The Perfect Fourth of July Weekend

Where to find the best fireworks

Nothing says summer quite like fireworks on the Fourth of July, and it won’t be long before we’re all gathered around lawn chairs eagerly awaiting the bombs bursting in air! No matter where you are in Kansas City or Southern Missouri, there are incredible displays that will have you bursting with patriotic pride.

Kansas City

  • National WWI Museum and Memorial: The Stars and Stripes Picnic on July 2nd at the WWI Museum and Memorial will be capped off with an incredible fireworks display after dusk. The action starts at 3:00 p.m. when guests can picnic and check out 50 vendors on site.
  • Corporate Woods: If you’re in the suburbs on the Kansas side of the metro, the Star Spangled Spectacular at Corporate Woods Founders’ Park is an excellent option. Food trucks and musical performances start at 6:00 p.m., with the fireworks beginning at 9:45 p.m. 
  • College Boulevard Activity Center: The Olathe Red, White & Blue fireworks show also starts at 9:45 p.m. Be aware that Fireworks, open flames, alcohol, and pets are prohibited in the area.
  • Parkville: The Fourth of July Celebration in Parkville runs all day on July 4th. Catch a pancake breakfast, skydiving exhibition, and even a parade before the fireworks start in the evening.
  • Lee’s Summit: Friday, July 1st at 9:30 p.m. marks the return of Lee’s Summit’s Legacy Blast fireworks display after a two-year pandemic hiatus. Concessions, food truck vendors, face-painting, balloon artists, inflatables, and even selfie stations will all be a part of this year’s fun.

Southern Missouri

  • Branson Landing Liberty Light Up: Live music featuring Mile Zero and The Dirty Saints starts the action at 6:00 p.m. on July 3rd in Branson. The beer garden can help hold you over until the fireworks begin later that night.
  • Table Rock Lake: You’ll have the chance to take in fireworks by land or on a boat at Table Rock Lake’s Fireburst at Kimberling City Bridge on July 1st. Fireworks start at 9:00 p.m. but make sure to get there early.
  • Rockaway Beach: The Annual Rockin’ 4th of July celebration starts at noon on the fourth at Rockaway Beach. Craft and food vendors and carnival games will be out all day, and the fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
  • Hollister: Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Park will host the Hollister Fireworks show on July 4th, which begins at 5:00 p.m. There will be plenty of vendors and activities before the fireworks, including the Little Miss Firecracker Pageant.

Explore Kansas City this Autumn

One of the best times of the year to explore Kansas City is right now. Fall is here, and with it comes a jam-packed calendar of events offering autumn experiences. 

Happening in Kansas City or just a short drive away, you’ll either capture that perfect Instagram pic, taste some fresh apple cider, or take part in some long-time KC traditions. 

Here’s a list we’ve compiled for you: 

43rd Annual Ciderfest – This popular event kicks off today at the Louisburg Cider Mill featuring cider making, pony rides, craft booths, and live music. Visit for more information. 

KC Oktoberfest – Happening October 1st & 2nd. This is Kansas City’s largest Oktoberfest which drew more than 11,000 people before the pandemic. Lots of German bier, food, and music will fill be on hand at the Crown Center. Visit for more information. 

Applefest – Happening October 2nd & 3rd. Less than an hour from Kansas City and one of the best day trips around, Weston, Mo. will host the 33rd Annual Applefest. The activities begin with a parade down Main Street. Mix in crafts, food, games, and entertainment for a winner of a weekend. For more information, visit  

American Royal Livestock Show – Happening October 6-24th. In its 122nd year, the American Royal Livestock Show is one of the most prestigious in the nation. One of the toughest competitions around, the event draws animal enthusiasts and the highest quality livestock. Visit for more information. 

Festa Italiana – Happening October 8-10th. This fundraiser provides nonstop music, delicious Italian food, and an Italian motorsports show. Vehicles include Lamborghini, Maserati, Ferrari, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Ducati, and more. This takes place at Zona Rosa, and you can learn about the event at

Spooky Snake Saturday – Happening October 23rd. When the 2021 Spring Snake Saturday parade was canceled because of the pandemic, organizers pivoted to the Spooky version in October. This will be a stationary parade in the Northland- picture a trunk or treat with parade floats. There’s also a chili cookoff, a carnival, pumpkin decorating, and a children’s theater. For more information, visit

Celebrating Our Nation

Fireworks are back for the Fourth of July this year! We found 15 shows all over Kansas City and Southern Missouri so you can catch a show whether you’re staying near home or hitting the road for the weekend. 

