Some people celebrate Memorial Day by grilling hot dogs and drinking copious amounts of beer. And there are others who lobby for a return to the Memorial Days of the past, when three-day weekend was not the, um, reason for the season. Both patriots and partyers will find something to like at Celebration at the Station, an entertainment-filled night starting at 7:30 Sunday at Union Station (30 West Pershing Road). The Kansas City Symphony takes the stage for a patriotic program (yes, that includes “The Star-Spangled Banner”), then plays through the fireworks display at 9 p.m. Call 816-460-2020 for more information. — Rebecca Braverman
Dress for Success
What’s black and white and helps all over?
Terrance Vick wants to take care of two problems: a lack of classy hangouts in Kansas City and a lack of funds for his favorite charities. He’s solving both issues with Saturday’s Black and White Celebrity Summer Explosion, which benefits Faith Academy and Leah’s House, a residence for homeless teen mothers and their children. Champagne starts flowing at 7 p.m. at the Emerald House (3620 Main), where the revelers include Dennis Rodman, the MTV Power Girls and NBA players Earl Watson and Tyronn Lue. Salsa instructors are on-site for attendees who want to try out a few new moves to the sounds of DJ Rice or the jazz group Jabon. Just make sure to leave the tennis shoes and blue jeans in the closet — this event is for people older than 27 who want to look nice, preferably in black and white attire. Admission starts at $30. Call 816-965-5854 to make a reservation.—Neil Mulka
A rodeo, a carnival, a car show and a beer garden: sounds like the ingredients for a wild weekend. Throw in a crafts fair, and things risk turning into utter pandemonium. The 45th annual Shrine Rodeo Days, Thursday through Saturday at the Wyandotte County Fairgrounds (1405 North 98th Street in Kansas City, Kansas), mixes all the necessities for a proper Midwestern to-do. Besides stomach-unfriendly rides such as the Tilt-A-Whirl and the Spider, there are 42 booths of handicraft madness, open for business at 6 p.m. weekdays and noon Saturday. The rodeo starts at 7:30 each night and costs $10 for a smorgasbord of horse racing, steer roping and kids (small children, not goats) riding sheep. Saturday’s car show is open to all contenders and offers prizes for the bossest rides. Admission to the fairgrounds is free; parking costs $1. Call 913-362-5300 for tickets and other details. — Christopher Sebela