Throughout the Northland, Independence Day festivities feature food, fireworks and family fun. Observances began as early as today, with a carnival in Parkville and end as late as Sunday afternoon, with an ice cream social and band concert in Weston City Park.
Patriotism continues to be an important theme in Weston later in the month.
The “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit arrives on Sunday, July 12. The exhibit is a war memorial featuring photos of members of the military who have died in war zones since Sept. 11, 2001.
The exhibit will be escorted into town and remain on display through July 19. At this time, the Weston Chamber of Commerce is honoring the memory of Colby Farnan, a 2000 graduate of West Platte High School, who was killed in 2005 while serving as a U.S. Army infantryman in Iraq. He was the son of Patrick and Deann Farnan, who live in Weston.
Colby Farnan’s memorial will be located in the Weston Chamber of Commerce office at 526 Main St. and is open to the public.
Here are just some of the Fourth of July activities planned in Clay and Platte counties.
The Parkville July Fourth Celebration opens today with food booths, commercial vendors and a carnival at 7 p.m. in the parking lot at the south end of Main Street. Tonight, as well as Thursday and Friday nights of the carnival, are wristband nights and one fee gets unlimited rides until 10 p.m.
The carnival continues from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.
At 7 a.m. on Saturday, the American Legion Post 318 at 11 Main St. is open to the public for a pancake breakfast. Call 816-741-5387.
The annual July Fourth Celebration parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday at 63rd Street and Missouri 9 and ends in Historic Downtown Parkville.
At 7:30 p.m., the Parkville Symphonic Band presents a free concert in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the campus of Park University. The band will play a number of patriotic tunes and Sousa marches. Call 816-741-7388 or visit www.parkvillesymphonicband.org.
At 9:45 p.m, fireworks rule the river at English Landing Park. A shuttle will be available from 6 p.m. until midnight to take spectators from Park Hill South High School, South Platte Community Center and Park University to downtown Parkville and back. Sponsored by Main Street Parkville Association Call 816-505-2227 or www.parkvillemo.org.
Celebrate Independence Day with historic American Ben Franklin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre.
“Ben Franklin Alive!” is a one-man, interactive show by Alan J. Prewitt and presented by the Corbin Theatre Co. Tickets are $12 and $7 for students and may be purchased at the theatre located at 1600 S. Withers Road. For more information, call 816-439-5362 or visit www.corbintheatre.org or www.bfranklinalive.com
North Kansas City, Friday
Traditional American patriotic music will be performed by The Blue and Gray Brass Brigade at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Macken Park Festival Shelter at 29th and Iron streets.
The concert is part of the Free Friday in the Park series. The musicians play tunes from the American Revolution to the War between the States. Call 816-300-0545 or visit www.nkc.org.
Celebrate the Fourth on the Third at Jesse James Park, two miles north of downtown Kearney at 3001 N. Jefferson. The fun begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, with a bounce house, inflatable attractions and other activities for kids. Hot dogs and soft drinks will be sold on site.
Switch, a local variety band, will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy musical memories from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s at the Kearney Amphitheater.
Fireworks light up the night sky at 9:45 p.m. To get a good seat for the show, you need to be parked by 9 p.m. Call 816-903-4724 or visit www.kearneyamphitheater.com.
Overnight camping is available at the park for motor homes and tents. There is a fee and reservations are required. Call 816-903-4730.
Liberty4thFest opens at 6 p.m. Friday with a beer garden and food booth at the corner of Kansas and Leonard streets. Activities for children run from 6 to 7 p.m.
Desserts compete at 7 p.m. Individuals must enter their desserts no later than 7 p.m. All desserts must be homemade. Judges will score based on presentation, taste and creativity.
The entry fee is $20. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. on Saturday. First and second-place winners are awarded cash prizes. Call 816-781-5200 or visit www.liberty4thfest.com.
Friday festivities end with live music from 7 to 9:30 p.m. by Katy Guillen and the Girls, a musical trio with guitar, bass and drums.
Liberty4thFest moves to Greene Stadium on the campus of William Jewell College on Saturday. Gates open at 8 p.m. The Liberty Summer Band performs at 9 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m
Fourth festivities begin with a parade led by a police cruiser, fire trucks and antique cars at 11 a.m. Saturday on Main Street. Cyclists riding bikes, kids walking dogs, parents pushing strollers and other interested parade participants should meet at 10 a.m. on Walnut Street to prepare for the four-block march down Main Street to Market Street.
Weston merchants will be flying flags outside their businesses all weekend long.
In the afternoon, festivities move to Weston City Park on Thomas Street just west of Main Street. A community picnic, military recognition, music and children’s activities will be held in the park. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be sold on site. All veterans present will be acknowledged during the recognition ceremony. Call 816-640-2909 or visit http://westonmo.com.
Excelsior Springs, Saturday
Hear live music by the Copper Creek Band, Northland classic rock musicians, from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the wine cellar of Willow Spring Mercantile located at 249 E. Broadway. Wine tasting of Missouri wines are offered all day. The concert is free. Call 816-630-7467.
It’s an Independence Day Celebration at the amphitheater in Oak Grove Park at N.E. 76th and North Troost streets.
The celebration begins at 7 p.m. Saturday with a concert by the Toni Gates Ensemble. The North Star Community Band performs next and a presentation of the colors precedes a fireworks display at dusk.
Bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Parking is available at Oak Park High School. Call 816-423-4091.
Fireworks burst forth at dusk at the north end of the dam over Smithville Lake on Saturday. Dramatic display includes multicolor fireworks with stars, whistles, hourglasses and butterflies.
Bring lawn chairs and blankets. View the display from the water, from the roadside or from Little Platte and Smith’s Fork parks. Regular parks admissions apply. Park anywhere except on the dam itself that night. The rain date is Sunday. Call 816-532-3897.
Platte City, Saturday
Fourth of July fireworks display starts at 9:45 p.m. Saturday in the Pirates Stadium of Platte County R-3 High School, 1501 Branch St. Call 816-858-5627.
Patriotic festivities continue in Weston City Park with an ice cream social at 2 p.m. Sunday and a concert in the pavilion by the Greater Kansas City American Legion Band at 3 p.m. The park is located on Thomas Street just west of Main Street. Call 816-640-2909 or visit http://westonmo.com.