Fireworks, festivals and fun: Our guide to the weekend’s Independence Day events

The biggest July Fourth celebrations will be KC RiverFest at Berkley Riverfront Park, the Star Spangled Spectacular at Coroporate Woods in Overland Park and Jackson County’s Fourth of July Celebration at Longview Lake. But not all the celebrations will include fireworks, and they won’t all be on the actual holiday.

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Independence Day display in Jackson County expected to include biggest bang in U.S.

Jackson County officials watched proudly Friday as a 24-inch, 130-pound shell was wheeled into place for a July 4th fireworks display. It’s believed to be the largest commercial fireworks shell in the United States this year.

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Review: Apple Music is strong on design, weak on social networking

Apple said “yes” to cramming every popular method of consuming music into one app: a streaming service similar to Spotify; radio features that compete with Internet and satellite services like Pandora and Sirius XM; and its old music player for listening to downloaded songs. The weakness of Apple Music is Connect, the social network for musicians, which allows artists to upload media.

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