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Fireworks to music: Your guide to July 4 events in the Kansas City area

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Watch some Kansas City fireworks shows set to 'Battle Hymn of the Republic."
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Watch some Kansas City fireworks shows set to 'Battle Hymn of the Republic."

As always, fireworks will be a big draw throughout the area to celebrate Independence Day, with at least one display every night through the holiday on Tuesday.

Worlds of Fun, in fact, will put on shows at 10 p.m. through Tuesday.

Even with Jackson County’s cancellation of its traditional event at Longview Lake, plenty of other big displays are scheduled. Among them: Lee’s Summit’s Legacy Blast on Monday and major events at Parkville, Berkley Riverfront Park and Corporate Woods on Tuesday.

It’s looking like Tuesday’s fireworks displays will face some weather challenges. Rain and storms, some possibly severe, are forecast to move into the Kansas City area in the early afternoon and linger throughout the evening on an otherwise hot and humid day. The high is expected to be in the upper 80s.

But if fireworks aren’t your thing — or perhaps your bedtime is too early to accommodate a display — you will have other options.

There will be multiple races. Also, Theatre for Young America will present “The Great Fourth of July Race of the Hare and the Tortoise” every day at H&R Block City Stage Theater in Union Station.

Finally, perhaps the most patriotic activity available would be a visit to the National World War I Museum, which will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and will present a concert by the 35th Infantry Band at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Fireworks and more

Worlds of Fun

What: Celebrate America fireworks; free admission for military July 4

When: 10 p.m. July 1-4

Where: 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave.

Info: worldsoffun.com, 816-303-5120

Liberty

What: Liberty 4th Fest with food trucks, beer garden, family activities, live music and fireworks

When: 5:30 p.m. July 3

Where: Fountain Bluff Sports Complex

Info: liberty4thfest.com

Lee’s Summit

What: Legacy Blast, with vendors, inflatables, entertainment and fireworks

When: 6 p.m. July 3

Where: Legacy Park

Info: cityofls.net, 816-969-1500

18th & Vine

What: The Black/Brown Community Celebration featuring Sheila E. and fireworks show

When: 7-10 p.m. July 3

Where: Paseo Boulevard, from Truman Road to 18th Street

Info: www.facebook.com/events/195454147647751/?ref=46

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

What: Independence Day Celebration: Hughes Brothers concert and fireworks

When: 7 p.m. July 3

Where: 937 W. Walnut, Independence

Info: visitindependence.com/event/independence-day-celebration

Kearney

What: Fireworks Celebration featuring concert by Switch

When: 7:30 p.m. July 3

Where: Kearney Amphitheater, Jesse James Park

Info: kearneyamphitheater.com

Bishop Miege High School

What: Fireworks display, put on by Mission Woods, Westwood Hills, Fairway, Westwood and Roeland Park

When: 9:30 p.m. July 3

Where: 5041 Reinhardt, Roeland Park

Info: fairwaykansas.org

Pierson Park

What: Fireworks display by Turner Recreation Commission and Wyandotte County Parks and Recreation

When: 9:45 p.m. July 3

Where: 1800 S. 55th, Kansas City, Kan.

Info: turnerrec.org

Parkville

What: July 4th celebration: Pancake breakfast, parade, carnival rides, music, skydiving exhibition and fireworks

When: 7 a.m. July 4 (carnival, June 29-July 4)

Where: Most events downtown

Info: parkvillemo.org/event/parkville-july-4th-celebration-2017

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm

What: Independence Day: 1860s style. Reading of Declaration of Independence, cannon firings, patriotic songs and fireworks

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4

Where: 1200 Kansas City Road, Olathe

Info: Regular admission, $3-$7; mahaffie.org, 913-971-5111

Harrisonville

What: Hometown celebration: family activities, entertainment and fireworks

When: 11 a.m. July 4

Where: City Park

Info: ci.harrisonville.mo.us, 816-380-8980

Gardner

What: Entertainment will include Rusty Laffoon, Big Time Grain Company and Tara Thompson. Also, food vendors, children’s activities and fireworks.

When: 3 p.m. July 4

Where: Celebration Park

Info: Free; gardnerkansas.gov

Berkley Riverfront Park

What: KC RiverFest. Huge fireworks show over Missouri River will follow evening of music on two stages, children’s activities, National Wrasslin’ League and more.

