
    • When: July 3 from 6 - 10:30 p.m.
    • Where: Martin Creek Park
    • Additional Details: Free hotdogs and hamburgers (while supplies last), music by DJ Phil Davis, inflatables, face painting, yard games and fireworks. For full details, visit the City of Edgerton’s website here.
  • DeSoto
    • When: July 4 at 7 p.m.
    • Where: Riverfest Park, 33440 W. 79th Street, De Soto, Kansas
    • Additional Details: Food and live music at 7 p.m. Fireworks display will begin at 9:45 p.m. For full details, visit their Facebook page here.
  • Ft. Leavenworth
    • When: July 4 at 4 p.m.
    • Where: Merritt Lake, Grant Ave., Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas
    • Cost: Free
    • Additional Details: Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with refreshments, bounce houses, games and kids’ activities; a ‘Salute to the Union’ will take place at 8:30 p.m. and fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. over Merritt Lake. For full details, visit their website here.
  • Stilwell
    • When: July 4 from 5-9:30 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., live D.J. from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. For full details, visit their website here.
  • Gardner
    • When: July 4 at 3:30 p.m.
    • Where: Celebration Park, 32501 W. 159th Street, Gardner, Kansas
    • Cost: Free
    • Additional Details: Food vendors, out of this world bounce houses, face painting, portable zip lines (minimum weight for zip lines is 70lbs, max 250lbs), interactive entertainment and one of the best fireworks displays in the area. For full details, visit their website here
  • Leawood
    • When: July 4 at 6 p.m.
    • Where: Leawood City Park, 10601 Lee Boulevard, Leawood, Kansas
    • Cost: Free general admission
    • Additional Details: Live music, food vendors, rides and activities, face painting, Salute to Veterans and fireworks. For full details, visit the City of Leawood website here.
  • Olathe
    • When: July 4 at 9:45 p.m.
    • Where: College Boulevard Activity Complex, 11031 S. Valley Parkway, Olathe, Kansas
    • Additional Details: Spectators are encouraged to arrive early and be prepared for heavy traffic volume. For full details, visit the City of Olathe website here
  • Overland Park
    • When: July 4 from 5 - 10 p.m.
    • Where: Corporate Woods Founders’ Park, 9711 W. 109th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 
    • Additional Details: The event features live music, food trucks and fireworks. Bring blankets and/or lawn chairs. For full details, visit Overland Park’s website here


  • Kansas City
    • When: July 4 from 3 - 11 p.m.
    • Where: Richard L. Berkley Riverfront, 1298 Riverfront Drive, Kansas City, Missouri
    • Cost: Tickets for KC Riverfest 2019 are $5 either at the gate or in advance online. Children 12 and under are free.
    • Additional Details: Three stages of live music, U.S. Navy Blue Angels flyover, an Aeroshell Aerobatic Team performance, kids’ activities, street performers, food and fireworks. For full details, visit the Berkley Riverfront website here.
  •  Harrisonville
    • When: July 4 at 11 a.m.
    • Where: City Park, 706 Ash Street, Harrisonville, Missouri
    • Cost: Free
    • Additional Details: Fireworks, food, live entertainment and free family activities. For full details, visit Harrisonville’s website here.  
  • Independence
    • When: July 3 at 7 p.m.
    • Where: Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Pageant Grounds & Mormon Visitor Center, 937 W. Walnut, Independence, Missouri
    • Cost: Free
    • Additional Details: Live music, snacks, shaved ice and pizza will be available for purchase, bring your own chairs, fireworks display. For full details, visit Independence’s website here.
  • Lee’s Summit
    • When: July 3 at 6 p.m.
    • Where: Legacy Park, 901 NE Bluestem Drive, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 
    • Additional Details: Event-goers will enjoy a fun-filled evening with concessions, free face-painting, balloon artists and inflatables for kids 12 and under. Fireworks are scheduled to start around 9:30 p.m. For full details, visit Lee’s Summit’s website here.
  • Liberty
    • When: July 3 at 6 p.m.
    • Where: Fountain Bluff Sports Complex, 2200 Old State Highway 210 | Liberty, Missouri
    • Additional Details: Free family fun activities, live music, DJ, inflatables, face painting and glitter tattoo artists, balloon animals, fishing in the stocked ponds, party trailers, virtual reality, lawn games and fireworks. For full details, visit The Liberty Fest website here.
  • Parkville
    • When: July 4 at 9:45 p.m.
    • Where: Historic Downtown Parkville
    • Additional Details: Festivities start in the morning with a pancake breakfast from 7 - 11 a.m., the community parade begins at 10 a.m. and fireworks at 9:45 p.m. For full details, visit Parkville’s website here.
  • Gladstone
    • When: July 4 from 7 - 10:30 p.m.
    • Where: Oak Grove Park, 7600 N. Troost, Gladstone, Missouri
    • Cost: Free
    • Additional Details: Gather at Oak Grove Park to enjoy live music, snacks and a dazzling fireworks display. For full details, visit Gladstone’s Facebook page here.

From all of us at Axcet HR Solutions, we wish you a safe and happy Fourth of July.

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Written by Gerald Diddle