2013 Fourth of July events in Kansas City: Fireworks displays, concerts and sporting events

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Fireworks and Special Events

A proper Independence Day celebration almost always culminates with a fireworks show. If you're looking to end your night with a sparkle, these local festivals are all within reach and won't break the bank.

Overland Park's Star Spangled Spectacular

This annual OP celebration at Founder's Park in Corporate Woods is a trifecta; it's free to attend, it benefits local charities and it honors veterans. Food vendors and free music highlight this event, and fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m. Click here for more information: http://bit.ly/16CE0xc

Downtown KC's  Riverfest

Organizers of Riverfest promise they'll have enough food and fun to tickle your fancy on the Fourth. All you have to do is front an Abraham Lincoln greenback. That's right, this fest costs just $5 at the door. Local bands like Kokomo will play, and the night ends with a fireworks show over the Mighty Missouri. Click here for more information and to buy your tickets in advance: http://bit.ly/b5GyLm

Lee's Summit's "Sparks in the Park"

This free event at Longview Lake will feature skydivers and a performance by country artist Blackjack Billy. The gates open at 6 p.m. and the night will be capped with a fireworks display over the water.
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Powell Gardens' "Booms and Blooms" Festival

Powell Garden's, just east of Lee's Summit on U.S. 50, has hundreds of varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers on display. On July 3, you can end a day of observing the beauty on the garden grounds by watching a fireworks show that lights up the sky. This event will also feature a performance of patriotic works by the Lee's Summit Symphony Orchestra. Admission to the gardens is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Click here for more information: http://bit.ly/11J69CQ

Leavenworth Salute to the Union

If you want to celebrate the Fourth near a fort at a free event, then you might consider heading to Leavenworth. Starting at 4 p.m., the city will have food vendors, games and live music on hand. At dusk, Leavenworth will have a salute to the union and a fireworks display. Click here for more information: http://bit.ly/11QK5CQ

Independence Day at Missouri Town

An antebellum themed patriotic parade highlights the Independence Day celebration at Missouri Town in Fleming Park in eastern Jackson County. Missouri Town takes you back to 1855 to see what freedom was like then. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children ages 5 to 13. Click here for more information: http://bit.ly/14Asp0i

Independence Day at Fort Osage

The Independence Day celebration at Fort Osage also features 19th century fun, with patriotic speeches and musket and cannon demonstrations. Admission costs $7 for adults, $4 for youth and $3 for seniors. Click here for more information: http://bit.ly/19G8Nes

Liberty4thFest

Live music, a barbecue competition and family-fun activities are just a few of the things happening at the Liberty4thFest in Liberty, Mo. The festival runs Wednesday and Thursday. Click here for more information: http://www.Liberty4thFest.com

Parkville Fourth of July Celebration

This festival runs from July 3 - July 6 and features a carnival with rides each day. There's also a pancake breakfast and "American Heroes" parade in the morning on the fourth, and a fireworks display over the Missouri River at historic English Landing Park. Click here for more information: http://bit.ly/kNXzqW

Smithville Lake Food, Fun and Fireworks - The beach is a little closer than you think, as this event at Little Platte beach features food tents, a beer tent, live music and a fireworks display over Smithville Lake. This event runs from noon - 10 p.m. on the fourth. Click here for more information: http://bit.ly/120S8R0

Sports

Whether it's the Royals winding down one of their better first halves in recent memory, or a game featuring one of the best teams in the MLS on the pitch, Kansas City has plenty of ways to spend the holiday weekend at the ballpark.

Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics

The Boys in Blue return home from a road trip against American League Central rivals Minnesota and Cleveland to take on the A's, one of the top teams in the American League. This series will feature fireworks and Buck Night on Friday, July 5. On Saturday night, the Royals will give out "Charlie O" t-shirts to honor an important part of Kansas City baseball history. Charlie Finley was the former owner of the Kansas City Athletics, who were in town from 1955-1964, before moving to Oakland. Get tickets and more information here: http://bit.ly/gAyuAj

Sporting Kansas City vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Sporting, one of the top Eastern Conference teams, faces off against Vancouver from the west at 8 p.m. on July 3. Get tickets and more information here: http://bit.ly/afCDfZ

Kansas City T-Bones vs. Sioux Falls Canaries

The T-bones play at home each night at 7:05 p.m. from July 2-5 against Sioux Falls. On July 4, beers are $1, general admission tickets are $4 and there's a fireworks display after the game. On Friday night, fans dressed in patriotic gear can get buy one, get one free general admission tickets. Click here for tickets and more information: http://bit.ly/sxeKS

Music and Concerts

Mix 93.3's Red, White, and Boom

Carle Rae Jepsen, the artist who introduced herself to the world with "Call Me Maybe," highlights this outdoor concert at Starlight Theatre. Fireworks follow this July 5 show, where Emblem 3, MKTO, Hot Chelle Rae, and Stefano Langone are also performing. Tickets start at $15. Click here for tickets and more information: http://bit.ly/15KtqSD

The Marshall Tucker Band

These southern rockers opened for the Allman Brothers Band at one time and are known for hits like "Can't You See." They'll look to play an eclectic blend at the stage at Crossroads KC at Grinders on July 5. Tickets start at $25. Click here for tickets and more information: http://bit.ly/Xngtuv

Brett Michaels

A hair-metal king and the lead singer of 80s rock band Poison, Brett Michaels brings his sound to Crossroads KC at Grinders on July 3. Tickets start at $30. Click here for tickets and more information: http://bit.ly/Xngtuv

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