Fireworks displays planned around EJC

Fireworks enthusiasts have plenty of options to enjoy public displays around the area next weekend. The action actually begins tonight with a fireworks display in Buckner, and continues with events on Friday and Saturday next weekend.

There will be no public firework display this year in Blue Springs due to construction at the Blue Springs High School Peve Stadium, where the event is usually held.

The following list is of upcoming fireworks displays and related events in the Eastern Jackson County area.

Powell Gardens

Booms and Blooms Fest at Powell Gardens, 1609 N.W. U.S. 50, Kingsville, begins at 9 a.m. The event takes place on Friday, with festivities beginning at 9 a.m. Fireworks are at dusk.

Lake Tapawingo

The boat parade, at 2 p.m. Friday, begins in the Clipper Cove; fireworks are at dusk. The dam is closed to traffic all day, and the event is only for residents and their guests.

Kauffman Stadium

Independence Weekend Fireworks Spectacular after the Royals game vs. Chicago White Sox Friday night, Friday.

Fort Osage

Fort Osage will host Independence Day activities from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Activities for the day will consist of celebrating the anniversary of our Independence with civilians and military of 1812. There will be a firing of cannons, muskets and military drills.

Activities cost $7 for adults, $4 for youth and $3 for seniors.

Independence Day at Missouri Town 1855

Celebrate Independence Day as the staff and volunteers take you back to 1855 and share how the important date was celebrated.

Missouri Town will be open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Food will be cooking on the hearths, musicians will be playing and speeches will be made commemorating the anniversary of independence from Great Britain. Guests are invited to join the parade at noon, as it travels through this recreated antebellum community.

For more information, call 816-503-4860.


The Independence Fireworks Display will be held at the Mormon Visitor Center.

The fireworks display and patriotic music by the Spirit of Independence Concert Band will be Saturday, July 4 at the Mormon Visitors Center, 937 W. Walnut. The Spirit of Independence Concert Band will play throughout the evening and during the fireworks display, which begins at dark.

The schedule is as follows:

8 p.m. gates open 8:30 p.m. Spirit of Independence Band 9:30 p.m. fireworks display

There is limited parking. People are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for the lawn viewing area. Families may also bring food and beverages for the lawn viewing area. No alcohol, open flames or personal fireworks are allowed.

Portable toilets and trash bins are available.

Lee’s Summit

Lee’s Summit’s Legacy Blast will be held at Legacy Park on July 4. Enter through the south entrance of Legacy Park. The park will open at 6 p.m. and close at 9 p.m.

The fireworks event will be choreographed to music. Food vendors, entertainers and inflatables will be on site before the fireworks.

For more info call 816-969-1500.

Lake Lotawana

Fireworks are at approximately 9:25 p.m., shot off the top of the dam. There’s also a dock-decorating contest. All events are only opened to residents and guests. A rain date is July 5.


The Lakewood Homeowners Association will hold its annual display on the dam of the lake starting around 9:30 p.m. Lakewood Drive will be closed to traffic during the display.

Oak Grove

Celebrate freedom and the Fourth of July. The event will be held at Webb Park on July 4. Activities begin at 6 p.m., and fireworks will start at 10 p.m.

An event with several children’s games, vendor booths, inflatable games, music, entertainment and fireworks out at Webb Park. Event co-sponsored by New Life Assembly of God and the Oak Grove Chamber of Commerce.

Sugar Creek

The city of Sugar Creek and the Sugar Creek Business and Civic Club will hold its parade, concert and fireworks display.

Beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday July 4, the longest running parade in the state of Missouri will start the festivities. The parade route begins at Sterling Avenue and Lexington Avenue and continues north to Sterling and Putnam.

At 8 p.m. the Heritage Philharmonic will perform at the Mike Onka Memorial building. The guest conductor for the evening will be KMBC-TV channel 9 meteorologist Bryan Busby.

The Heritage Philharmonic, formerly the Independence symphony and celebrating its 64th season, is Eastern Jackson County’s newest symphonic tradition built upon a history of excellence in live musical performance. 

A fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Free shuttle parking will be available at Sterling Avenue and Evans for the concert and fireworks display beginning at 6 p.m.

Bring lawn chair and blankets. Food and drink will be available for sale on site. All concert and fireworks will be held at the Mike Onka Memorial building 11520 Putnam St.

All activities are free. Rain date for the fireworks will be July 5.

Worlds of Fun

Worlds of Fun, Interstate 435, has one of the longest standing July 4 celebrations in the metro. You can watch fireworks from within the park. Fireworks start at 10 p.m.