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Thursday, July 4, 2024

Check this page often for the latest updates as the celebration gets closer.


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.

Grounds open at 3 p.m.
FREE to the public – rain or shine!
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Event Details

Be sure to check back often, as information may change.

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Frequently Asked Questions


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 south side of the Museum and Memorial, including ADA options.

From 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.:
  • Memorial at Main
  • Wyandotte at 29th
  • Kessler at just south of the entry to the Portfolio Building

All traffic must enter the area from Wyandotte and 31st, and only those with the proper parking pass wlll be allowed past 29th and Wyandotte.

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.

ADA parking

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.

Paid parking options

Union Station parking
Charge will be $20.

Hallmark parking
$20 charge, credit card only. Parking facilities open around 2:30 p.m.:

  • South surface parking lots 10, 11 and 12
  • Retail Garage
  • Pershing Garage



 Show Schedule

3 p.m. Doors "open" / Music by DJ Boogie D
4:15 p.m. Live music: GoodFoot
5:40 p.m. Performance: Alma Tapatía dancers
6:15 p.m. Live music: Montage (set 1)
6:45 p.m. KCTV Welcome / National Anthem and Flyover
6:55 p.m. Live music: Montage (set 2)
8:05 p.m. Live music: Lost Wax
9:35 p.m. Fireworks

Event Map

2024 Artists

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The original mashup party band offering stacks of funky tracks spanning six decades of pop, rock, hip-hop and R&B.
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Grupo Folklórico Alma Tapatía


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National Anthem:

Amari Lewis


Food and Activities

(Subject to change)


Boss Dogs

Coco Loco Grill

Frost Frogs Water Ice

The Hungry Hatch LLC

Irvzilla's Hawaiian Grill

KC Fooditude

KC Whip and Company

KC Kona Ice

La Hamburguesa Loca, LLC

One More Scoop

Russell Stover Chocolates

Scimeca's Italian Sausages

Taste of Aloha

Taste of Brazil

Taste of Kansas City BBQ

The BBQ Shack, LLC

Twisted Taters



Aunt Nancy's Face Art

Blessed Apparel 

Essential Henna

Strawberry Swing (pop-up craft fair - handmade and vintage vendors)

MCEnterprises (assorted festival toys and merchandise)

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2024 Stars and Stripes Picnic

Presented By

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2024 Sponsors

2024 Media Partners

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