How to celebrate Independence Day in Northeast Johnson County (and slightly beyond)

VillageFest_Bike_Rodeo_Prairie_VillageThe Fourth of July is just two days away, so it’s time for our annual Independence Day fun primer.

Fireworks

Fairway, Westwood, Westwood Hills, Mission Woods and Roeland Park have again teamed up to put on a community fireworks display at St. Agnes in Roeland Park. The display is set for this Thursday, July 3, with the show expected to begin around 9:30 p.m. (or whenever it gets dark enough). The cities are asking people to walk to the event if possible, since parking will be limited. In case of rain, the cities plan to hold the event on Sunday, July 6 instead. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs.

On the Fourth itself, Meadowbrook Country Club will be putting on a display. Access to the club is restricted to club members, but if you wanted to pull up a chair and look to the sky from a nearby parking lot, club officials say the display is likely to start around 9 p.m.

And you’re feeling brave enough to venture outside the cozy confines of the northeast and want to see fireworks on the Fourth of July, Overland Park’s annual “Star Spangled Spectacular” show at Corporate Woods is set for approximately 9:30 p.m. It’s the largest display in the metro area.

Leawood will also be putting on its annual fireworks display at Leawood City Park, 10601 Lee Boulevard, with the show scheduled to start at 9:45 p.m. Leawood will be holding a celebration prior to the fireworks display starting at 5 p.m. with kids activities and live music. Admission is free but there is a $5 charge for access to all the rides for kids 14 and under. https://www.leawood.org/parks/4thofjuly.aspx

Festivities

Prairie Village’s VillageFest is the biggest event of its kind in the area, and an excellent destination for families. The event kicks off with a $5 a plate pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by the annual Patriotic Ceremony, which includes the awarding of the Community Spirit Awards. Kids will enjoy the petting zoo and pony rides, face painting, rides — including a mechanical bull this year — and the children’s parade. More information available here.