When: 4 p.m. July 4

Where: Grand Boulevard and Riverfront Road

Info: $5. kcriverfest.com

Merritt Lake

What: Salute to the Union and fireworks

When: 4 p.m. July 4

Where: Fort Leavenworth

Info: travelks.com/event/4th-of-july-celebration-at-fort-leavenworth/16316

Corporate Woods

What: Star Spangled Spectacular: live music, vendors and children’s activities, capped by fireworks and more music.

When: 5 p.m. July 4

Where: 8717 W. 110th, Overland Park

Info: corporatewoods.com/PublicEvents/July4thinCorporateWoods.aspx

Leawood City Park

What: Music by Four Fried Chickens and a Coke, rides, games, vendors and fireworks

When: 5 p.m. July 4

Where: 10601 Lee

Info: leawood.org/parks, 913-663-9151

Stilwell

What: Parade, dinner and fireworks

When: 6 p.m. July 4

Where: KCPL Service Center, 19950 Newton

Info: stilwellcommunity.org

Gladstone

What: Toni Gates Ensemble and Northstar Community Band followed by fireworks

When: 7 p.m. July 4

Where: Oak Grove Park

Info: www.gladstone.mo.us

Blue Springs

What: Red, White & Blue Springs, with live music by Dustin Collins and fireworks

When: 7:30 p.m. July 4

Where: Peve Stadium

Info: bluespringsgov.com/1429/4th-of-july

Platte City

What: Patriotic music and fireworks

When: 9 p.m. July 4

Where: Platte Ridge Park

Info: plattecitymo.com

Olathe

What: Olathe Red, White & Blue fireworks

When: 9:45 p.m. July 4

Where: College Boulevard Activity Complex

Info: olatheks.org/redwhiteblue

Other community celebrations

Prairie Village

What: VillageFest featuring children’s parade and other children’s activities, plus entertainment, pancake breakfast, car show and pie-baking contest.

When: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. July 4

Where: 77th Street and Mission Road

Info: pvkansas.com, 913-381-6464

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

What: Old-fashioned games, patriotic lessons and bike parade

When: 9 a.m.-noon July 4

Where: 13800 Switzer, Overland Park

Info: $2; artsandrec-op.org/farmstead

Missouri Town 1855

What: Independence Day 1850s style, including speeches, children’s games and parade

When: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. July 4

Where: Fleming Park, Lee’s Summit

Info: $4-$7; jacksongov.org/parks, 816-229-8980

Smithville

What: Nellie’s Mini Parade Fourth of July Celebration

When: 10 a.m. July 4

Where: Courtyard Park

Info: exploresmithville.com

Old Town Lenexa

What: Community Days Parade

When: 10 a.m. July 4

Where: Santa Fe Trail Drive and Pflumm Road

Info: lenexa.com/parks

Weston

What: Parade, picnic and music

When: 10:30 a.m. July 4

Where: Weston City Park

Info: westonmo.com, 816-640-2909

Other events

Kansas City Zoo

What: Red, White & Zoo; active and retired military individuals receive free admission

When: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. July 1-4

Where: 6800 Zoo Drive

Info: $11.50-$14.50; kansascityzoo.org, 816-595-1234

Downtown Merriam

What: Flags 4 Freedom flag display

When: July 1-8

Where: Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drive

Info: merriam.org/704/flags-4-freedom

Old Town Lenexa

What: Freedom Run 5K and 10K

When: 7 a.m. July 4

Where: Santa Fe Trail Drive and Pflumm Road

Info: $25-$30; lenexa.com/freedomrun, 913-477-7100

Summit Fair Shopping Center

What: Stars & Stripes 5K and kids’ fun run

When: 7:30 a.m. July 4

Where: 840 N.W. Blue Parkway, Lee’s Summit

Info: $12-$36; starsandstripes5K.com, 816-529-5860

Ward Parkway Center

What: Four on the 4th four-mile run/walk and Kids Dash

When: 7:30 a.m. July 4

Where: 8600 Ward Parkway

Info: $12-$40; wardparkwayfouronthefourth.com

H&R Block City Stage Theater

What: “The Great Fourth of July Race of the Hare and the Tortoise” by Theatre for Young America

When: 10 a.m. July 4-6; 10 a.m. and noon July 7; 2 p.m. July 8; closes July 8

Where: Union Station, 30 W. Pershing

Info: $11; unionstation.org or tya.org, 816-460-2020 or 816-460-2083

National World War I Museum

What: 35th Infantry Band Concert

When: 2 p.m. July 5

Where: Liberty Memorial, 100 W. 26th

Info: Free; theworldwar.org, 816-888-8100

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