Summer is in full swing, and Kansas City is gearing up to celebrate the 4th of July 2023 with you!
With so many events in so little time, places in and around the Kansas City metro area are ready to honor and toast our independence all weekend long. So, if you’re looking for the best firework shows, festivals and other celebrations for the Fourth of July in Kansas City, you’ve come to the right place!
Below is your complete guide to the fun events and restaurants open for the 4th of July in Kansas City. Enjoy the lively entertainment, the diverse arts and culture, and the best mouth-watering food this great city has to offer.
4th of July Weekend at Power & Light
From the River Market to Union Station, downtown Kansas City is always bustling with activity. In the heart of it all, Power & Light — the nightlife and event-hosting atmosphere are unmatched — thrives. So, expect nothing less this Fourth of July weekend in the hub for sports watching, bar hopping and summer concert rocking.
Party in the USA with DJ Pauly D
Saturday, July 1. Starting at 6 p.m.
Kick off the Fourth of July weekend with MTV Jersey Shore’s own DJ Pauly D. In the middle of Power & Light’s eight-block entertainment space, the KC Live! Block plays host to the DJs beats and the 21+ crowd.
You must have a ticket to attend the show. And you can reserve a table here. RSVP “Going.”
Red, White & Brew
Saturday, July 1. Starting at 7 p.m.
A party like no other for those 21 and over. The Red, White & Brew at Howl at the Moon features giveaways and drink specials all night long. Come ready to party and win some prizes at this block party.
You can RSVP here to guarantee your spot.
Red, White and BOOMbox
Sunday, July 2. Starting at 1 p.m.
The Fourth of July weekend continues at the KC Live! Block with Red, White and BOOMbox.
Admission is free, but you can upgrade your experience with an all-inclusive party package. What better way to enjoy the amazing atmosphere than with select beers, specialty holiday cocktails, free cover, and entertainment to 8+ bars from 3 p.m. to 6. p.m.?
Red, White and Baseball
Monday, July 3. Starting at 11 a.m.
Finishing off the Fourth of July celebration where it all started — back at the KC Live! Block for some beer, BBQ and Royals baseball — for Red, White and Baseball. This free event will also have live entertainment!
Make sure to check out the Power & Light events website for any entry restrictions. Parking is available at The KC Live! Garage for as little as $3 for some events. You must have validation from any Power & Light District venue.
Food and Drink Spots to Try Around Power & Light
Enjoy the delicious foods and feats of the Power & Light District this Fourth of July in Kansas City. Many bars and restaurants will be open this holiday weekend, so stop by Kansas City’s top entertainment district.
For the sports lover’s ultimate fantasy, No Other Pub has a fast-casual taco stand, games like bowling, golf simulators, table tennis, and a complete bar and menu.
Fourth of July will start a few days early in the Pub as Sporting KC takes on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 7 p.m. So, get there early for some good seats and cold beer.
Start your Fourth of July weekend with hand-tossed dough and sauce made from scratch. You’re sure to set yourself up for quite the holiday weekend. Even better? You can come back as the evening winds down and grab a slice as a late-night snack.
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4th of July at the Crossroads
Best known for its art galleries, boutiques, creative businesses and novel restaurants, the Crossroads has a lot to offer this first Friday. From art galleries to comedy shows, here’s what you can expect to see and experience this Fourth of July weekend.
First Friday Glassblowing
Saturday, July 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This open-house-style demonstration at the Belger Glass Annex is a free event. Watch as the Belger Glass Annex glassblowers craft hot glass into a fine work of art. There will also be live music and food at this event.
“Enchanted Quill” and “Between All Things” by Rebecca Stone
Saturday, July 1, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Beggars Table Church & Gallery will display artist Rebecca Stone’s two bodies of work, “Enchanted Quill” and “Between All Things.” The latter is a mixed media artwork designed to visualize Stone’s spiritual journey, and “Enchanted Quill” is a multi-year passion digital art series project.