Kansas City Metro 

Red, White & Blue Springs 
Sun, July 4, 2021  
6:30 – 10:00 p.m., fireworks at 9:45 p.m. 
Blue Springs High School 
2000 NW Ashton Dr 
Blue Springs, MO 

Picnic in the Park 
Fri June 25, 2021  
6:00 – 9:00 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m. 
Stump Park 
4751 Woodland Dr 
Shawnee, KS 

Parkville Fourth of July Celebration 
Sun, July 4, 2021  
All day, fireworks at 9:45 p.m. 
122 S Main St 
Parkville, MO 

Independence Day Festival: Gardner 
Sun, July 4, 2021  
4:00 – 10:00 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m. 
Celebration Park 
32501 159th St 
Gardner, KS 

Spirit of America Celebration: Raymore 
Fri, July 2, 2021  
7:00 – 10:00 p.m., fireworks at dusk 
Recreation Park 
1101 S. Madison St 
Raymore, MO 

Celebration in the Park 
Sun, July 4, 2021  
12:00 – 10:15 p.m., fireworks at 9:45 p.m. 
Leawood City Park 
10601 Lee Blvd 
Leawood, KS 

Stars & Stripes Picnic 
Sat, July 3, 2021 
7:00 – 9:00 p.m., fireworks at dusk 
National World War I Museum and Memorial 
2 Memorial Dr 
Kansas City, MO 

4th of July Fireworks: Weston 
Sun, July 4, 2021 
7:00 – 11:00 p.m. 
Main Street 
Weston, MO 

Southern Missouri 

July 4th Celebration 
Sun, June 27, 2021 
6:30 p.m., fireworks at dusk 
549 Riverdale Rd 
Ozark, MO 

Light the Night Fireworks Festival 
Sat, June 19, 2021 
5:00 – 10:00 p.m., fireworks at dusk 
Baldwin Park 
Aurora, MO 

Summer Potluck and Fireworks Show on McFarm 
Sat, June 26, 2021 
4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m, fireworks at dusk 
8518 N Farm Rd 161 
Springfield, MO 

Annual Hollister 4th of July Celebration 
Sun, July 4, 2021 
Fireworks at dusk 
Chad A. Fuqua Park 
312 Esplanade Dr., 
Hollister, MO 

Branson Landing’s Liberty Light Up Celebration 
Sat, July 3, 2021 
7:00 – 10:00 p.m., fireworks after 10 p.m. 
Branson Landing 
100 Branson Landing Blvd. 
Branson, MO 

Fourth of July Celebration at Chateau on the Lake 
Sun, July 4, 2021 
Fireworks at dusk 
Chateau on the Lake 
415 N. State Hwy 265 
Branson, MO  

Fri, July 2, 2021 
9:00 – 9:30 p.m. 
Kimberling City Bridge

Saturday Farmers’ Markets

It’s market season! Do your weekly shopping in the fresh air and support your local farmers while you’re at it: Here are 28 farmers’ markets all over the area.

Note: Check your local farmers’ market page before heading out! Some have specific guidelines for Covid – for example, in Merriam the first hour of shopping is only for at-risk shoppers, and Olathe is not allowing reusable bags.

Kansas City area:

Parkville, MO: April 24 – October 30, 7am – 12pm

City Market, KCMO: April – October, 7am – 3pm

Brookside, KCMO: Every Saturday (indoors in winter!), 8am – 1pm

Merriam, KS: May 1 – September, 7am – 1pm

Overland Park, KS: April 17 onwards, 7:30am – 1pm

Lenexa: April 24 – October 30, 8am – 12pm

Olathe, KS: April 24 – October 23, 7:30am until sold out

Park Place, Leawood KS: May 1 – October 16, 7:30am – 12pm. This one is brand new!

