Independence Celebrations

Annual celebration dates vary by community. Enjoy fireworks over the lake, or a rodeo with a dance and fireworks.

The 2023 schedule is below.

Saturday, July 1 – Opolis 4th of July Picnic

Starts 5:30 p.m. – Maggie Grebe Memorial Park – 300 W 2nd St, Opolis, KS

Saturday, July 1 – Girard’s 1st of July Celebration

Starts 6 p.m. – Crawford County Fairground – 249 E KS 47, Girard, KS

Wutke Watermelon Feed, food trucks, music plus fireworks show.

For more information contact the Girard Area Chamber of Commerce at 620-724-4715 or

Sunday, July 2 – Lake Blast Celebration

Starts 6 p.m. – Crawford State Park – 1 W Lake Rd, Farlington, KS

DJ Brown and the Bourbon County Revival is the featured band and plays from about 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Concessions available from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fireworks start at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Parking pass required by Crawford State Park.

For updates, follow Friends of Crawford State Park on Facebook.

Monday, July 3 – Chatters

Starts 5 p.m. – 2401 S Rouse, Pittsburg, KS

Chatters will grill burgers from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (full kitchen ends at 9 p.m.). Firework display will be at approximately 9:15 p.m.

Also, this year, a fundraiser for the PSU Baseball team will be held in the neighborhood. At 6 p.m. the Joplin Outlaws baseball team will host a special “home” game against Nevada at the Gene Bicknell Sports Complex on the Pittsburg State campus. 100% of the concessions will go towards PSU Baseball.

Monday, July 3 – Mulberry Independence Celebration

Starts 6 p.m. – Mulberry Ball Park – North Military Ave., Mulberry, KS

Monday, July 3 & Tuesday, July 4 – Hepler Ruritan Club Rodeo & Celebration

Hepler Ruritan Arena – 200 W Arlington St, Hepler, KS

Monday starts at 7 p.m. – 7 p.m. Mutton Bustin; 8 p.m. URA, MRCA and Open Rodeo; 10 p.m. Dance featuring live band, Barnstormers

Tuesday starts at 11 a.m. – 11 a.m. Parade; 12 p.m. Cake Walk & Auction; 12:30 p.m. Kids Games; 1:30 p.m. Hillbilly Games; 7 p.m. Mutton Bustin; 8 p.m. URA, MRCA and Open Rodeo; and, Fireworks to follow

Admission: $10 adults; and, $5 kids.

Tuesday, July 4 – Pittsburg’s 4th of July Festival

Starts 8 a.m. – Lincoln Park – 813 Memorial Drive, Pittsburg, KS

Activities include live performances, music, kid-friendly activities, amusement park rides, food vendors, Pickleball Open Tournament, and the fireworks grand finale.

For additional details and updates, follow Pittsburg Parks & Recreation on Facebook.

Tuesday, July 4 – Cherokee’s 4th of July Celebration

Starts 5:30 p.m. – American Legion Post #35 – 109 S Vine St, Cherokee, KS

Food, games plus bounce houses, live music by The Ridge Runerzz Band from 6p-9p. Fireworks at dusk.

For additional information or to donate, contact Cherokee’s American Legion Post #35 at 620-457-8581, or the Cherokee Ruritan Club on Facebook:

Saturday, July 8 – McCune’s 8th of July Bash

Football field, McCune, KS

A new event to 2023, this event includes an auto show, water activities, touch the truck, Apple Pie contest, and fireworks at approximately 9:30p.

For additional information or to donate, call McCune City Hall at 620-632-4299.