UPDATED Things to Do on the 4th of July in Kansas City 2020 (Fireworks & Parades)

I think we can all agree there are tons of fun things to do on the 4th of July in Kansas City. 4th of July fireworks shows, sparklers, & a sea of red, white & blue at 4th of July parades!

Plus, no work, & kids are out of school…

So, if you need to find where to watch fireworks, we’ve found the best fireworks shows. Where are the 4th of July parades near you? Got that too! There are festivals, all-day celebrations & other fourth of July events…& we have your fourth of July scoop!

4th of july things to do

Fireworks shows are one of the best things things to do on the 4th of July, but there are so many other things to do too! Independence Day parades, festivals, special discounts for military members…the list goes on & on.

Best Things to do on the 4th of July in KC

Fireworks, Parades, Festivals, & More:

Check out this extensive list of Kansas City firework shows (& beyond), 4th of July parades, festivals, & other 4th of July events. Always be sure to consider the safety of pets & children during the 4th of July too!

Have a 4th of July picnic at one of the Best Picnic Spots in KC or, bring your family closer with our Top 10 4th of July Family Traditions. Looking for 4th of July snack ideas? Try the red, white, & blue waffle recipe or check out where Kids Eat Free during the week!

Or cool off at a KC swimming pool or splash park near you!

4th of July Events & Kansas City Fireworks: Verified

Free Play at Incredible Pizza

America’s Incredible Pizza Company: 13110 W 62nd Terrace Shawnee, KS 66216

Saturday, July 4th 11 am to 5 pm

Come play for 1 hour for FREE! The deal does not include virtual reality or redemption tickets. Buffet will close at 4 pm.

Lenexa 4th of July Community Parade

Old Town Lenexa

July 1st – 4th

Celebrate independence day with the front porch parade! This tradition will feature local businesses and homes decorated to celebrate the 4th of July. It’s FREE here!

Gardner July 4th Celebration

Celebration Park: 32501 W 159th Street Gardner, KS

Saturday, July 4th 10pm

** There will be no events or activities. Only fireworks.

Gladstone Fireworks Display

7656 N Troost Ave, Gladstone, MO 64118 (Oak Grove Park)

Saturday, July 4th

Check out this 4th of July fireworks show at the amphitheater in Oak Grove Park! The event is from 7-10 pm!

Oak Grove Fireworks Display

Bent Oak Park: 1300 SE 30th Street Oak Grove, MO

Saturday July 4th 10:00 pm – 10:30 pm

The fireworks show will start around 9:30 pm, depending on when it gets dark. You must view from home, because the park closed.

Worlds of Fun – Celebrate America

4545 Worlds of Fun Ave Kansas City, MO

Worlds of Fun will hold their Celebrate America event on Thursday July 4th! Enjoy a spectacular firework show accompanied with patriotic music. Plus, Military personnel get in FREE with their government ID!

** Find updates on Worlds of Fun policies and how to reserve your spot – MUST have Season Pass.

Lenexa Freedom Run

Old Town Lenexal Santa Fe Trail Dr, & Pflumm Rd. Lenexs, KS 66215

July 1st – 4th

This year, the Freedom Run will be held virtually. You can run, walk or jog anywhere you would like to participate in this event. Race fees are $20. A patriotic t-shirt is also included and can be picked up from the Lenexa Community center July 2nd from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm or July 3rd from 9:00 am-3:00 pm

4th Of July Fireworks Show

11031 S. Valley Pkwy Olathe, Kansas

Saturday, July 4th

Check out the annual fireworks display in Olathe, Kansas Thursday July 4th at 9:45 pm by the College Boulevard Activity center. This is a free fireworks show that offers free parking as well. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early for optimal viewing and parking.

OP Star Spangled Spectacular

Corporate Woods Founders Park: 8717 W. 110th Street Overland Park, KS

Saturday, July 4th from 5 to 10 pm

There will only be a fireworks display this year. It begins around 9:45 pm. Parking will be at Corporate Woods. Patrons are allowed to bring in outside food and drink (except glass containers).

Smithville Lake Fireworks

Smithville Lake: Smithville, MO

Saturday, July 4th

Come enjoy fabulous fireworks at the lake from 7-10pm! Event will be held at the north end of the Smithville Dam. or at Smith’s Fork Park. There is also a group watching the Fireworks on the Water check out how you can paddle board, kayak, or canoe to watch the fireworks too.

Stilwell Fireworks & Parade

Stilwell, KS

Saturday, July 4th

The parade starts at 6:00 pm with live music to follow from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm The display is set to launch between 9:00 pm and 9:30 pm.

Village Fest in Prairie Village

77th & Mission Rd. Prairie Village, KS

Saturday July 4th 9:00 am- 12:00 pm.

This year, VillageFest will be a drive through event. You can decorate your car and drive through the municipal campus. There will be goodie bags for children over 2 and there will be social media activities that will allow you to participate as well.

