Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Museum and Memorial grounds open at 3 p.m.
The Stars and Stripes Picnic at the National WWI Museum and Memorial is Kansas City’s official Independence Day celebration! Bring your friends and family to grab a bite to eat, shop from local vendors, listen to live music and enjoy the largest fireworks display in the city.
The public is welcome to begin picnicking on the south grounds of the Museum and Memorial as early as 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. A fireworks display over the iconic Tower will begin around 9:40 p.m. FREE to the public – rain or shine!
Official television and streaming media partner
Broadcasting live from the event all day on July 4 in every newscast.
Special broadcast from 9-10 p.m. with live interviews, live entertainment and exclusive live coverage of fireworks.
Official radio media partner
Broadcasting music and live DJ sets all day at the event.
Tune in to 94.9 FM when fireworks start to hear the official soundtrack.
Main Stage Schedule
|4:00 p.m.||KADESH FLOW|
|4:50 p.m.||ALL NIGHT TRIO|
|5:45 p.m.||MARCHING COBRAS|
|6:15 p.m.||ONE NIGHT STAND|
|6:45 p.m.||KCTV 5 WELCOME AND INTRO CEREMONY|
|6:55 p.m.||ONE NIGHT STAND|
|7:30 p.m.||KC IRISH DANCE COMPANY|
|8:05 p.m.||HEADLINER: CASI JOY|
|9:35 p.m.||CUMULUS AND KCTV 5 COUNTDOWN|
Note: The fireworks will be launched from the North Lawn. Crowds will ONLY be permitted on the south side of the Museum and Memorial.
Be sure to check back often as the event gets closer, as information may change.
There will be local food and beverage venues to purchase food and drinks from – including beer and other alcohol. Guests are also welcome to bring their own food and drinks.
As the weather will be hot, please make sure to bring plenty of water.
Dogs are permitted on leashes, but be advised that loud fireworks may not be the best environment for them. Please pick up after your pets.
There will be multiple clusters of portable restrooms located on the North Lawn and south side of the Museum and Memorial, including ADA options.
To prepare for the event, the U-Drive in front of the Museum and Memorial will be closed all day on Aug. 19. Additionally, the following street closures will take place:
- Memorial Drive (on the south side of the grounds) will be closed between Main and Wyandotte.
- Wyandotte Street will be closed north of 29th Street.
- Beginning at noon, all parking for Museum guests will be closed. Guests are encouraged to park in alternate lots at Union Station or take the Street Car.
- Kessler Street (on the west side of the grounds) will be closed between Wyandotte and Pershing on Aug. 19 beginning at noon.
All vehicles parked on Kessler and the West Visitor Lot will need to vacate by 5 p.m. or risk being towed.
In anticipation of large crowds, we recommend parking further away and taking the KC Streetcar to the Union Station stop.
Or arrive via city bus with RideKC, which also offers park-and-ride options.
Complimentary, limited ADA parking is available at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – 1 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO 64108. The entrance is off Wyandotte Street (access from the south) and ADA parking is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.
Union Station parking: $20 per car.
- Pershing Garage (enter 25th and Grand east side or Pershing & McGee)
- Retail Garage (enter 25th and Grand west side)
- $20 per car
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Food and Activities
Coco Loco Grill
Da Poke Wagon
Jack's Kettle Corn
KC Whip and Company
One More Scoop
Scimeca's Italian Sausages
Taco Bar KC
Taste of Kansas City BBQ
The BBQ Shack, LLC
The Melt Truck
Ying's Thai Food
Taste of Aloha
La Hamburguesa Loca
Muffin Top Bakery