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Celebrate Independenc in Independence

Independence, MO
June 07, 2013

Where’s a better place to spend Independence Day than in Independence, Missouri? Don’t miss the day- long celebration, which begins with the 11th annual Fourth of July children’s parade.  Let your kids join the “Let Freedom Ring” parade. Bring decorated bikes, wagons or scooters and bells to ring and gather at the parking lot of 23rd street and Main at 9:30 a.m. to line up for the parade.  Walkers are also welcome.  Families can stroll, ride or scoot north on Main street to the strains of patriotic music. The parade will end at about 11 a.m. on the Square with special treats for the kids. .

After the parade, your children might have a little more appreciation for the pioneers who walked many hundreds of miles and how they commemorated the Fourth of July. A guided gallery tour at 2:00 p.m. by staff at the National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific, will explain how families observed the holiday while traveling west to Oregon.

Tour one of the many historic sites during the day and grab something to eat at one of the quaint eateries on the Square. Choose from attractions such as the Chicago & Alton Depot, 318 W. Pacific, Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W. Pacific, Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Truman Home, 219 N. Delaware (buy tickets at the Truman Visitor Center, 223 N. Main), 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home Museum, 217 N. Main, Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty or Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U. S. 24 Highway.

That evening, the City of Independence and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will partner to present an exciting free Fourth of July concert at the Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut. The two hour concert spotlights the award winning dancers of American Rhythm, on their Midwestern tour, which also includes performances in Branson. The folk dance ensemble for youth features American clogging, a cross-pollination of various early European immigrant, Native American and African Slave percussive dance forms, with roots primarily in the southern Appalachian Mountain region. This entertaining dance genre also includes elements of tap, French Canadian, Irish step-dancing, jazz and hip hop.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the family friendly concert begins at 7:00 p.m.

When the American Rhythm concert is over, the audience is invited to walk across the street to the Mormon Visitors Center, 437 W. Walnut. Families can enjoy the patriotic strains of the Spirit of Independence Concert Band before spreading out on the lawn for the traditional big fireworks show. The live music will begin at 8:15 and fireworks at about 9:30 p.m. For more information, call the Mormon Visitors Center at 816-836-3466. All entertainment and fireworks are free of charge.

For information on attractive and affordable lodging, attractions, dining, shopping and more, or to view the interactive Visitors’ Guide online, go to