(Local) Explosions in the Sky: Your Independence Day fireworks hit list


Not for nothing does Jackson County call this year’s Independence Day event, at Longview Lake (11100 View High Drive, Shelter 13), the Big Bang: Its fireworks display is set to include what officials claim is the nation’s biggest single shell — “so large it could not be assembled elsewhere and then be legally transported for commercial use.” So there’s your choice Saturday night: See a display planned to be just within the letter of the law, or settle for more conventionally scaled pyro at one of the many other celebrations around the metro. Full list after the jump.

Booms and Blooms Festival
11 a.m. Friday, Powell Gardens, 1609 N.W. Hwy. 50, Kingsville; rain date July 5.

Fort Osage
Musket and cannon demonstrations and patriotic speeches, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Fort Osage Education Center, 107 Osage St., Sibley, jacksongov.org.

Independence Day Fireworks, sponsored by Fairway, Westwood, Roeland Park, Mission Hills and Westwood Hills
9:30 p.m. Friday, Bishop Miege High School, 5041 Reinhardt Dr., Roeland Park; rain date July 6.

Jackson County’s Big Bang 4th of July
Music, sky divers, kids’ carnival area, food vendors and fireworks, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Longview Lake Shelter 13, Longview Lake Beach, 11100 View High Dr.

Kansas City, Kansas, Fireworks
9:45 p.m. Friday, Pierson Park, South 55th St. and Douglas. No personal fireworks allowed.

KC RiverFest
4-11 p.m. Saturday, Berkley Riverfront Park, Missouri River between the Heart of America and Paseo bridges, at N. Lydia Ave. and E. Front St., kcriverfest.com.

Lee’s Summit Legacy Blast
Food vendors, local entertainers and inflatables, and fireworks choreographed and simulcast on KCMO 94.9, 6 p.m. Thursday, Legacy Park, 1201 N.E. Legacy Park Dr.; rain date July 5.

Liberty 4th Fest
6 p.m. Friday, Kansas Street between Missouri and Leonard, downtown Liberty, and 8 p.m. Saturday, William Jewell College, 500 College Hill; see liberty4thfest.com for full schedule of events.

Missouri Town 1855
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, 8010 E. Park Rd. (in Fleming Park), Lee’s Summit, jacksongov.org.

Mother Russia Industries 4th of July West Side Concert
With Blondie Brunetti, Fast Johnny Ricker Band, Bad Ideas, Shy Boys, Scammers, Vertigon, and many more, 1-11 p.m. Mulkey Square Park (the FBI park), 13th St. and Summit; picnics and grills OK, but no fireworks allowed.

Olathe Fireworks
9:30 p.m. Saturday, Great Mall of the Great Plains, 20700 W. 151st St., Olathe, olatheks.org; rain date July 5.

Parkville July 4th Celebration
Carnival and vendors, 7-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, English Landing Park, First St. and Main, parkvillemo.org

Star Spangled Spectacular
4-11 p.m. Saturday, Corporate Woods Office Park, 8717 W. 110th St., Overland Park, starspangledspectacular.org.

2015 Annual City Fireworks Display
6 p.m. Saturday, Blue Springs High School, 2000 N.W. Ashton Dr., Blue Springs, bluespringsgov.com; rain date: July 5.

Worlds of Fun Fireworks
9:30 p.m. Saturday, 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave., which will close at 7:30 p.m.