Get ready to celebrate with Clay as Independence Day swiftly approaches!

There’s tons of red, white, and blue fun to be had throughout Clay. See where you can celebrate this year in our 2017 list of July 4th Fireworks and Festivals in Clay County.

  1. Liberty 4th Fest (July 3rd):

    Head to the Fountain Bluffs Sports Complex on Monday, July 3rd, for early Independence Day celebrations! From 5:30 to 8:30 you can enjoy free family fun activities. Enjoy inflatables, face painting, caricatures, and more! You can also try your hand at fishing in the park’s stocked ponds — fishing is completely free and includes poles and bait! A beer garden and food trucks will be available from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. From 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm live music will be performed by American Floyd, a Pink Floyd cover band. The fireworks display will begin at 10:00 pm!

    More Info on Liberty’s 4th Fest

  2. Gladstone Independence Day Celebration (July 4th from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm):

    Gladstone’s annual Independence Day Celebration will be held at Oak Grove Park. Enjoy live music performed by the Tony Gates Ensemble, followed by a concert by the North Star Community Band. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks and enjoy this exciting event with family and friends! The fireworks display will begin at dusk.

    More Info on Gladstone’s Independence Day Celebration

  3. Celebration America at Worlds of Fun (July 1st-4th)

    Celebrate Independence Day with rides, slides, and coasters with Worlds of Fun’s four day celebration. The theme park will put on a fireworks display at 10:00 pm every night, Saturday through Sunday!

    More Info on Worlds of Fun’s Celebration America

  4. Smithville Lake Fireworks (July 4th at 9:00 pm)

    Enjoy a 4th of July fireworks display over scenic Smithville Lake! The fireworks will be set off at the north end of Smithville Lake Dam. You can enjoy the show from the marina, by boat, or at Smith’s Fork Park. The fireworks display will begin right after dusk.

  5. Kearney Fireworks featuring Switch (July 8th from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm)

    This Independence Day celebration has been rescheduled from July 3rd, and you give you the perfect chance for extra patriotic fun! This event, located at the Kearney Amphitheatre, is full of summer fun! Enjoy a live concert by Switch, a Kansas City rock bank, starting at 7:30 pm. More summer fun, including free inflatable attractions for kids, will be available. The fireworks display will begin at 9:30 pm.

    More Info on Kearney’s Fireworks Celebration

We hope everyone has safe and fun celebrations this 4th of July. Share your Clay celebrations with us by tagging your photos #ClayMOments!

Come Out and Play at “Make Music-Liberty” on June 21, 2017!

Save this date! Make Music Day is June 21, so tune your instruments and get ready to make a joyful noise with us!

You’re invited to take part in the festivities to help show off our local talent and join the public celebration. The event is open to all ages, all genres of music, and all levels of musical ability, so whether you’re in a band, a solo artist, a child, a senior, a saxophonist or a drummer, there’s a spot for you to perform!

Make Music-Liberty invites musicians and host locations such as restaurants or bars to register to participate in the one day event Venues and performers can search for and select each other during the registration and “matching” process.

Originating in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, Make Music Day is now an international event. On June 21, Liberty will join more than 800 cities worldwide, including 33 U.S. cities, as we mark the beginning of summer with Make Music-Liberty, a citywide festival of music. Throughout the day, you may hear music being performed on a sidewalk, a residential porch, in a parking lot, in one of Liberty’s city parks, at a public place of business, or wherever people feel like playing or listening, as the city comes together in a celebration of music and community.

Make Music-Liberty is sponsored and coordinated by the Liberty Arts Commission to encourage and support interest in the musical arts.

For more information about the event, go to or e-mail