37 Things to Do for 4th of July (Fireworks, Parades, Festivals & More)
I think we can all agree we look forward to 4th of July…
No work, kids are out of school, & so many things to do all week!
…fireworks, sparklers, parades, & a sea of red, white, & blue.
Things to do for 4th of July
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, town festivals, special discounts for military members…the list goes on & on.
If you’re looking for the best fireworks shows, 4th of July parades, festivals, or all-day celebrations…we’ve got the scoop all week long!
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Fireworks, Parades, Festivals, & More:
Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park: 1298 Riverfront Dr. KCMO
Wednesday, July 4th from 4 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, but 12 & under are free. Find tickets, directions and more on the Riverfest website.
English Landing Park: 100 Main Street Parkville, MO
Wednesday, July 4th from 10 am to 10 pm
Parkville will hold a 4th of July parade at 10 am and a full day of festivities to follow. The best themed “floats” or wagons in the parade win money…cold hard cash! There will be a carnival with vendors, carnival rides, live performances, a sky diving exhibition, beer garden, pancake breakfast & of course a fantastic fireworks show.
The fireworks show starts at 9:45 pm at Grigsby Field. Check the website for specific locations for each event activity.
College Boulevard Activity Complex: 11031 S. Valley Road Olathe, Kansas
Wednesday, July 4th at 9:45 pm
Come enjoy a huge fireworks display from the City of Olathe on Wednesday the 4th of July! The fireworks start at 9:45 pm, but they recommend arriving early for anticipated traffic. There will be parking at Olathe Northwest High School, Meadow Lane Elementary, and the College Boulevard Activity Complex.
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm: 1200 E. Kansas City Road Olathe, Kansas
Wednesday, July 4th from 10 am to 4 pm
Your family can explore the Stagecoach Stop & Farm! Independence Day was the biggest celebration of the year in 1860, so come experience a true Independence Day! You can ride the stagecoach, meet Uncle Same, enjoy old-time food like pie, ice cream, or root beer floats, & other family friendly activities. There will be:
- 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. A Declaration of Independence reading & cannon firing
- 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Marching drills & paper hat making
All activities included with regular site admission. Adults are $7, Children $5 & kids ages 4 & below are free. Olathe residents receive $2 off.
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm: 1200 E. Kansas City Road Olathe, Kansas
Thursday, July 5th from 6 to 10 pm
Everyone is welcome at this FREE community event on ! 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. Details can be found at Mahaffie.org.
Stagecoach Park at Olathe Community Center
Friday, July 6th from 6 to 10 pm
Come enjoy a FREE night of fun from Olathe Live! with Liverpool and special guests The M80’s. There will be food trucks for your family to enjoy & vehicles to explore at the Touch-A-Truck. There will be free parking at Olathe Northwest for your convenience.
Oak Grove Park: Gladstone, MO 64118
Wednesday, July 4th from 7 to 10 pm
There will be live entertainment start at 7 pm from Mango Yango, including country, rock, & dance songs from the 50s to 70’s. The North Star Community Band will perform, then there will be a fireworks display. The viewing is FREE and you can find more information about parking here.
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.
BS High School: 2000 NW Ashton Drive in Blue Springs, Missouri
Wednesday, July 4th from 6:30 to 10 pm
Live entertainment will start at 7:30 & the fireworks display begins around 9:45 pm.
Fountain Bluff Sports Complex: 2200 Old State Hwy 210 Liberty, MO
Tuesday, July 3rd from 6 to 10 pm
Free family activities include DJs, inflatables, face painting, balloon animals, fishing, and lawn games. The beer garden and food trucks will run from 6 to 10 pm and there will be a corn hole tournament at 6:45. Enjoy live music from 8 to 10 before the fireworks start at 10!
Pleasant Valley Baptist Church:
Saturday June 30th from 6 to 10 pm
There will be kids activities starting at 6: games, food trucks, inflatables, and live music. There will be a special program honoring service men and women at 8:30, then the fireworks begin at 9:30.
Wednesday, July 4th
From 9:50 to 10:50 pm you can enjoy a beautiful fireworks display to celebrate your 4th of July!
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.
