Fourth of July

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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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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

Food For The Fourth

Jul 2, 2013
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There are many traditions associated with the Fourth of July: parades, fireworks and food. Just as America is a melting pot of its people, so are the picnics and barbeques we sit down to as we mark our nation’s birth.

Kansas City Bomb Squad Shows Fireworks' Power

Jul 2, 2013
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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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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.

Independence Day Goes Up In Smoke

Jul 2, 2012
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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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Salina, KS – Fireworks make the 4th of July a favorite holiday for many people. But as Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson explains, it's not so popular with pets.

Pets have sensitive hearing. And they don't understand what all the noise is about. Their instinct is to run. If that requires them to jump a fence, dig under it, or push a gate open, that's what they very well may try to do.