39 Things to Do on the 4th of July in Kansas City (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:

RiverFest 4th of July Festival

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

Thursday, July 4th from 3 to 10 pm

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.

Royals 4th of July Fireworks

Kauffman Stadium One Royal Way Kansas City, MO

Wednesday, July 3rd at 7:15 pm

Enjoy a  good old fashioned baseball game with the kids this Fourth of July! The game begins at 7:15 and the spectacular fireworks display will follow the game. So, you don’t need to know where to watch the fireworks – you can stay at the game to enjoy! You can buy tickets online or at the stadium, but be aware they might sell out before.

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.

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!

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!

KC Air Show

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

July 6th & 7th all day. 

4th of July Weekend you can watch the Blue Angels & other air show participants show off their crazy stunts! Get tickets online. 


Fireworks in Gardner:

Gardner July 4th Celebration

Celebration Park: 32501 W 159th Street Gardner, KS

Thursday, July 4th from 3:30 to 10pm

Come out & enjoy the day with your family! There will be live entertainment, yummy food vendors, bounce houses, face painting, zip lines, and one of the city’s best fireworks shows. Fireworks begin at 10 pm.


Events and Fireworks in Gladstone: (& near)

Gladstone Fireworks Display

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

Thursday 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

Wednesday July 4th starting at 6 pm (gates open at 5:30)

The event will be filled with fun family activities including face painting, inflatables, balloon animals, tethered hot air balloon rides, live music, food trucks, and a great fireworks show. The event is totally free except for the food trucks. The fireworks show will start around 9:30 pm, depending on when it gets dark. 


Celebrate 4th of July in Independence:

City of Independence Fireworks & Celebration

937 W Walnut St. Independence, MO

Wednesday, July 3 from 7 to 10 pm

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


Concert and Fireworks in Kearney:

Kearney Fireworks Celebration

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

Wednesday, July 3rd at 7:30 pm

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.


Kingsville 4th of July Event and Fireworks Show:

Booms & Blooms at Powell Gardens

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

Saturday, June 29th

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.


Fireworks in Lansing:

Lansing Fireworks Celebration

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

Friday, June 28th at 6 pm

There will be free parking at the event until 7pm & a shuttle from Lansing High School (the last shuttle leaves at 9:15 pm). There will be inflatables for kids & other fun rides too! Each ride costs $1 or you can purchase wristbands for $12. This is one of the largest fireworks shows in the area, so come enjoy with your family! There will be live music & music to go along with the fireworks.


Were to Watch Fireworks in Leawood:

Leawood 4th of July Celebration 

Leawood City Park: 10601 Lee Blvd. Leawood, KS

Thursday, July 4th 6pm- 9:30pm

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.


4th of July Things to Do in Lee’s Summit:

4th of July at Missouri Town 1855

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

Thursday, July 4th from 9 am to 4:30 pm

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.

Happy Birthday USA at Discovery Play

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.


4th of July Events in Lenexa:

Lenexa 4th of July Community Parade

Old Town Lenexa

Thursday, July 4th at 10 am

Join Lenexa for their annual hometown parade to celebrate Independence Day! The 4th of July parade is one of the longest running parades in the Kansas City area! Event admission is FREE to all, so come enjoy!

Lenexa Freedom Run

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

Thursday, July 4th starting at 7 am

There will be nearly 1,600 people participating in this family-friendly race. You can run, walk, or even push a stroller!

Four on the Fourth Run

Ward Parkway

Wednesday, July 4th at 7 am

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!


Liberty 4th of July Events & Fireworks:

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!


4th of July Events and Fireworks in Olathe:

4th Of July Fireworks Show

11031 S. Valley Pkwy Olathe, Kansas

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.

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

1200 E Kansas City Rd, Olathe, KS 66061

Starting at 10am, Wednesday July 3rd and 10 am July 4th, 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.

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.


4th of July Parade & Fireworks in Osawatomie:

Lights on the Lake

Osawatomie City Lake: 32942 West Lakeside Drive Osawatomie, KS

Thursday 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.


Live Music and Fireworks in Overland Park:

OP Star Spangled Spectacular

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

Thursday, July 4th from 5 to 10 pm

Enjoy food trucks and live music from the State Line Drive & Noe Palma from 6 to 8 pm. Then, the fireworks display begins around 9:45 pm. Parking will be at Corporate Woods. Patrons are allowed to bring in outside food and drink (except glass containers) and food trucks will be onsite as well.


4th of July Events in Parkville:

Parkville 4th of July Celebration

English Landing Park: 100 Main Street Parkville, MO

  • Wednesday, July 3rd 6pm-10pm
  • Thursday July 4th 11am- 10pm
  • July 6th from 10 am to 10 pm

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.


4th of July Fireworks in Platte City:

Platte City Fireworks Display

7130 MO-371, Platte City, MO 64079

Thursday, July 4th

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!


4th of July in Pleasant Hill:

Pleasant Hill Fireworks & Celebration

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

Wednesday, July 4th

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.


Roeland Park 4th of July Event:

Westwood Fireworks Display

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

Wednesday, July 3rd at dusk

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


4th of July Events in Shawnee: (& near)

PARKED! Foodtrucks & Fireworks in Shawnee

47th & Woodland Shawnee, KS 66217

June 28th 5:30 to 9:30 pm

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!

De Soto 4th of July Parade

Main Street Downtown Desoto, MO

Thursday, July 4th

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 Fireworks Show in Smithville:

Smithville Lake Fireworks

Smithville Lake: Smithville, MO

Thursday 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.


Fireworks Show & 4th of July Parade in Stillwell:

Stilwell Fireworks & Parade

Stilwell, KS

Thursday, July 4th

Come enjoy the fireworks & 4th of July parade! The fireworks begin at dark. 🙂 You can park at the gas station to enjoy the light show. 


Events & Fireworks in Raymore:

Raymore 4th of July Celebration

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

Saturday, June 29th from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 pm

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!


4th of July Fireworks & Events in Weston:

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.


Other 4th of July Around KC:

Village Fest in Prairie Village

77th & Mission Rd. Prairie Village, KS

Thursday, July 4th from 7:30 am to 1 pm

There will be a pancake breakfast starting at 7:30 am  ($5 a plate) and family events all day. You can enjoy kids crafts, inflatables & slides, face painting, petting zoo, pony rides, a car show, train rides, kids parade & more fun until 1 pm!


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. 

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 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.

From our family to yours, iFamilyKC. 

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