The celebration is free to the public. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. at Longview Lake Shelter No. 13, 11101 Raytown Road, Kansas City. A Salute to the Military will feature a special video with local World War II-era veterans reflecting on their experiences with County Executive Mike Sanders.
Before the fireworks, tentatively scheduled for 9:40 p.m., attendees can enjoy a concert by the rising country band “Backroad Anthem,” from Fayetteville, Ark. Keep an eye on the sky as the Skydive Kansas City Exhibition Team parachutes onto the beach. Carnival games, as well as food and beverage vendors will be spread out on the event grounds.
Jackson County will also be collecting items to support homeless veterans as part of an ongoing Stand Down donation drive. Items needed include tubes of toothpaste, deodorant and shaving cream.
The fireworks finale, choreographed to patriot music, will be simulcast live on 94.9 KCMO.