Merriam’s annual Flags 4 Freedom event starts Saturday morning in downtown Merriam and the surrounding areas. Volunteers will place more than 1,300 United States flags at the Merriam Marketplace, the Irene B. French Community Center, and along Johnson and Merriam Drives starting at 6 a.m.
The annual display of patriotic pride is now entering its 10th year in Merriam. The flags will stay up through the July 4 holiday weekend, coming down on Monday, July 6.
A highlight of the week will be free concerts at the Merriam Marketplace. On Sunday, June 28, a free concert featuring the Great Lakes Region U.S. Navy Touring Band will start at 3 p.m. On Saturday, July 4, a free patriotic concert to celebrate the flags will begin at 2 p.m. That concert will feature the Greater Kansas City American Legion Band and Merriam Mayor Ken Sissom will make the opening remarks. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to the concerts.
Other music offerings during the week include the Doug Talley Duo playing at the Merriam Marketplace at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 27; and a Wednesday evening performance at the Marketplace featuring Dan Bliss on acoustic guitar, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Food Truck Tuesday will be held at the Marketplace from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30. A portion of vendor sales will benefit the Flags 4 Freedom project.
Individuals and groups can dedicate a flag to honor military, past or present, or friends and loved ones. A sponsorships for $15 will have a dedication ribbon placed with a flag.