Where to Watch July 4th 2016 Fireworks in Kansas City

Grab your folding chairs and blankets and get ready to enjoy some great music, tasty treats, and spectacular fireworks as Kansas City celebrates Independence Day. Patriotism can be found all around the metro area with no shortage of fireworks. Here are a few events to consider as you make your Fourth of July plans.

Powell Gardens – Booms and Blooms Festival
July 2

Just east of Kansas City in Kingsville, MO, you will find Powell Gardens and the annual Booms and Blooms Festival. For a $12 adult admission ticket, you can enjoy the grounds, the special Jurassic exhibit (until it closes for the evening), live music by the Ernest James Zydeco band and the Lee's Summit Symphony, and trolley service. Explore the gardens and visit the chapel then head on over to one of the many food vendors on site to create a one-of-a-kind picnic in the performance area.

Berkley Riverfront Park – KC Riverfest
July 4

For only $5 cash, you can get at the gate gets you in for a full day of music, food, and fun at KC Riverfest in Berkley Riverfront Park. With two stages featuring music from The Phantastics and Members Only among others, you will want to arrive early to grab a bite to eat and explore the festival in between bands. The first band goes on at 4:00 p.m. and fireworks begin at 9:30 over the Missouri River. It is a site not to be missed.

Longview Lake – Jackson County's 4th of July Celebration
July 4

This free celebration boasts 14 food trucks serving all kinds of delectable fares. Located at Shelter #13 at Longview Lake, you can enjoy the sounds of local country band, Barb Wire Revolt, and the 80s band, The Romantics followed by fireworks. Gates and the Kid Zone opens at 5:30 p.m., so bring the kids for some outdoor fun before the first band goes on at 6:15 p.m.

The good news is you don't have to decide which event to attend on July 2. You can head out to Powell Gardens on Saturday, but then you have to make a big decision between two great options on Monday, July 4. In addition to these wonderful events, many cities around the metro on both sides of the state line offer wonderful city firework displays.

Some cities also allow limited fireworks at home. Be sure to check with your city's ordinances before purchasing fireworks to set off and always be safe. Happy Independence Day.

J. L. Miller frequently visited Kansas City before moving to the area permanently 20 years ago.