7:50 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Fireworks Sales Generate Economic Returns For Some Metro Communities

Fireworks are a big business for metro communities that allow their sale and use.
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For municipalities that allow fireworks sales, July 4 is a way to rake in the revenue.

Let's start with the cost of doing business.

"The permit fee for a fireworks tent is $1,000," says Spring Hill, Kan., city administrator Jonathan Roberts.

Fireworks are banned in most of Johnson County. But in recent years, Spring Hill, De Soto and Edgerton have decided to allow fireworks within city limits.

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Up to Date
1:08 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Weekend To-Do List: July 4-6

Thousands enjoy the KC Riverfest fireworks show at Berkley Riverfront Park.
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Have a star-spangled weekend with this sizzling list of area entertainment from Brian McTavish!

Big Bang: Jackson County’s Fourth of July Celebration
5:30 p.m. (gates open) Friday; free admission
Longview Lake, Shelter #13

KC Riverfest: Music and Fireworks
4 p.m. (gates open) Friday; $5 admission after 5 p.m.
Berkley Riverfront Park

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12:26 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Your Guide To Fourth Of July Festivities In Kansas City

KC Riverfest fireworks light up the Missouri River next to the Christopher Bond Bridge to celebrate the Fourth of July.
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Whether you're rocking a Stars and Stripes jumpsuit or merely soaking in the patriotic atmosphere, Independence Day is a time for celebration.

But with so many displays, parades, and other festivities, it can be a little daunting to decide just how to celebrate.

That is why we've decided to plan out your itinerary for the entire day. Here are some of the best places in the metro area to make your Fourth of July a real humdinger:

Morning activities

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Cops & Crime
12:58 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Kansas City Bomb Squad Shows Fireworks' Power

Kansas City Police Bomb Squad detonates seized fireworks.
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Parts of Kansas City, within the city limits, have the look and feel of rural America. But there is still no license to do what seems natural on Independence Day.

Fireworks are as much a part of the Fourth of July as flag waving and patriotic music. Fireworks are illegal in many parts of the Kansas City region.  Kansas City, Missouri Police have the power to write citations and confiscate.  Even possession of fireworks is illegal in Kansas City.

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Central Standard
8:58 am
Mon July 1, 2013

11 Places To Watch Fireworks In The Kansas City Area

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From its inception, Americans have celebrated the Fourth of July with grand fireworks displays.

John Adams envisioned fireworks as part of the festivities before the Declaration of Independence was even signed, and the first commemorative Fourth of July featured a display that began and ended with 13 rockets.

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Cops & Crime
4:35 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Child's Fireworks Death Leaves Lesson Of Vulnerability

The death of a child from fireworks has slipped into recent history, yet it lives on among some who were there in Kansas City, Kansas.

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KC Currents
11:46 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Independence Day Goes Up In Smoke

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As a criminal defense attorney in Kansas City, John Humphrey wasn't used to being on the wrong side of the law. 

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