Moved to Different Date:

Lansing Fireworks Celebration

** Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park: 15650 Gilman Road Lansing, KS

Postponed until Labor Day weekend Friday September 4th and 5th, Fields will open at 5:15 pm. More info to come.

KC Air Show

Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport: 900 Richards Rd, Kansas City, MO 64116

Postponed to September 5th & 6th

You can watch the Blue Angels & other air show participants show off their crazy stunts! Get tickets online.

Events Not Verified:

** The below event info is from 2019 events. These below events have NOT announced any new information for their events. We are unsure if they are cancelled or moving forward.

Red, White, & Zoo

Kansas City Zoo 6800 Zoo Dr Kansas City, MO

Saturday, Sunday, & Thursday (6/29, 6/30, 7/4)

Explore the zoo over 4th of July weekend/week with your kiddos! Active and retired military individuals receive FREE admission to the Kansas City Zoo & family members receive $1 off admission!

This activity is included in the POGO Pass- 16 kids activities for less than $40! Purchase a POGO Pass with code ifamilykc to get the pass for ONLY $39.95. This is a steal.

City of Independence Fireworks & Celebration

937 W Walnut St. Independence, MO

Come enjoy a fun, family friendly night full of live music & fireworks. Entertainment from Red Head Express  begins at 7 pm & snack food/beverages will be available for purchase. Fireworks will start around 9:30 pm, but gates open at 6pm. You are not allowed to bring alcohol, outside coolers, animals, or fireworks. For more information please call 816-325-7370 or 816-325-7843

Kearney Fireworks Celebration

Kearney Amphitheater: North, 3001 MO-33, Kearney, MO

The Switch concert begins at 7:30 pm and fireworks start at 9:30. There will be free admission to the community event and free inflatables for kids. You can bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the fireworks in comfort. There will also be concessions for purchase & camping for $20! Reservations Required. Call 816-903-4724 or 816-903-4730.

Booms & Blooms at Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens: 1609 NW US Hwy 50, Kingsville, MO

The Powell Gardens has plenty of things to do on 4th of July! You do have to pay admission to the park for this event & there is a $5 Parking Fee but come find a seat on the lawn to enjoy the colorful flowers and fireworks. There will be many fun activities during the day so plan to come early. Plus there will be a performance by the Lee’s Summit Symphony during the fireworks. Powell Gardens members can attend for free.

Leawood 4th of July Celebration

Leawood City Park: 10601 Lee Blvd. Leawood, KS

Come enjoy entertainment, food trucks, & fireworks this 4th of July! Fireworks begin at 9:45 pm. There will be face painting, inflatables, & other activities for the kids to enjoy. You can also purchase BBQ, snow cones, kettle corn, & other snacks. Admission is FREE for all, but some activities cost. You can buy an all activities pass for $5. Check online for a full schedule of activities.

Day Out With Frank and Ella Independence Day: 1860’s Style

1200 E Kansas City Rd, Olathe, KS 66061

The whole family can experience what it was like on July 4th… in the 1860-70’s. Visit the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm for live blacksmiths demonstrations, cookstove demonstrations, patriotic songs and even a signing of the Declaration of Independence!

All activities included with regular site admission. Adults are $7, Children $5 & kids ages 4 & below are free. Olathe residents receive $2 off.

Parkville 4th of July Celebration

English Landing Park: 100 Main Street Parkville, MO

The Parkville Carnival will open Wednesday at 6:00 and remain open through Saturday evening. The celebration will include a parade from 10-11:30 am on Thursday, carnival rides and vendors and a fireworks display Thursday evening! The fireworks show starts at 9:45 pm at Grigsby Field.

Check the website for specific locations for each event activity.

Platte City Fireworks Display

7130 MO-371, Platte City, MO 64079

Need a place to watch fireworks this 4th of July? Head out to Platte City to enjoy patriotic music and a free 4th of July fireworks show starting around 9:45!

Pleasant Hill Fireworks & Celebration

Skyline Field – 1301 Myrtle in Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080.

Join the celebration of the founding of our Country as the City exhibits a beautiful fireworks showcase at Skyline field. Located next to the pool at 1300 Myrtle, the display kicks off at 9:00 pm on the 4th.

Westwood Fireworks Display

St. Agnes Athletic Field: 5130 Mission Rd. Roeland Park, KS

Grab your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the fireworks in comfort! Parking is limited, so you are encouraged to walk. Because parking for this 4th of July celebration is limited

PARKED! Foodtrucks & Fireworks in Shawnee

47th & Woodland Shawnee, KS 66217

Hang out in Stump Park to celebrate 4th of July in Shawnee! There will be music, food trucks, fireworks shows, & tons of fun. The event is free for all.

Bring your own chairs and blanket to chill on the lawn at the stage.

1/2 OFF at Shawnee SplashTacular

13817Johnson Drive Shawnee, KS 66216

Come swim at the Shawnee Civic Center all 4th of July for half price!