More information about First Friday is on the Crossroads website.
Restaurants for 4th of July in the Crossroads
Enjoy some of the best food in the Crossroads this Fourth of July weekend before or after you view the art or shop at the boutiques!
Part art gallery, part nightclub, Society is a new restaurant, bar and event space with “a sophisticated edge.” Located just off Southwest Boulevard, Society is set to make a big splash in the Crossroads KC restaurant scene this Fourth of July weekend.
Almost no Kansas Citian can deny that Jack Stack is one of the top BBQ contenders in the city. With indoor and outdoor seating and a fireplace lounge with a full-service bar, there’s no part of Fiorella’s Jack Stack that isn’t designed with a “wow” factor in mind.
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4th of July in Westport
From its colorful shops to its most desired restaurants to its 19th Century charm, Westport has everything you need to celebrate the Fourth of July 2022.
Many restaurants are ready to celebrate the holiday with you! So, here are some food and drink places you should hit up on your Fourth of July excursion through Kansas City.
The Fourth of July weekend is jam-packed with partying at Kelly’s Westport Inn.
Saturday, July 1, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.: Come to the Jam party for the DJ Jam, but stay for the drinks and fun.
Sunday, July 2, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.: Another round of DJs, another round of shots! Party hard with DJ Early Grind.
Monday, July 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.: The July 4th Bash is not one to miss! More DJs, more glow sticks, and even more drink special. Be ready for loads of fun times and fun drinks.
With over 50 big-screen TVs, Westport Ale House is the place for all your event-watching needs. And you can enjoy the views of the street and city from the fully stocked rooftop bar. Celebrate the Fourth of July at one of the best restaurants and bars in Westport!
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4th of July at Crown Center
The neighborhood known for family fun includes many shops and attractions for all ages in and around the area. That won’t stop there this Fourth of July. See why the Crown Center area may be the right destination for you to celebrate the holiday weekend.
Stars and Stripes Picnic
Tuesday, July 4. Starting at 3 p.m.
Bring your friends and family, pack a picnic blanket and gather on the lawn of the National WWI Museum and Memorial for this fun-filled Stars and Stripes Picnic. Listen to live music, shop around at over 50 local vendors and end the night enjoying fireworks over the Memorial.
The evening’s headliner, Casi Joy, will perform on stage around 6 p.m., followed with tethered balloon rides ($20 per person) from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and a spectacular fireworks display beginning around 9:40 p.m.
Food and Drink Spots to Try in Crown Center
More 4th of July Celebrations In and Around Kansas City
Do you want to continue the fun-filled weekend just beyond downtown Kansas City? Here are a few more celebrations and festivals for the 4th of July in Kansas City:
Saturday, July 1st
- Legacy Blast 2023: Lee’s Summit // Legacy Park. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
- Spirit of America Celebration: Raymore // Recreation Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Food Trucks, Fanfare & Fireworks // St. Paul’s United Methodist Church from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, July 2nd
- Paw-triotic Pet Parade // Lenexa Public Market from 9 a.m. to noon.
- Independence Day Celebration in Independence // Independence Square from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- 1860s Independence Day Celebration // Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, July 3rd
- Liberty Fest // Capitol Federal Sports Complex of Liberty. Activities start at 6 p.m.
- Sporting KC vs. NY Red Bulls // Children’s Mercy Park at 7 p.m.
- Old Fashioned July 3rd Picnic at the Mission // Shawnee Indian Mission from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tuesday, July 4th
- Red, White & Blue Springs // Blue Springs High School from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
- 4th of July Celebration at Worlds of Fun // Worlds of Fun from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Overland Park’s Star-Spangled Spectacular // Corporate Woods Office Park from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
With so many events and celebrations during the Fourth of July weekend, it might be best to plan ahead to beat the traffic and tackle the weekend festivities like a true American.
More information about times, locations, and parking is available on each website.