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KC RiverFest focuses on music, fireworks and safe, family fun

KC RiverFest, the big family-style Independence Day celebration hosted by the City of Kansas City, Mo., blasts off at Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park on Thursday, July 4, beginning at 4 p.m.

The festival will feature live, local music on two stages, food, cold drinks and ice cream, a giant kids' play area and a custom fireworks show by the 120-year-old Zambelli Fireworks company, one of the largest pyrotechnic firms in the world. KC RiverFest's entertainment lineup includes KOKOMO, 4 Fried Chickens and a Coke, Las Estrellas, Funk Syndicate, and finalist contestants from the local Pitch Music Showcase, including Antennas Up, David George Band, 77 Jefferson, Shades of Jade and more.

Admission to the festival is $5, and children younger than 12 get in free. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs, but no coolers, glass or outside food or beverages will be permitted.

There will be free admittance to the festival from 4 to 5 p.m. The National Airline History Museum will present a fly over from a vintage World War II-era PV-2 Harpoon aircraft at about 5:15 p.m., and Riverfest's fireworks extravaganza - set against a backdrop of the Mighty Missouri River and the downtown skyline - will get underway at dark (or around 10 p.m.).

KC Riverfest is presented by the City of Kansas City, Mo., and supported by the Kansas City Port Authority, the City’s Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, Friends of the River - Kansas City and Burns & McDonnell.

Details, including band performance schedules and directions to the park, are online at


City News Releases - 2013

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