South KCMO: April – October, 7:30 – 12pm


Leavenworth: May 1 – August 28, 7am – 12pm; September 4 – October 30, 8am – 12pm

Spring Hill: June 6 – September 11, 7:30am – 11:30am

Paola: June 19 – September 25, 6pm – 9pm

Old Town Farm & Art Market, Wichita: April 3 – December 18, 8am – 1pm

Kansas Grown! Wichita and Derby: April – October, 7am – 12pm


Liberty: May 1 – October 30, 7am – 12pm

Drumm Farm, Independence: May – October, 8am – 1pm

Independence: May – October, 8am – 1pm

Lee’s Summit: April 10 – November 20, 8am – 12pm

Gladstone: May 1 – October 30, 8am – 1pm

Blue Springs: May 1 – October 30, 7am – 12pm

Grandview: June 5 – September 25, 8am – 12pm

Harrisonville: May 1 – October 30, 8am – 12pm

Joplin: Every Saturday, 10am – 2pm

Webb City: April – October, 9am – 12pm

C-Street City Market, Springfield: April 3 – October 30, 9am – 2pm

Greater Springfield: Every Saturday, 8am – 12pm

Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks, Springfield: April – December 8am – 1pm

Hollister: April 20 – October 12, 9am – 1pm

Café Patio Season Is Here!

Closeup of four coffee cups held together by friends at a patio table.
Closeup of four coffee cups held together by friends at a patio table.

Get outside and enjoy a cup of coffee on a patio!

We’ve rounded up coffee shops with patios in the Kansas City metro area, Lawrence, Wichita, Pittsburg and southwestern Missouri, so you can enjoy this beautiful weather no matter where you are. See if your favorite spot is on the list, or maybe find a new favorite!

Note: Information is accurate as of publication date, but as always, double check a location’s hours and information before heading out in case of unforeseen or coronavirus-related events.

KC Metro:

Aixois: Kansas City, MO 

Urban Prairie Coffee: Kansas City, MO. Dog-friendly! 

Messenger Coffee: Crossroads, on the roof! 

The Classic Cup Café: Country Club Plaza 

Filling Station: Midtown 

Mildred’s: Two locations, both with patios 

Parisi Coffee: Overland Park 

McLaine’s Market: Overland Park 

Hattie’s Fine Coffee: Prairie Village  

The Roasterie: Multiple locations around the metro 

Corner Bakery Café: Leawood 

Bean Counter Cafe: Blue Springs 

Martin City Coffee: Martin City 


The Bourgeois Pig

Milton’s Café

Uplift Coffee


Placeholder Coffee

R Coffeehouse

Reverie Coffee Roasters

Vagabond Cafe

Southwestern Missouri and Southeastern Kansas:

Root Coffeehouse and Creperie: Pittsburg

Maple Leaf Coffeehouse: Carthage

KeenBean Coffee Roasters: Mount Vernon

MoJoe’s Coffee: Neosho

Big Momma’s Coffee and Espresso Bar: Springfield

Aviary Cafe and Creperie: Springfield

Travellers House Coffee and Tea: Springfield

Morning Day Cafe: Nixa

Market House Cafe and Bake Shop: Ozark

White River Coffee Company: Rockaway Beach

Vintage Paris: Hollister

Hollister Coffee CO: Hollister

K’s Koffee LLC: Branson

Branson’s Center Stage Grille and Kaffee House: Branson

Parisi Coffee and ReeceNichols Announce New Partnership

Two Kansas City companies, Parisi Coffee and ReeceNichols Real Estate, have launched an exciting new partnership with the debut of the “Haven” blend. The coffee will be available to all ReeceNichols agents later this month, as well as ReeceNichols customers and the general public.

“As a locally owned and operated business, we’re continually searching for partners who share our passion for Kansas City,” said Joseph Paris, CEO of Parisi Coffee. “ReeceNichols has a reputation for selling beautiful homes and offering unparalleled customer service, making it the ideal fit for this collaboration.”

The Haven blend was designed specifically for ReeceNichols. Company representatives met with Nick Scott, Head Roaster at Parisi Coffee, and attended a cupping where various beans and roast styles were tried before settling on a blend of Central and South American coffees. Notes include milk chocolate, grapefruit, melon and caramel. The coffee is considered a “medium blend,” making it ideal for a wide range of coffee drinkers.

