If you’re looking for something fun to do this holiday weekend, check out our list below! If you have an event you would like added to this page, please email [email protected] with it.
Wamego City Carnival
June 30 – 4th: 6 to 10 p.m.
July 4th the carnival will run 1- 10 p.m.
South Steps Friday
11 am At Kansas Statehouse
Live music courtesy of Reach Out Kansas and the KU School of Music
A Fourth of July Celebration
Clay County Courthouse Square and the county fairgrounds will include activities from 4 to 8 p.m. on the square and fireworks and a band concert at 8 p.m. at the fairgrounds. For information, call Renee at (785) 632-5674.
Rotary Freedom Festival
11am to 5pm @ Constitution Hall Topeka, 429 S Kansas
Celebrate the 160th Anniversary of the Topeka Legislature’s first meeting and dispersal by US Calvary. See and visit with reenactors, see and touch historical cannons and other related activities on South Kansas Avenue.
Hoyt Independence Day Celebration
Hoyt City Park
5pm – 10:30pm
Hoyt Fire Department Cookout serving Hamburgers and Hot Dogs 5-7 PM Free will donation. Hoyt United Methodist Church Homemade Ice Cream Social and Desserts 6 PM Free will donation. Fireworks at Dark by Hoyt Fire District #3 Donation requested at park entrance. Info HERE
15th Annual Evening of Patriotic Music
6pm @ Topeka High High School, front lawn
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy old fashioned ice cream with brown bread custard from G’s Custard while listening to the 18-note Topeka High Deagan Chimes. Free to the public. Sponsored by the Topeka High Historical Society.
Stars & Stripes Festival
College Hill, Topeka
Join us in Boswell Square Park at 13th & Boswell for a dessert potluck. It’s such a beautiful evening event to relax with your neighbors and community friends! We have desserts donated by giving College Hill neighbors, snow cones, popcorn and drinks. Listen to music. In the past we’ve had an amazing bluegrass band perform. Kids can also decorate their bikes, strollers, wagons or scooter for the parade on July 4th. You might even find neighbors playing Giant Jenga. An evening full of laughter and fun for the entire family!
Spirit of Kansas Festival
Lake Shawnee, Topeka
11am – 11pm
The Spirit of Kansas Festival is an old-fashioned 4th of July celebration held at Lake Shawnee. The celebration begins at 11am with food, arts and craft vendors, Blues Festival, and a water-ski show from 6:30-7:45pm followed by the magnificent fireworks display starting at 10pm. Info HERE.
College Hill Parade, Topeka
Every year at 9:30 am on July 4th, we gather at Boswell Square and parade around the neighborhood with the famous College Hill Band, floats, fire engines, and whatever else we can get our hands on! There’s no cost to participate and anyone is welcome to come join in the fun! Afterwards we gather at the park for some social time, awards, and cookies or ice cream. It truly is a wonderful way to start a day of celebration for the birth of our country!
Collins Park Parade, Topeka
Each July the Collins Park neighborhood has a “come-as-you-are” Independence Day parade typically held at 11 a.m. on July 4. This neighborhood parade attracts people from all over the city and children are invited to walk or ride a bike in the festivities. The Collins Park parade is believed to be the city’s longest continuous parade, running more than 40 years. The parade usually starts at SW 15th and Collins and goes around the park. A neighborhood garage sale is typically held in early summer.
Burton Street Parade
10:30am – 1pm SE Burton St., Topeka
Anything on wheels is welcome! Parade starts at 10:30, lead by a fire truck. Line up at 10:00 on Burton street to decorate. Activities and potluck lunch following until 1:00. Bring a side dish or dessert. Pulled pork sandwiches and hot dogs will be provided. If you don’t want to be in the parade be a spectator!! Additional information HERE.
145th Annual Wamego Independence Day Parade, 6:00pm, Downtown Lincoln Ave From 8th to 4th Streets.
Before the fireworks the 1st Infantry Division Band Concert: 7:30pm Wamego Rec Complex. Come for the pre-fireworks show.
Fireworks: 10:00pm, Wamego Rec Complex is the launch zone.
Bring a radio to listen to the sound track for the fireworks starting at 9:50pm.
From 4 to 11pm on July 4th foods and PixNinja have teamed up to bring you Kaw-Boom!
The public fireworks Display will be at approximately 9:45 p.m. on the river levee in north Lawrence. Shuttle rides will be available to Burcham park downtown.
4th of July Celebration at Fort Leavenworth
Merritt Lake, Leavenworth
Skyfire! Fireworks Display
East Crawford Recreation Area
841 Markley Road
The Free concert – The Soul Preachers – will play 7-9pm at the East Crawford Rec Area by ball diamond #3. The Flag lowering and taps by the American Legion Riders will be shortly after 9pm. Fireworks show will start at 10pm. Music will be aired over KSAL AM.
We are pretty excited about this year’s show. We have a new fireworks supplier that has more colors and longer lasting shells in his variety. Also we are trying to fit some special scenes into this year’s show. This new supplier manufactures most of the fireworks in the US. We are proud to say approximately 90% of this year’s show will be American made shells.
Atchison Lions Club community Fireworks
17862 274th Rd., Atchison, KS 66002
Monday, July 4th, 2016. Fireworks display begins after dusk. Warnock Lake, Atchison, Kansas. Fireworks will be shot from the north side of the dam.