In early June, the City offers the Slavic Festival commemorating the ethnic heritage brought from Eastern Europe. On Friday night there is music, dancing and authentic Slavic cuisine. On Saturday, there is more food, more dancing and more music lasting until 10:00 PM.
On July Fourth the City celebrates the birth of our Nation with an annual parade that lasts for over an hour. The parade is led by Fire, Police and the Grand Marshall followed by Military Units from all branches of the service. During election years, the politicians seeking election or reelection are next, followed by horse units, dance units, family units, business units and the Shriners. Don't miss the Shriners with every entry imaginable from clown cars to Indy cars to several different styles of bands and historic, restored cars. Come back at night to Kaw Field for the Fireworks Show where 500 aerial explosions light up the night sky. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and listen to the patriotic music play as the fireworks explode overhead.
In the Fall, around Halloween, we celebrate Fall Fest with booths and activities for kids of all ages.
When December rolls around, it is time to throw the switch which lights the Mayor's Christmas Tree. Before, during and after, there is plenty of hot chocolate, hot dogs and sleigh rides to go around.
A new addition to the list is the KCBBQ Sanctioned BBQ Contest affectionately known as "Smokin' In The Creek". Over 45 contestants enter each year with the top two winners earning spots at the American Royal BBQ Contest in the Fall.
When you are not eating or dancing, please relax in one of our six parks scattered all around the City.