“So many memories are made and conversations are had over a cup of coffee at home,” said ReeceNichols President & CEO Mike Frazier. “Real estate and coffee are both very tied to people’s emotions, which is why it was a natural fit to partner with Parisi Coffee, another iconic Kansas City company that shares our values of quality and building community relationships.”

Agents will be able to order the Haven blend directly from Parisi Coffee and use it for their offices, open houses, client gifts and special promotions. Additionally, ReeceNichols customers will have the option of purchasing the coffee through their real estate agent. And finally, Haven will be available to the general public through Parisi Coffee’s website. The partnership between ReeceNichols and Parisi Coffee is expected to include a charitable component later in the year, and additional blends are in the works.


There’s nothing like a beautiful light display to get you into the spirit of the season! Here is a list of events and spots to add to your calendar.

18th & Vine Historic District

Downtown East – Kansas City
Admission: FREE

Drive or walk by the magnificent tree lit all season in Kansas City’s historic 18th & Vine District.

Candy Cane Lane

7900 Outlook Lane, Prairie Village, KS
Nov. 28, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021
Admission: FREE

For a quick light display excursion, head to Candy Cane Lane. Each year since 1958, the people who live on this street turn their cul-de-sac into a magical Christmas wonderland.

Crysler Lights

3510 S. Crysler, Independence, MO
Nov. 22-Dec. 31, 2020
Admission: FREE

Turn your radio to 100.3 FM to hear synchronized music for this holiday light show. If you look carefully, you might even spot the Grinch!

Christmas in the Park

Longview Lake
Nov. 23 – Dec. 31, 2020
Admission: FREE. Donations accepted.

In its 33rd year, Christmas in the Park features more than 500,000 lights and 175 animated figures in a drive-thru wonderland. This year, they’ve added a 25 foot Santa at the BBQ grill and an expanded tunnel entrance, programmed with dazzling colors and effects.

Christmas Place

131st & Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS
Nov. 26, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021
Admission: FREE

This double cul-de-sac of 23 homes that turns into a gorgeous, wintry display, has been “voted the number one Christmas neighborhood in Johnson County for 16 straight years,” according to its website.

Festival of Lights: Enchantment

Powell Gardens
Nov. 13, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021
Admission: $5-$12; FREE for members

More than 20 miles of holiday lights highlight Powell Gardens’ trees and pathways, transporting visitors to an enchanted land. Keep an eye out for the brand-new Enchanted Tiki Bar and Santa’s Workshop!

Hall of Trees

Hall of Waters’ Water Bar – downtown Excelsior Springs
Nov. 22 – Dec. 31, 2020
Admission: FREE

Local businesses, civic groups and friends decorate this beautiful display of more than 30 trees. Bring your change and vote for your favorite!

Holiday Luminary Walk

Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Nov. 27-28, Dec. 4-5, Dec. 11-12, 2020
Admission: $14 (tickets must be purchased in advance); 5 and under FREE

Take a stroll through the magically lit pathways at the Overland Park Arboretum. Enjoy musical performances in four different locations and a horse-drawn wagon ride through the forest.

Holiday Reflections Walk Thru Village

Union Station
Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021
Admission: $5 (Children 2 and under are free)

Lights reach for the sky and decorated trees surround you in Union Station’s stunning Grand Plaza. Keep an eye out for eight photo stations.

Legends Lighting

Legends Outlets
Nov. 20 – Dec. 31, 2020
Admission: FREE

The crown jewel of this beautifully lit shopping center is a 45-foot tree decorated with festive LED-lighted snowflakes and a giant snowfall topper.

Mayor’s Christmas Tree

Crown Center Square
Downtown Kansas City
Nov. 27, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021
Admission: FREE

Fully illuminated and standing at an impressive 100 feet, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree is one of the tallest in the nation.

Paulie’s Penguin Playground

16617 Indian Creek Parkway, Olathe, KS
Nov. 27 – Dec. 23, 2020
Admission: FREE. Donations accepted for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

Paul Craig’s Christmas display has grown to nearly 150 lighted figures in his yard. This walk-through, penguin-themed extravaganza raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Plaza Lights

Country Club Plaza
Nov. 26, 2020 – Jan. 10, 2021
Admission: FREE

The quintessential Kansas City light display, the Plaza Lights have been a cherished tradition for more than 90 years.

