You don't have to limit your Fourth of July celebration to the actual Fourth of July.
lets you celebrate the whole weekend. The annual festival at Richard L.
Berkley Riverfront Park (North Lydia Avenue and East Front Street) is
Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 11 p.m. Snag a corn dog
and an alligator-sausage sandwich before checking out the live bands and
fireworks. Admission is free between 1 and 3 p.m., and it's $8 after 3
If you couldn't get excited about last week's Urban Farms & Gardens
Tour, maybe some special effects will help. The Booms & Blooms
Festival comes to Powell Gardens (1609 Northwest Highway 50, in
Kingsville) on Saturday. Tour the Heartland Harvest Garden and
Jurassic Garden exhibit, snack on homemade ice cream, and then settle in
for the show. The Lee's Summit Symphony Orchestra is playing from 7:30
to 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks show slated for dusk. Tickets are $10 for
adults, $5 or children ages 5-12. For more information, visit
You've got two chances to cool down this weekend when
takes its Shasta teardrop trailer around town. Sample the latest
flavors tonight between 6:30 and 9 p.m. at Hammerpress
(110 Southwest Boulevard) and on Sunday from 12 to 7 p.m. at
the West Side garden at the corner of 17th and Summit.
Want to eat until it's your stomach pushing you away from the table but don't have skills at the grill? Em Chamas Brazilian Grill (6101 Northwest 63rd Terrace) has a special this weekend, an all-you-can-eat Rodizio Dinner with buffet bar for $19.99 per person. The Brazilian rotisserie is open from 5 to 10 p.m. tonight, 5 to 10 p.m. tomorrow, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Em Chamas will be closed on July 4.
And when it comes to recovering from the weekend, hoist a Smoky Bloody at the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange. The Crossroads restaurant's take on a bloody mary includes a joint of housemade beef jerky and blood mary mix (a combo of Famous Ray's barbecue sauce and Boulevard's Bully Porter).