Events

The 9th annual Parade of Heroes is scheduled July 7 in the Village West area of Kansas City, Kan.

The annual parade recognizes men and women who serve or have served the nation through their military service.

Sponsored by the Village West Rotary Club, the parade will begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, near Village West Parkway, ending at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

Vintage cars and trucks, first responder units, best in show awards and new float contests are featured in the parade.

The parade marshals this year include Clausie Smith, former mayor of Bonner Springs; and Paige Wymore Wynn and Deryl Wynn, co-chairs of a capital campaign to build a new emergency shelter for kids in crisis in Wyandotte County.

Proceeds raised by the event will benefit Robert’s Place, a PACES emergency shelter for children in crisis. The shelter serves kids removed from their homes because of suspected abuse. It also provides respite for PACES consumers who are facing emotional or behavioral challenges and whose families need a temporary break to help avoid out-of-home placement of the kids. Kids stay at the shelter up to 72 hours.

PACES is the safety net mental health agencies serving children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral health needs, and their families.

Those who are interested in being a parade sponsor or having a parade float may call 913-634-6019 or email wcash@kc.rr.com. More information is at www.paradeofheroeskc.org.

A fireworks display from May 24 after the T-Bones game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan. There will be fireworks displays after the T-Bones games July 3 and 4 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. (File photo by Steve Rupert)
A fireworks display from May 24 after the T-Bones game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan. There will be fireworks displays after the T-Bones games July 3 and 4 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. (File photo by Steve Rupert)

Here are three fireworks displays in Kansas City, Kan., that we have heard about:

• The T-Bones have fireworks displays after the home games, which start at 7:05 p.m. July 3 and July 4 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan. For ticket information see www.tbonesbaseball.com.

• The Boulevard Drive-In Theatre, 1051 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, Kan., will have a fireworks display on July 4 before movies are shown. The fireworks display is expected to be around 9:10 p.m. The movies will start afterward. Movies to be shown include “Inside Out” and “Jurassic World.” Admission is $10 for adults and free for children accompanied by adults. Gates open at 7 p.m. For more information, see http://boulevarddrivein.com/wordpress/.

• Lakeside Speedway, 5615 Wolcott Drive, Kansas City, Kan., plans a fireworks display on Friday, July 3. Tickets to the races are $12 for adults, $6 for children 7-12, and free for children ages 6 and younger when accompanied by an adult. Gates open at 5 p.m. Racing begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, see http://lakesidespeedway.net/schedule/.

There will not be a fireworks display this year in Pierson Park in the Turner area because a company that formerly did the display is no longer doing them, according to UG sources. The event formerly was sponsored by the Turner Recreation Commission and the Unified Government.

Turn 2 Sports Bar and Restaurant at Hollywood Casino is the place to be this Wednesday night. Fans can watch and cheer on the Kansas City Royals against the Astros. There will be Kansas Lottery giveaways.

The special “Forever Royal” event, sponsored by the Kansas Lottery in partnership with the Royals and Hollywood Casino, will feature appearances by former Royals player Willie Wilson, and Sluggerrr, the official mascot of the Kansas City Royals.

The event is from 4 to 8 p.m. July 1 at the Turn 2 Sports Bar and Restaurant at Hollywood Casino at the Kansas Speedway.

Guests must be 21 or older to participate in the July 1 event at Hollywood Casino.

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