Sar-Ko Aglow

Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
Dec. 4, 2020 – Jan. 10, 2021
Admission: FREE

Get into the spirit of the holiday season by taking a stroll around Rose’s Pond and gazing at the lovely, illuminated trees.

Winter Magic

Swope Park
Nov. 1, 2020 – Jan. 2, 2021
Admission: $20 per carload; $30-$40 for commercial vans or buses

Adorned with stunning holiday light displays, this approximately one mile long drive will weave you through nine themed areas including the 12 Days of Christmas, a toy workshop, a stained-glass nativity and more.

Zona Rosa Holiday Lights

Zona Rosa Town Center
Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021
Admission: FREE

Take a walk through this festive atmosphere at Zona Rosa, complete with a 50-foot tree, suspended crowns and selfie photo stations.


Small businesses shape our communities, and that’s what makes us so passionate about our Living Local series! We’ve put together several lists of local, Black-owned businesses you can support today:

Restaurants & Bars

Kansas City

Southern Missouri


Kansas City

Southern Missouri


Kansas City

Southern Missouri


Right now, home is the safest place we can be. If you feel called to do more, rest assured, you can still help your community while staying safe during this uncertain time. We compiled some options that’ll help you make a difference.

Donate Blood

Blood drives across the area have been canceled but you may schedule appointments.

Help provide the essentials

Agencies still need funding and essentials like cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, soap and food.

Make masks or donate items to make masks

Help build the supply of needed personal protective equipment. Here’s the CDC pattern.

  • Johnson County – Accepting donated cloth masks and other supplies at the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry St., Olathe. Donations may be dropped off in room 201 in the lower level, during business hours, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Jackson County – The Kansas City, Missouri Health Department Aim4Peace team is collecting donations of homemade masks which will then be distributed throughout the community. Call the Aim4Peace line at 816-352-3069 to schedule a collection time.

Support your local restaurants and small businesses includes a full lineup of restaurants and bars in the area that are offering food delivery and/or curbside pickup. As an added bonus, many restaurants are offering the option to purchase meals for healthcare workers. To support your local artists and makers, visit or your favorite retailer.

Help the hungry

Food pantries still need donations and some students will not have access to food due to schools being closed.

Foster a pet

To reduce the potential strain on shelters, now is a great time to foster a pet. Pets can also offer much-needed companionship while people shelter in place.

Check on your people

Check on family members or friends who are essential workers. Thank them for serving on the frontlines and ask them if there’s anything they need. Check on folks in your neighborhood who can’t get out. See if you can run an errand for them.

Be kind

Most grocery store workers, first responders and healthcare professionals are exhausted and stressed. They’re dealing with the public during a really unfamiliar and chaotic time. Showing them patience and kindness can make a world of difference.


Today is Earth Day and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate this special day than by recognizing the businesses in Kansas City that embrace a more sustainable approach!

Please note that with the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some businesses have closed their doors until stay-at-home orders have lifted, but many have adapted by supporting online purchases with curbside pickup.

Please consider showing these wonderful, locally owned businesses some love when they need it most.

Happy Earth Day!

Restaurants, Retail & Services

Antioch Urban Growers

The Antler Room

blue bird bistro

Brookside Barkery

Cafe Gratitude


The Chive, Simply Good Cafe & Market

The City Girl Farm

Common Ground

The Farmhouse

The Hair Parlour

Howards: Cafe, Grocery & Catering

The Local Pig

Mud Pie Vegan Bakery & Coffee

Nature’s Own Health Market

Ripple Glass


SOAP Refill Station KC

Teeny Greeny

Unbakery & Juicery


The Urban Lumber Company

Wild Wash Soap

Volunteer Opportunities & Additional Resources

Bridging the Gap

Compost Collective KC

Connecting for Good

Cultivate Kansas City

Kansas City Food Circle

Kansas City Wildlands

Nile Valley Aquaponics

Scraps KC

Honorable Mentions

Though not independently owned, these businesses allow you to purchase a variety of pantry essentials using your own reusable containers.

Whole Foods


Natural Grocers

Did we miss someone? Please reach out to – we’d love to add them to the list!