Exploring Great Midwestern Values: Drawings from Bill Tammeus’ new book, “Woodstock: A Story of Middle Americans,” mark the approaching July 4 holiday with an examination of how Midwesterners have shaped our nation. 6 p.m., Kansas City Public Library’s Central branch, 14 W. 10th. Free. 816-701-3407
Independence Day: Children’s parade will feature decorated bikes, wagons and scooters. All ages invited. 9:30 a.m., 23rd and Main, Independence. Concert by George Dyer, 8:30 p.m., Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut, Independence. Also, the Spirit of Independence band, followed by fireworks. Bring lawn chairs and or blankets. 8:30 p.m., Mormon Visitors Center, 437 W. Walnut, Independence. Free.
Fourth of July at the Truman Library: Harry S. Truman, portrayed by Neil Johnson, will visit his presidential museum and greet visitors. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 500 U.S. 24, Independence. www.trumanlibrary.org
July 4 and 11
Six Inches of Progress: Solo art exhibition by Jillian Youngbird. 6-9 p.m., Vulpes Bastille Studios, 1737 Locust, Kansas City. Free.
Jazz and Blues Concert: Jazz vocalist David Basse will perform. 2-3:30 p.m., Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gillham, Kansas City. $15. 816-753-6719
Ailey Camp, 2014 Final Performance: The show will merge all of the successes each camper has developed over a six-week program in dance, creative writing, visual arts and more. 7 p.m., Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City. Free-will donations accepted.
How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: John Hope Bryant discusses his “Marshall Plan for Our Times,” a call to invest in America’s least wealthy people and create financial opportunities. 6 p.m., Kansas City Public Library’s Central branch, 14 W. 10th. Free. 816-701-3407 or kclibrary.org
Rum Maniacs: Discussion of book by Matthew Warner Osborn of the University of Missouri-Kansas that examines “alcoholic insanity in the early American republic.” 6:30 p.m., Kansas City Public Library’s Central branch, 14 W. 10th. Free. 816-701-3407 or kclibrary.org.
27th Annual Bingham-Waggoner Antique and Craft Fair: More than 100 antique dealers and crafters will be on hand. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W. Pacific, Independence. Free. 816-461-3461 or www.bwestate.org
Sixth Annual Freedom Ride: Route options range from 35 to 85 miles and take cyclists through country roads in eastern Jackson County. Proceeds to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. 7 a.m., Independence Events Center, 19100 E. Valley View. $25-$35. htpp://freedomridekc.com
Southtown-Waldo-Brookside Monthly Luncheon: Guest speaker will be David Warm, executive director of the Mid-America Regional Council. 11:45 a.m., Wornall Road Baptist Church, 400 W. Meyer, Kansas City. $12. email@example.com
Third Friday Englewood Art Walk: More than 50 artists, demonstrations, live music and more. 3-9 p.m., Englewood Station Shopping District, Winner and Sterling, Independence.
22st Annual Longview Junior Triathlon: An opportunity to help children ages 6-17 stay active this summer. Includes swimming, biking and running. 7:30 a.m., Longview Recreation, 3801 S.W. Longview, Lee’s Summit. $39-$60. 816-969-1500 or www.usatriathlon.org
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