To help you have a safe celebration this Fourth of July holiday, here is a list of fun events around the metro. PLEASE NOTE, SOME EVENTS ARE NOT ON JULY 4th! Be safe and have a blast!!
Longview Lake: As a thank you to county residents who made it possible for Kauffmann Stadium to host the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Jackson County is holding an “Appreciation Celebration” on July 4 at Longview Lake Beach! The event is free and gates open at 6pm. There will be live music provided by David Basse Orchestra, as well as food vendors representing restaurants from around the area. The event will culminate with the largest fireworks finale in Jackson County. More information on the event can be found at www.jackson.org
KCRiverFest. KCRiverFest will be held on Wednesday, July 4th from 1:00pm – 11:00pm, with live performances, family activities and games, delicious food, fun entertainment, local vendors and fireworks at 10:05pm. Tickets are $5 at the gate or $4 in advance. See www.kcriverfest.com
Lee’s Summit: On Tuesday, July 3rd, Lee’s Summit’s Legacy Blast will include food vendors, entertainers and inflatables before a fireworks display which is set to music on 94.9 KCMO. South entrance of Legacy Park will open at 6pm and close at 9pm to traffic. For more info call (816) 969-1500.
Red, White, and Zoo: Active and retired military individuals with valid ID receive FREE admission to the Kansas City Zoo on July 1 - July 4th. Military families will receive the Zoo’s military discount of $1 off regular Zoo admission prices. For more information, please call 816-513-5800.
Raymore: The city’s annual “Spirit of America” celebration is held in Raymore’s Recreation Park, 1021 S. Madison St. The event begins July 4th at 4 p.m. with food, kids games, a classic car show, and music by “Ten Feet Down” before the fireworks begin at dusk.
Overland Park: July 4th Star-Spangled Spectacular at Corporate Woods includes a free music, concessions, activities and inflatables starting at 4pm, and one of the biggest fireworks displays in the metro at 9:30pm. For more info see www.starspangledspectacular.org
Independence: On Wednesday, July 4th, a concert by the Spirit of Independence Concert Band will be followed by fireworks at the Mormon Visitors Center, 937 W. Walnut. Gates open at 8pm, band starts at 8:30pm and fireworks start at 9:30pm. Please note, parking is limited, and bring blankets and lawnchairs. Call (816) 325-7860 for more info.
Worlds of Fun & Oceans of Fun will offer FREE admission for active reserve, retired and veteran military personnel on July 3, 4, and 5. Must present a valid ID. Worlds of Fun will feature fireworks on July 4th at 10pm, and will also have fireworks every Saturday in July. See www.worldsoffun.com.
Leawood: Leawood City Park is hosting events July 4th. Kids activities and food vendors will be available from 5-9:30pm. Fireworks will begin at 9:45 p.m. Shuttle bus transportation to the park will be provided in the west lots along Tomahawk Creek Parkway at no cost. For info call (913) 339-6700 ext. 201.
Grace Point Baptist Church: With the best view of the Fourth of July fireworks and free popcorn and snowcones, Grace Point Baptist Church invites the South Kansas City neighborhood to celebrate the nation’s birthday on the highest hill in the city at 10415 Chestnut, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 7:30 p.m., weather permitting. On the church campus overlooking interstate I-435 at Blue River Road, guests will want to arrive early, bring blankets and bug spray, and enjoy this opportunity to meet others in the community. Signs will direct guests to parking areas. Blue River Road is currently closed north of the campus. Access the campus by Blue River Road from the south at Red Bridge Road or from 105th Terrace off of Grandview Road.