Kansas City-Area 4th of July Fireworks 2016

Posted June 20, 2016 10:10pm by Jane

One of my favorite events of the year is right around the corner…fireworks! So I wanted to give everyone a heads up on all the 4th of July Fireworks displays to look forward to in and around the KC Metro area…starting as early as this weekend. Be sure to let us know where your favorite fireworks are happening in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

  • Bonner Blast Fireworks Celebration – Downtown Bonner Springs, KS, at Kelly Murphy Park – enjoy an ice cream social at 8pm, followed by the Patriotic Band Concert 8:30-9:45pm; Bonner Blast Fireworks Display at 9:45pm

Friday, July 1, 2016

  • Lansing KS Fireworks – The fun will start at 6pm with inflatable rides, food vendors, snow cones, and more! Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park – approximately 9:30pm
  • Lee’s Summit Legacy Blast, Legacy Park, Lee’s Summit, MO – food, inflatables, entertainment and FIREWORKS! – gates open at 6pm
  • Worlds of Fun Celebrate America, Kansas City North – Fireworks at 10pm (July 1-4, 2016); stay cool at Oceans of Fun until 9pm

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Monday, July 4, 2016

On the Missouri Side –

  • Parkville (MO) July 4th Celebration – full day of fun beginning with a parade at 10am and ending with fireworks at 9:45pm; carnival from 10am to 10pm
  • KC Riverfest – Berkley Riverfront Park, KCMO – gates open at 4pm – festival food, live music, and FIREWORKS! Display begins at 10:05pm. (Fee for entry and parking; free admission between 4-5pm, and for kids 12 & under)
  • Jackson County 4th of July Appreciation Celebration – Longview Lake – skydivers, live music, concessions (no pets or grills please). Gates open at 5:30pm, concert at 6pm, and a huge fireworks display around 9:45pm
  • Gladstone MO Fireworks – Oak Grove Park – live music begins at 7pm, followed by fireworks
  • Liberty4thFest, Liberty, MO – Fountain Bluff Sports Complex – gates open at 5pm for food trucks & family-fun activities; live music begins at 8pm; fireworks at 9:45pm
  • Smithville Lake (MO) Fireworks – north end of the Smithville Lake Dam, beginning at about 9pm
  • Platte City Family Fun – music and fireworks begin around 9:45pm – Platte Ridge Park, 17130 371 Hwy, Platte City, MO 64079
  • Raymore Spirit of America Celebration – Recreation Park, Raymore, MO – classic car show, refreshments, entertainment and more; fireworks around 9:30pm
  • July 4th Harrisonville Hometown Celebration – Harrisonville City Park – family fun, including bike parade starting at 11am, extended city pool hours, face painting and other kids activities, and live entertainment; FIREWORKS at dusk
  • Blue Springs MO Fireworks – gates open at 6:30pm, live entertainment begins at 7:30pm, fireworks around 9:30pm; Blue Springs High School Peve Stadium, 2000 NW Ashton Drive
  • Worlds of Fun Celebrate America, Kansas City North – Fireworks at 10pm (July 1-4, 2016)

On the Kansas Side –

  • Fireworks and Salute to the Union – Fort Leavenworth, KS – Gates open at 3pm, activities and entertainment begin at 4pm; a Salute to the Union at 8:30pm and fireworks begin 30 minutes after sunset.  Picture ID required upon entering Fort Leavenworth
  • Fourth of July Celebration – Leawood City Park – 5pm to 10pm – activities and music for kids, admission is free, an all-access ride/activity wristband is $5; fireworks at 9:45pm
  • Star Spangled Spectacular, Corporate Woods, Overland Park, KS – events from 4pm to 11pm – live music and fireworks at 9:30pm (Rain date: July 5)
  • Olathe KS Fireworks – College Boulevard Activity Complex (CBAC), 11031 S. Valley Parkway, at 9:30 pm (Rain date: July 5)
  • Gardner KS Fireworks – Live entertainment, fun kids activities (including zip lines) and food vendors starts at 3pm, fireworks at 10pm at Celebration Park, 32501 W. 159th St., Gardner, KS 66030
  • Stilwell KS Parade & Fireworks – parade from 6 to 7; activities and live music 7:30 to 9:30; fireworks at 9:30 on the KCPL Service Center located at 19950 Newton Street (69 Highway and 199th Street) in Stilwell, Kansas 66085

