Legacy Blast on July 3 provides a family-fun evening capped off by a 21-minute extravaganza of fireworks choreographed to music. And it’s all with the added advantage of avoiding the messy debris in yards and streets or the expense of buying firecrackers.
The gate for the annual Independence Day celebration will open at 6 p.m. at Legacy Park at the south entrance and close at 9:30 p.m. The parking lot lights will then go out for the fireworks. Music will be simulcast on 94.9 KCMO.
It will be the major show in the Lee’s Summit area, as the Jackson County Parks + Rec canceled its fireworks, which traditionally was held at Longview Lake July 4.
The Legacy Blast crowd of thousands may increase over prior years, said Dan Cogan, marketing coordinator for Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation.
“It’s hard to say what to expect, but my inclination is that the many who have attended Jackson County’s display over the last several years will probably divide up to attend other fireworks displays such as Legacy Blast,” Cogan said. “So we may see a bit larger turnout than usual.”
Food vendors, local entertainers and inflatables will be on site at the baseball, soccer, softball, and football fields before the show.
Parking is available in the lots located off of Legacy Park Drive (between Colbern and Langsford roads, east of Missouri 291 and west of Missouri 7 highways).
The event is scheduled for Monday to help hold down costs, along with other reasons. Jackson County cited the expense as the reason it wasn’t having its display.
“Having the event prior to the Fourth of July has resulted in the largest turnouts ever,” said Jodi Bell, manager of Legacy Park Community Center. “It was exciting to see the open parking lots in Legacy Park full as well as the parking lots at Richardson Elementary and St. Margaret’s Catholic Church.
“Again this year, the football venue will be open to accommodate the additional spectators,” Bell added.
In addition to serving more families, personnel needs from the police and fire departments were taken into consideration.
“Moving Legacy Blast to July third reduces the personnel demands on the holiday and allows for full police support on July Fourth throughout our community,” Bell said.
Between police, fire, and park personnel, the city last year saved approximately $7,450 on overtime and holiday pay for the event.
Of course some families will opt for their own fireworks at home.
It’s only legal to shoot fireworks July 2 through 4 in Lee’s Summit. Also, free permits are required, documents that fully explain the rules for shooting fireworks in the city. They are available at City Hall or any of the licensed fireworks tents within the city limits.
The hours fireworks are permitted are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 2 and 3 and 10 a.m. to midnight July 4.
Lee’s Summit prohibits some consumer fireworks such as:
▪ rockets on a stick (bottle rockets)
▪ missiles with fins or rudders for aerodynamic flight
▪ Roman candles
▪ parachutes that suspend illuminated materials
▪ sky lanterns
Fireworks vendors selling in tents located in Lee’s Summit are only allowed to sell appropriate fireworks, with regular inspections by fire officials.
For questions about the fireworks, contact the Lee’s Summit Fire Department at 816-969-1300 or go to cityofls.net. To report the inappropriate use or illegal fireworks, contact the Lee’s Summit Police Department at 816-969-7390.
Lee’s Summit fireworks in short
Fireworks are allowed July 2 through 4 with permits obtained from City Hall or at fireworks stands within the city. Hours for fireworks are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 2 and 3 and 10 a.m. to midnight July 4. The permits explain the rules and what fireworks are allowed in the city.
The gate opens for the city’s annual Legacy Blast at 6 p.m. at Legacy Park, on Blackwell Parkway between Colbern and Langsford Roads. The gate closes at 9:30 p.m. so fireworks display can begin. Food vendors, local entertainers and inflatables will be available.