Sparkling fireworks displays in Kansas City will help you celebrate Independence Day this year. Kansas City has all the firepower you could want in dozens of beautiful shows. Spread out your blanket at one of these spots for the next Fourth of July.
Whether you want to delight in an amusement park or take in a more laid-back fireworks display in a small town, you're bound to make memories in Kansas City.
America's favorite baseball team offers fireworks after every Friday home game, but they really do it up right for the Fourth of July! When the holiday falls during a home game, there are usually two fireworks shows to catch.
When: Independence Day; check the schedule for specific dates.
Tickets: Starting at $20.
Fireworks start: At the conclusion of the game each night
Kansas City's largest fireworks display happens at this festival every year at Berkley's Riverfront Park along the banks of the Missouri River. In addition to an hour-long show, there is also music, food, and family activities.
When: 3–10 p.m.
Tickets: $5 purchased online or cash only at the gate (children 12 and under are free).
For everyone on the Kansas side of the state line, the office park called Corporate Woods has an annual July Fourth Festival that benefits the Overland Park Rotary Club and local charities every year. There's food, games, and live music, and the fireworks display is simulcast with music on local radio stations.
When: 5–10 p.m.
Tickets: Free admission
Fireworks start: 9:40 p.m.
Rain date: If it's wet by showtime, come back on July 5 for the fireworks. All other festivities will be canceled in the case of bad weather.
Jackson County's "Big Bang" 4th of July Celebration
Eastern Jackson County residents can head out to Longview Lake, shelter #13 by the beach for the annual Big Bang 4th of July Celebration with local bands and food trucks. There will also be a military tribute and skydivers. Music will be simulcast on 94.9 FM.
When: 5:30–10 p.m.
Tickets: Free admission
Fireworks start: Around 9:45 p.m.
Kansas City's own amusement park and attached water park have been celebrating the Fourth since their opening in 1973. With BBQ & Boom, there will be smoked BBQ, craft beer from Boulevard Brewing Company, and fireworks on July 4 making for a great day. The park will also offer discounts on tickets to military members on the 4th as part of Military Appreciation Day.
When: July 4
Tickets: See ticket page for pricing; one ticket is good for admission to both parks.
Fireworks start: 10 p.m.
Small Town Celelebrations
In addition to the parties above, many suburbs have their own celebrations to go to and fireworks to watch. Blue Springs, Fort Leavenworth, Gladstone, Independence, Leawood, Lee's Summit, Lenexa, Olathe, Parkville, Raymore, and Smithville usually have activities.