RiverFest 4th of July Festival

Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park: 1298 Riverfront Dr. KCMO

Bring your lawn chairs for the big 4th of July party in Kansas City. Riverfest takes place at Berkley Riverfront Park. You can enjoy family friendly activities and entertainment, food trucks, live music with 2 stages, and a huge fireworks display! Tickets are $5 and parking is $10. Find tickets, directions and more on the Riverfest website.

Raymore 4th of July Celebration

Recreation Park 1011 S. Madison St. Raymore, Missouri 64083

The Spirit of America Celebration  event is free to attend and will include food trucks, fun kids activities, a live band, moonwalk, kids giveaways, and the fireworks, which start at dusk. Bring plenty of chairs and blankets for the whole family!

De Soto 4th of July Parade

Main Street Downtown Desoto, MO

The 4th of July parade starts at 10 am then the festivities continue all day. Start at Mahns Funeral Home and end at Desoto High School Come out and celebrate this Fourth of July Event!

4th of July at Missouri Town 1855

Missouri Town: 8010 E. Park Road Lee’s Summit, MO

Come enjoy interpretive activities like patriotic speeches, children’s games, period cooking, dancing, and militia marches. There will be a traditional Missouri Town Independence Parade! Adults are $7.00, Kids 5-13 & Seniors $4.00, Kids 5 & younger are FREE.

Four on the Fourth Run

Ward Parkway

Race start time is 7:30 am. You get a t-shirt, root beer float, photos with Uncle Same and a medal. Come get active before you eat all the delicious 4th of July food this week!

Cancelled 4th of July Events for 2020:

** These events have announced cancellation for 2020.

Four on the Fourth Run

8600 Ward Parkway Kansas City, MO

Thursday, July 4th at 7:30 am

Race start time is 7:30 am. Participants in this 4th of July event will receive a  t-shirt, root beer float, photos with Uncle Sam and a medal!  Come get active before you eat all the delicious 4th of July food this week!

Happy Birthday USA at Discovery Play – Closed

Paradise Park: 1021 NE Colbern Rd. Lee’s Summit, MO 64086

All 4th of July week – June 30th to July 6th

It’s America’s birthday at the Discovery Play Center in Paradise Park! So, come play & make 4th of July activities with your kids.

This is the perfect activity for kids 7 & younger. They can explore all kinds of stations! Check online for time specifics – varies by day.

Liberty 4th Fest

Fountain Bluff Sports Complex: 2200 Old State Hwy 210 Liberty, MO

Wednesday, July 3rd from 6 to 10 pm

Free family activities which  include DJs, inflatables, face painting, balloon animals, fishing, and lawn games. The beer garden and food trucks will run from 6 to 10 pm, live music from 8 to 10pm followed by fireworks at 10!

Fireworks 1860’s Style: Family Fun Night

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm: 1200 E. Kansas City Road Olathe, Kansas

Thursday, July 11th from 6 to 10 pm

Bring your blankets, chairs, and snacks to enjoy an all- American day of fun. Everyone is welcome at this FREE community event!

There will be a living history exhibit with the Mahaffie House, Agricultural Heritage, Livestock Barn, cooking demonstrations on an authentic cook stove, & stagecoach rides. There will be live music by the Olathe Civic Band at 7:30 pm and Gum Springs Serenaders at 8:30 pm. You can also hear a reading from the Deceleration of Independence at 9:20 p.m. with a cannon fire that will signal the start of the 1860s style Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Lights on the Lake

Osawatomie City Lake: 32942 West Lakeside Drive Osawatomie, KS

June 27-29th

This new 4th of July tradition includes a parade, face painting, balloon artists, inflatables, community events and more for 3 days at the lake followed by a spectacular fireworks display on the 29th! Check out their event site for more details and times for specific events.

Flags for Freedom

Merriam Marketplace: 5740 Merriam Drive Merriam, KS

Saturday June 29th- Saturday July 6th

Come see Downtown Merriam transform into a sea of American Flags and stop by for the Merriam Marketplace! There will also be a variety of activities all week long so check their site for an exact list of activities and times.

Weston Fourth of July Community Celebration

Main Street, Weston, Missouri, 64098

Wednesday July 4th from 10 am to 10 pm

The day will be filled with fun family events and things to do for the 4th of July. Main Street will be closed for the festivities which  will include  a parade, family fun, music, pie baking contest corn hull tournament and of course a beautiful 4th of July fireworks display! Check the full list of scheduled events on their website.

Be sure to sign-up for The Scoop, so you don’t miss any of the 4th of July festivities! You will get the Weekend Planner delivered right to you every week…never search for things to do again!

Before you head out to view the fireworks shows, check your destinations site to see if there are any rules and guidelines for capacity, pets, chairs and beverages you can bring. Some places are located on school and church campuses so glass and alcohol may be restricted. Also, fireworks have gotten louder over the years, make sure you bring noise reduction headphones or earplugs. Don’t forget the snacks and blankets too! Have a great 4th of July.

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