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Independence Day 2024 is fast approaching with the City of Independence’s Fourth of July Celebration on Friday, July 5 at the Independence Visitors’ Center located at 937 W. Walnut Street. 

The celebration is a joint effort with the City of Independence, Parks, Recreation, and Tourism department. The event would not happen without the support of the Independence Fire Department and the Independence Police Department. 

The 2024 event starts at 5 p.m. and will feature a family-friendly atmosphere with food trucks, live music and a family games area. New this year: Great American Kites and Events will have a kite display when gates open. 

“It’s an American tradition we’re happy to host every year,” said Jeff Umbreit, Recreation Services Supervisor.  “But we’re also happy to innovate, and excited to try something new.  The display of kites and flags along the southern edge of the park draws your eye to the sky – just like the fireworks will later in the night.” 

Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. with prime fireworks-viewing locations at the Independence Visitors’ Center, Church of Christ Temple Lot, Community of Christ Headquarters, Independence Train Depot and the Campus RV Park. 

Below is the full schedule 

5:00pm Gates Open, Family Games Area, Kite Display by Great American Kites 

6:00pm  Zion’s Choir 

7:00pm Jaidyn LaBorde 

8:30pm Spirit of Independence Concert Band 

9:30pm Fireworks begin 

Motorists should pay attention to the following road closures near the Independence Visitors’ Center on July 5. 

  • River Blvd at Lexington Ave (blocking access to River Blvd) 
  • River Blvd at Pacific Ave (blocking access to River Blvd) 
  • Temple Ct at Lexington Ave (blocking access to Temple Ct) 
  • Walnut St at Temple Ct (blocking access to Walnut St) 
  • Walnut St at Temple Dr (blocking access to Walnut St) 

Please pay attention to signage as parking restrictions may vary.  

Please note outside fireworks, weapons, smoking, pets, and alcohol are prohibited. 

The event is made possible through the partnership between the City of Independence, Independence Parks, Recreation and Tourism and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Independence Stake. 

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