Union Station beefs up security for Memorial Day celebration after Manchester attack

Posted at 4:24 PM, May 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-28 19:00:07-04

Every Memorial Day weekend, hundreds of people gather at Union Station to listen to the Kansas City Symphony and watch fireworks. It's a family-friendly event with tons of games, activities, and food. 

To keep it safe and fun, the Symphony and Union Station are adding more security, in light of the recent bombing tragedy in Manchester, England. 

"We have looked at all of our security plans that were in place and try to beef those up in every possible way. So we feel like we have a very comprehensive plan in place to protect everyone's safety and to make sure that this is just a fun, celebratory event," Marketing Director for the Kansas City Symphony Jeff Barker said. 

Of course, Barker nor police can disclose in what ways they've beefed up the security. 

Every year for the event, police, Homeland Security, and the FBI work together. There were more officers, although many may not be in plain sight. 

Barriers protected the entrances around Pershing where Union Station is. 

Families say nothing should prevent someone from celebrating their patriotism. 

"Everybody should just go out and enjoy life and enjoy the activities," Carabeth Crockett said.  "Things are going to happen in life, and you just need to go out and have fun, but be aware of your surroundings." 

Kailei Whitson drove four hours to KC to visit family, and brought her kids out to the event. Bombings and shootings were not on her mind. 

"These things are great to just sample what's going on and all the different things that are happening," Whitson said. "The biggest thing is bringing everyone together."

The concert starts at 8 p.m., with fireworks starting around 9:40 p.m. and wrapping up around 10. Patti Austin is this year's special musical guest. For more info on the Bank of America Celebration at the Station, click here.