Fourth of July activities are open to the public throughout Johnson County

Are you ready for the fourth? Independence Day comes next Monday, July 4th. There are many ways to celebrate America’s independence throughout Johnson County, including events and activities organized by local cities and municipalities.

County offices will be closed Monday, July 4th in observance of this federal holiday. County parks will remain open during normal business hours. However, Shawnee Mission Park Beach will close at 4 p.m., and Shawnee Mission Park Marina will close early (last rentals 2:30-3:30 p.m.). Kill Creek Marina will be closed.

Please celebrate the 4th of July safely: apply plenty of sunscreen, pay attention to the grill, do not drink and drive. Find out how these events are celebrated in cities across the county.

de soto

De Soto’s 4th of July celebration at Riverfest Park is set for July 4th from 7-10:30 p.m. Event starts at 7 p.m. with vendors and band, with a fireworks display at 9:45 p.m.


The annual community picnic and fireworks fair returns to Edgerton on Independence Day. The July 4th event takes place at Martin Creek Park from 5-10:30 p.m., with a picnic beginning at 6 p.m. and fireworks around 9:45 p.m.

Fairway / Royland Park / Westwood

Free of charge in Fairway, Royland Park, and Westwood fireworks display It takes place on July 3 at dusk at Bishop Miege High School in northeastern Johnson County.


A fan of country music? Gardner’s Independence Day Festival will feature three notable artists: Nico Moon, After Midtown and Blaine Howard.

The event is free and begins at 3 p.m. on July 4 at Celebration Park. Food and activities will be available, and fireworks will follow the end of the party at 10pm


The Lenexa Independence Day celebration begins first thing in the morning with the Lenexa Freedom Run. The 5km/10km race starts at 7am and is open to runners and walkers alike.

Later in the morning, Lenexa hosts two shows. The Community Days Parade begins at 10 a.m. in Old Town Lenexa. This year’s theme is “Good Ol’ Summertime”. The Paw-triotic Pet Parade at Lenexa Public Market follows at 11 a.m., with activities including pet-themed pop-up vendors beginning at 9 a.m.


The city of Leawood is hosting a Leawood City Park celebration on July 4th from 6-9:30 p.m. at Leawood City Park. The event will include live music, inflatables, food carts and more, and will conclude with a fireworks display at the end of the night.


Flags 4 Freedom’s post returns to Miriam’s week-long tour back in July. The public will be able to see American flags adorning downtown Merriam along Merriam and Johnson Drive from July 2-9. The Fourth of July will be a day for reflection.

Woods’ mission

Mission Woods is hosting its Fourth of July celebration on July 4th from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Mission Woods Road and Terrace, and the event will include entertainment, balloon artists, an ice cream truck, and more.


Several Fourth of July celebrations take place in Olathe this year. An Independence Day celebration is set at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm on Saturday, July 2 from 10am-4pm. The event features a reading of the Declaration of Independence, an old baseball, root beer floats and more.

On the Fourth of July, you can attend the Beach Fest at Lake Olathe Swim Beach & Marina from 2:30 p.m. Admission includes open swimming, boat rentals, and more. A Olathe fireworks display will follow that night at the College Boulevard Activity Center, beginning at approximately 9:45 p.m.

Overland Park

Overland Park hosts its annual Star Spangled Spectacular event at Corporate Woods Founders Park. The Fourth of July event begins at 6 p.m. and will include concerts, food trucks and a fireworks display around 9:45 p.m.

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead is also having her own 4th of July celebration with Independence Day on the farm. Fun on the farm includes old-fashioned games and activities, as well as a bike parade. The event runs from 9 a.m. until noon on July 4th.

Prairie Village

On the morning of July 4, the City of Prairie Village invited residents to VillageFest on the town hall (near 77 and Mission). Pancake breakfast will run from 7:30-11 a.m. at Harmon Park Pavilion at $5 per plate. Other activities include kids’ activities on campus and free swimming throughout the afternoon at the Prairie Village Pool.

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