Fourth of July fireworks: Where to see them around the metro

We wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t remind you that, technically, fireworks
are illegal in a majority of the KC area’s cities. Fortunately, many of them offer free displays. We recommend that you sit back, save your money, and let the Man handle tonight’s entertainment.

KC RiverFest at Berkley Riverfront Park (south bank of the Missouri River between the Christopher S. Bond and Heart of America bridges). Gates open at 4 p.m. with free admission until 5 (then it costs $5, except for children 12 and younger, who get in free). The celebration has two stages of local music, including Antennas Up, Shades of Jade, Funk Syndicate, and Four Fried Chickens and a Coke. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. See

Jackson County’s Fourth of July Celebration at Longview Lake, Shelter No. 13 (11100 View High Drive). Find carnival games and rides, a drop-in salute to veterans by Skydive KC, and a performance by country-rock band Blackjack Billy. Gates open at 6 p.m. Admission is free, but parking costs $5. See

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