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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Museum and Memorial Grounds open at 3 p.m.

The National WWI Museum and Memorial and KC RiverFest will join forces for Kansas City’s official Independence Day Celebration and the largest fireworks display in the city!


Celebrate our nation’s independence at the Stars and Stripes Picnic, in partnership with Cumulus Radio, on Saturday, July 2. Bring your friends and family to grab a bite to eat, shop with local vendors, listen to live music and enjoy fireworks over the Memorial.

The public is welcome to begin picnicking on the south grounds of the Museum and Memorial as early as 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 2. A fireworks display will begin around 9:40 p.m. FREE to the public – rain or shine!

Entertainment, Food and Vendors


Headlining Artist: Casi Joy

Blake Shelton says of Casi Joy, "She has this electric energy when she's on stage and has these unique things that she can do vocally. She's an edgier version of a country artist. She's old school but has a youthful energy about her. There's no stopping Casi Joy."

With over 40 million video views online, and 350,000 followers, Joy has captured the attention of music fans around the globe who appreciate the way she melds traditional country and modern pop influences.


Additional performances, starting at 4 p.m., by Magic 107.3’s Boogie D, Kadesh Flow with All Night Trio, the Marching Cobras and K-Audic.


Also featuring a flyover by two T-38 Talon jets and a surprise guest appearance by a legendary country music artist.



Food Vendors

Modern photograph of a hot air balloon lit up at night with the Liberty Memorial Tower in the background.

Tethered Balloon Rides


  • Where: Southwest Lawn
  • Free for children to go into the basket on the ground
  • $20 per person tethered rides (weather permitting) from 7-9:30 p.m.

Other vendors




The National WWI Museum and Memorial
2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Mo 64108

The fireworks will be launched from the North Lawn, so crowds will only be permitted on the South side of the Museum and Memorial.





Food and Beverage

You are welcome to bring your own food and drinks. There will also be over 25 food and beverage venues to purchase your own – including beer and other alcohol.


You are welcome to bring your leashed dog to the event. Please pick up after your pet!


There will be multiple clusters of portable restrooms located on the south side of the Museum and Memorial, including ADA options.

Street Closures

To prepare for the event, the U Drive in front of the Museum and Memorial will be closed all day on July 2. Additionally, the following street closures will take place: 

  • Memorial Drive (on the south side of the grounds) will be closed between Main and Wyandotte. 

  • Kessler Street (on the west side of the grounds) will be closed Between Wyandotte and Pershing on July 2 beginning at noon. Parking for Museum guests will be allowed on the west side of Kessler until 5 p.m. There will be no parking allowed on the east side of Kessler all day Saturday. 

  • Wyandotte Street will be closed north of 29th Street. 

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. There are FREE parking lots available near the North Loop stops on the KC Streetcar Route – at 6th and Main and 7th and Main.

Complimentary 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 parking is first come, first served.

Paid parking is available for $15 (credit card only) at Hallmark’s surface lots #10, 11 and 12. All three lots are at 27th and Grand. If they fill, parking will move to lots #32 and 33 at 27th Terrace and McGee Trafficway.

Paid parking is also available at Union Station for $15 (credit card only). Parking fees will be collected upon entry to help speed the flow of exiting. 

Please do not use Crown Center garages.






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