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Celebrate July 4 in KC on Any Budget

Ready to celebrate the good ole USA? Maybe your family celebrates with backyard DIY traditions—or maybe you’re looking for someone else to plan the party! Here are just a few of the local options, ranging from totally free to an investment in fun.


Community Days Parade

Nothing says USA like a good old-fashioned parade. The Community Days Parade in Lenexa is an annual hometown tradition. Head to Old Town for the 10 a.m. parade and enjoy a free celebration of fun floats, candy and more. As an added bonus, it’s one of the longest Fourth of July parades in greater KC.

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Fourth at the Farm

If you have a little one who is afraid of fireworks and the volume of the holiday, this daytime event at Deanna Rose Farmstead is a great way to spend the day. Lawn games, a parade that welcomes all to participate, and a pig-calling contest will all show off your American pride!

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KC Riverfest

This is a huge event for families. Your ticket will get you access to live music, food and games, thrilling shows from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and an Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, and the most traditional piece of all: fireworks.

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Worlds of Fun Fourth of July Celebration

Why not make a day of it? Take the family to Worlds of Fun and enjoy all the regular attractions, plus food from Cotton Blossom BBQ and a big firework show.

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Royals Game

Is there anything more American than baseball in summer? Grab tickets to the Royals game against Cleveland and celebrate your most patriotic Fourth yet.

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However you celebrate, take some time to reflect on what you’re thankful for about being an American. Regardless of the trials and triumphs we’ve faced as a nation, our history is a rich one and that’s what we are celebrating—a better future every year.

Kat’s Money Corner is posted in the Kansas City Star every week. Kat Hnatyshyn, when not blogging or caring for her little ones, is a manager with CommunityAmerica Credit Union. For more financial chatter, follow us on Twitter @CommunityAmerCU.


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