Evangel Church at 103rd and Holmes held its fireworks celebration two weeks early. The event drew well over 1,500 attendees

Fourth of July Weekend Events in south KC

This year’s Fourth of July promises to look quite different than 2020 with community and neighborhood holiday festivities back in action. Not all celebrations are back on the books, however. A few of the regular local destinations such as Longview Lake won’t be hosting 2021 festivities, but some cities and parks departments have stepped in to bring their events back to the public. 

“We are definitely trying to be cautious of COVID concerns at this time still,” says Leawood Community Events Supervisor Katie Curatola Burruss. “But we are excited to be returning to our annual celebration.”

Here’s a look at firework and family friendly events happening near you over the holiday weekend.


Declaration of Independence Party

Date: July 2nd

Location: Grandview City Hall, 1200 Main St. Grandview

Time: noon to 2 pm

What to expect: View a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence engraved by the US Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing, on loan from WWII vet. Refreshments and drawing for prizes.


Spirit of America Celebration: Raymore

Date: July 2nd

Location: Recreation Park – 1011 S. Madison St., Raymore, MO

Time: 7:00-11:00pm

What to expect: Fireworks Display/Live Music/Games and Activities/Food and Drink Vendors

Cost: Free Admission

Hosted by Raymore Parks & Recreation and the City of Raymore. 


Leawood’s Celebration in the Park

Date: July 4th

Location: Leawood City Park – 10601 Lee Blvd., Leawood, KS

Time: 6:00 – 10:15pm

What to expect: Fireworks Display/Live Music/Games and Activities/Food and Drink Vendors

Cost: Free Admission

The City of Leawood is happy to return to the tradition of this annual family friendly evening event. Guests will enjoy dancing to live music, delicious treats from food vendors, an always impressive fireworks show, and kids’ activities including inflatable obstacle courses, balloon twisters, slides and more. Schedule of events is as follows:

  • Aquatic Center Open: Noon-6:00pm
  • Kids Activities, Food Vendors: 6:00-9:30pm
  • Entertainment: 6:00-9:30pm
  • Live Music by Flashback: 7:30-9:30pm
  • Fireworks: Approximately 9:45pm

There will be free parking along Tomahawk Creek Parkway and shuttle buses to and from the City Park at no cost. For more information visit https://leawood.org/ or call 913.663.9153. Hosted by the City of Leawood.


Four on the Fourth

Date: July 4th

Location: Ward Parkway Center, 8000 Ward Parkway

Time: 7:30 am

What to expect:  4-mile Run/Walk

Cost $32

Walk or run along four beautiful miles of America along Ward parkway to celebrate Independence Day! Participanats receive a shirt, festive giveaways, patriotic snacks and finisher medals.


Verona Hills 4th of July Parade

Date: July 4th

Location: Migliazzo Park – Minor Dr. &, Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO

Time: 10:00am

What to expect: Neighborhood Parade

Cost: Open to the public

Join the fun as families parade through the streets of Migliazzo Park. Event by Verona Hills Homes Association.


Corporate Woods’ Overland Park Star Spangled Spectacular

Date: July 4th

Location: Founder’s Park – 9711 W. 109th St., Overland Park, KS

Time: Starting at 9:00pm

What to expect: Fireworks Display

Cost: Free Admission

Guests are welcome to bring picnic blankets and chairs, water, snacks and food. While coolers are allowed, alcohol is prohibited. Contrary to previous years, there will be no entertainment or food and drink sales. Visitors can enter the park at any time on the holiday however Indian Creek Parkway will close at 7pm for the event with fireworks starting at approximately 9:45pm. For more information visit http://www.opkansas.org. Sign up for text message alerts about this event by texting “OPSTAR” to 888777. Hosted by the City of Overland Park.


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