Plenty of options in Platte County for July 4 festivities

Summer officially began last week, and despite some unseasonably cool weather, citizens in Platte County are preparing for upcoming holiday celebrations. 

The City of Platte City will again hold its annual fireworks display Tuesday, July 4 at Platte Ridge Park, just north of town. The event moved there last year with Pirate Stadium at Platte County High School under construction, and Platte City Parks and Recreation said positive feedback along with increased safety makes Platte Ridge the ideal spot to continue hosting the festivities.

The fireworks will begin at about 9 p.m. with a shuttle bus running from Harrel Ferrell park’s parking lot in Platte City starting at 8 p.m. Popsicles will be distributed at Platte Ridge Park free of charge, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

For more information, contact the Platte County Parks and Recreation Department at (816) 585-5627.

The City of Parkville’s celebration starts Thursday, June 29 and continues throughout the weekend and up to the July 4 holiday. A carnival will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 29 and Friday, June 30 with hours from noon to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The carnival will again be 6 to 10 p.m. on Monday, July 3.

On Tuesday, July 4, the Parkville American Legion will host a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a charge of $7 per person. A community parade will run downtown from 10 a.m. to noon with the carnival starting again at 11 a.m. and running until 10 p.m.

The Falcon SkyDiving team will kick off the evening celebrations with an exhibition at 8:45 p.m. in Platte Landing Park with the fireworks slated to follow at about 9:30 p.m.

The Parkville Symphonic Band will also be playing that night at 7:30 p.m. inside the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the campus of nearby Park University.

The City of Weston will again host its holiday parade downtown starting at 10:30 a.m. on July 4. The lineup will feature classic cars, tractors and emergency vehicles, and Main Street will be closed to traffic and parking.

Following the parade, a community lunch will be served in the city park. Lunches will be available for purchase or guests can bring their own picnic. There will be games for kids, a DJ and military recognition. 

The City of Lake Waukomis will be hosting its 55th annual Portrait of an American Small Town celebration from Friday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 4. Activities will be held in the park with flags, pennants and streamers leading the way from the park entrances. 

A pancake breakfast, flag raising, swimming events, ball games, art competitions, concerts and games for all ages are just some of the activities families will be able to participate in. At dusk on Tuesday, July 4, boats will float to the middle of the lake and a fireworks show will commence with music playing along with the display.