And the Fourth of July in Kansas City isn’t ALL about fireworks! There are some other great things to do on the weekend of the 4th before the sun sets. Don’t miss one of these great events:

  • Don’t miss the ParkvilleKC Riverfest, Harrisonville and Prairie Village VillageFest daytime celebrations!
  • Mahaffie Farm Independence Day – Have some old-fashioned Independence Day fun July 4, 6 & 7 at Mahaffie Farm
  • Missouri Town 1855 Independence Day – July 4th, 9am to 4:30pm – Experience Independence Day from the 1850s with food, music, speeches and a parade
  • Fort Osage – July 4th, 9am to 4:30pm – 1812-style Independence Day celebration with cannon and musket fire and other activities; Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, 107 Osage Street, Sibley, MO –
  • 4th of July at the Farmstead – Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, Overland Park, KS – activities from 9am to noon including bike parade, pig calling, and more for your little ones
  • Community Days Parade, Lenexa, KS – July 4th, beginning at 10am in Old Town Lenexa, Santa Fe Trail Drive & Pflumm Road

Notes: As has been the case for the last few years, there will be NO Lenexa/Shawnee fireworks display at Shawnee Mission Park this year.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

  • Mahaffie Farm 19th Century Fireworks-Olathe Civic Band Concert – Enjoy an old-fashioned 19th century Independence Day celebration, complete with cannon fire and fireworks! Bring your picnic, lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy activities on the historic Mahaffie grounds; free admission; festivities begin at 6pm

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Union Station Kansas City special offer for Father’s Day!

Posted June 17, 2016 12:44pm by Kiran

Our friends at Union Station Kansas City are offering a special deal to all the dads out there- for this Sunday, Father’s Day, only!  Here it is:

BODY WORLDS: Dad’s Come for FREE on Father’s Day with one full-price paid child or adult admission. Offer valid Sunday, June 19, 2016 only. Available only in-person at Union Station Ticket Office. No online redemptions and not valid with any other offer or discount.

So, what is Body Worlds?  Watch and see for yourself!


Paradise Park Giveaway!

Posted June 14, 2016 8:57pm by Jane

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Congratulations Molly Ryne, this week’s Paradise Park giveaway winner! Have a great time enjoying all that Paradise Park has to offer…including Operation Laser Tag! All of us at KC Kids Fun look forward to seeing many of you at Backyard Bash on June 25!!!!

Summer is in full swing, and it’s time for a great giveaway! Thanks to our friends at Paradise Park, we have 4 free admissions to their new Operation Laser Tag to give to one lucky winner. Operation Laser Tag is Jackson County’s first Tactical Laser Tag, complete with a new indoor arena and equipment that brings this video game to life (for players 8 & older)!

This special giveaway, valued at $51, is just in time to help you and your family get ready for Paradise Park’s summertime Backyard Bash concerts. The first free concert happens June 25, and features Beatles tribute band: Liverpool. From 7-10pm your kids can have the time of their lives at Paradise Park while the adults enjoy a relaxing evening in the Park’s backyard. The second Backyard Bash features KC local banbackyarbash2015d Saucy Jack on August 13.

How to enter for the Operation Laser Tag giveaway? We will be accepting entries (comments) through 12pm (noon) Central Time on Friday, June 17, 2016. Please leave a comment and let us know what your family is doing this summer! It’s that simple. One lucky winner will be randomly selected after noon on Friday, June 17, and notified via Facebook and email.  Good Luck!

Must be 18 years of age to enter and win. Only one entry per household will be considered. No substitutions or transfers. Giveaway prize is not redeemable for cash. By entering, winner consents to allow the use of his/her name for promotional purposes without further compensation. Winner releases all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prize. No purchase necessary to enter or win.

ONE (1) winner will be randomly selected, and will receive 4 free admissions to Paradise Park’s new Operation Laser Tag to give to one lucky winner, valued at $51.

Images courtesy of Paradise Park.