Stars & Stripes Picnic

July 3, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. | Museum and Memorial Grounds open at 3 p.m.

Come celebrate Independence Day with us! The Museum and Memorial, in partnership with Cumulus Radio, invites the public to gather on the south side of the Museum for the Stars and Stripes Picnic. Bring your friends and family to listen to music, grab a bite to eat from a local food truck (or bring your own spread) and enjoy our iconic grounds. The main event will begin at 6:30 p.m.; the public can gather as early as 3 p.m. for picnicking and shopping. A fireworks display will begin after dusk and last around 20 minutes. FREE to the public.

The Schedule of Events will be updated often, so check back!

Schedule of Events

3 – 6:30 p.m.

The public is welcome to begin picnicking on our south grounds, listen to music, eat from a local food truck and shop with over 30 local Strawberry Swing vendors as well as the Museum Store.

There will be a Kids Corner with:

Food trucks:

6:30 – 10 p.m.

The official program begins at 6:30 on the Museum and Memorial’s Walk of Honor. Local on-air personality Hartzell Gray will MC the event:



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


In anticipation of large crowds, we recommend parking further away and taking the Downtown KC Streetcar to the Union Station stop. There is FREE parking available near the North Loop stops at 601 Main and 711 Main. Additionally, KC Streetcar has several maps that highlight parking garages near the route.

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 and parking is first come, first served.

Paid parking is available for $10 (cash 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 $10 (cash 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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