937 W Walnut St. Independence, MO
Tuesday, July 3 from 7 to 10 pm
Come enjoy a fun, family friendly night full of live music & fireworks. Entertainment from Prince Ivan begins at 7 pm & snack food/beverages will be available for purchase. Fireworks will start around 9:30 pm, but gates open at 6 pm. You are not allowed to bring alcohol, outside coolers, animals, or fireworks. For more information please call 816-325-7370 or 816-325-7843
Legacy Park: NE Legacy Park Dr Lee’s Summit, MO
Tuesday, July 3rd from 5 to 10 pm
Fireworks start around 9:30 pm, but the family friendly event also includes snacks/beverages, free face-painting, balloon artists, and bounce houses for kids 12 and under.
Wednesday, July 4th at 7:15 pm
Enjoy good old fashioned baseball fun with the kids this Fourth of July! The game begins at 7:15 and the spectacular fireworks display will follow the game. You can buy tickets online or at the stadium, but be aware they might sell out before.
Corporate Woods Founders Park: 8717 W. 110th Street
Wednesday, July 4th from 5 to 10 pm
Enjoy food trucks and live music from the Overland Park Civic Band & The Elders from 6 to 8 pm. Then, the fireworks display begins around 9:45 pm. Parking will be at Corporate Woods.
Smithville Lake: Smithville, MO
Come enjoy fabulous fireworks at the lake! The fireworks show begins at dark! 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.
Old Town Lenexa
Wednesday, July 4th at 10 am
Join Lenexa for their annual hometown parade to celebrate Independence Day. The parade is one of the longest running Fourth of July parades in the Kansas City area! Event admission is FREE to all, so come enjoy!
Leawood City Park: 10601 Lee Blvd. Leawood, KS
Wednesday, July 4th till 10 pm
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.
Celebration Park: 32501 W 159th Street Gardner, KS
Wednesday, July 4th from 3:30 to 10:30 pm
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 Lee’s Summit’s best fireworks displays. Fireworks begin at 10 pm.
Kearney Amphitheater: North, 3001 MO-33, Kearney, MO
Tuesday, 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.
Missouri Town: 8010 E. Park Road Lee’s Summit, MO
Wednesday, 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.
Kansas City Zoo
Saturday, Sunday, & Wednesday (6/30, 7/1, 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!
St. Agnes Athletic Field: 5130 Mission Rd. Roeland Park, KS
4545 Worlds of Fun Ave
Worlds of Fun will hold their Celebrate America event throughout the week. Check the website for specific events for each day. Military personnel get in FREE with their government ID!
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!
Main Street Downtown Desoto, KS
Wednesday, July 4th
The parade starts at 10 am then the festivities continue all day. There will be waterfights, bounce houses, vendors, train rides, and concessions for sale. Come enjoy the family fun all day!
Wednesday, 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.
77th & Mission Rd. Prairie Village, KS
Wednesday, July 4th from 7:30 am to 1 pm
There will be a pancake breakfast starting at 7:30 am and family events all day. You can enjoy kids crafts, inflatables & slides, face peinting, petting zoo, pony rides, a car show, train rides, kids parade & more fun till 1!
Osawatomie City Lake: 32942 West Lakeside Drive Osawatomie, KS
Wednesday, July 4th at 10 pm
The fireworks show will be from 10 to 10:30 pm! Come enjoy the lights on the lake.
City Park: 706 Ash St, Harrisonville, MO
Wednesday, July 4th starting at 11 am
There will be a big fireworks display starting at dark. A kids bike parade will also start at 11 am. You can enjoy the pool from noon to 8 pm, where there will be pool games & contests, as well as free family fun & activities like face painting and inflatables. The family activities are free. There will also be live music from 7:30 to 9 pm.
Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park: 15650 Gilman Road Lansing, KS
Friday, June 29th 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 wrist bands 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.
Merriam Marketplace: 5740 Merriam Drive Merriam, KS
4th of July events will be happening all week long!
Powell Gardens: 1609 NW US Hwy 50, Kingsville, MO
Saturday, June 30th
You do have to pay admission to the park for this event & there is a $5 Parking Fee. Find a seat on the lawn to enjoy the colorful flowers and fireworks. There will be many fun activities furing the day & a performance by the Lee’s Summit Symphony during the fireworks. Powell Gardens members can attend for free.
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. Main Street will be closed for the festivities. There will be a parade, family fun, music, watermelon eating contest, free snow cones, basket auction, and of course fireworks! Check online for the full schedule.
Recreation Park 1011 S. Madison St. Raymore, Missouri 64083
Saturday, June 30th from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 pm
There will be a car show from 4 to 6:30 pm and live music starts at 7! The 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 9:30.
Before you head out to view the fireworks, 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.