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  2. Celebrate Independence Day in Jackson City Park

    Celebrate with your family and friends at the Parks and Recreation’s Annual Independence Day Celebration in Jackson City Park.  This day of family fun is open to the public and will take place on Saturday, July 4th, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.  Admission and parking are free.

    The event has been impacted with a number of activities canceled this year out of precaution due to COVID-19 and CDC guidelines.  Planned daytime events will include a car show cruise-in display and food vendors.  Evening activities will begin at 7:00 p.m. with musical performances at the band shell, and fireworks are scheduled at 9:30 p.m. to conclude the event. 

    Schedule of Events:

    Independence Day Virtual 5K

    Due to COVID-19 guidelines, the Independence Day 5K will be virtual this year.  Run (or walk) the actual race course or anywhere around Jackson between July 3 and July 7 and post your race time online.  Finisher dog tags for all participants.  Register online at https://www.active.com/jackson-mo/running/distance-running-races/southeast-health-independence-day-5k-virtual-only-2020

    Car Show Cruise-in Display

    9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Pristine cars and trucks of all makes, models, colors, and years will be on display throughout the day.  Sponsored by the Cape Capaha Antique Car Club, the

    annual car show attracts participants from across the region and is the mainstay of the celebration.  Over 150 cars from Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, and Arkansas are shown each year.  Located along Sycamore Ln., a divider will be constructed to direct spectators to walk on only one side and help prevent the forming of groups.  Vehicles will be spaced to allow social distancing.

    Food Stands

    Open at 9:00 a.m.

    Throughout the day, take time to visit all the food stands and vending booths located along Parkview St., as well as enjoy a leisurely stroll through the park.  Sink your teeth into some of the best local foods, including hot dogs, hamburgers, barbeque sandwiches, and much more.  Sodas, bottled water, lemonade, and sno-cones will also be available to purchase.  Cones and tape will be used to mark off six-foot distances as needed.  Vendors are required to wear face masks and provide hand sanitizing stations.

    Live Entertainment:  Shades of Soul

    7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

    Sponsored by the Jackson Municipal Band, the local music group Shades of Soul will kick off the evening with live entertainment at the Niclous Leist Memorial Band Shell on Symphony Dr.  For more information, check out the band’s Facebook page at http://www.shadesofsoulmusic.com/

    Live Entertainment:  Jackson Municipal Band

    8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

    The Jackson Municipal Band continues the musical entertainment performing a variety of classic patriotic favorites and a mix of great oldies at the Niclous Leist Memorial Band Shell on Symphony Dr.  For more information, check out the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jacksonmunicipalband/

    Fireworks Display

    Begins at 9:30 p.m.

    To cap off a perfect holiday evening, the crowd will be treated to a spectacular 30 minute fireworks show.  Spectators can bring chairs, blankets, and picnic foods.  The fireworks display is presented by the City of Jackson through its Independence Day Celebration Committee.

    Road Closures and Parking

    Free parking will be provided at the corner of N. Union Ave. and Parkview St. in the City Park and can be easily accessed from N. Union Ave. near the Pavilion No. 3.  Several areas in and around City Park will be closed to vehicular traffic, including Parkview St. between N. High St. and N. Union Ave.  Additionally, many areas will be posted as ‘no parking’ zones.  Vehicles parked in such zones could be towed at the owner’s expense.  Attendees are encouraged to respect surrounding neighborhoods and businesses by using public parking lots and spaces.  After the fireworks display, motorists are urged to be patient when exiting the area.  Police officers will be posted at all major intersections to aid in clearing the traffic.


    ABSOLUTELY NO DOGS, GLASS CONTAINERS, OR COOLERS ARE ALLOWED IN CITY PARK ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT.  Any person violating these ordinances will be asked to leave.

    We ask that guests honor social distancing when possible.  Social distancing reminder signs will be posted throughout the park.  Tape will be used on pavement surfaces to mark off six-foot distances as needed.  Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis throughout the day.

    The Annual Independence Day Celebration is presented by City of Jackson through its Parks and Recreation Department and the Independence Day Celebration Committee.

    Please also check out the full schedule of Jackson’s upcoming summer events by visiting www.jacksonmo.org.

    For more information, contact Parks & Recreation Director Shane Anderson at (573) 204-8848 or at swanderson@jacksonmo.org; or visit us online at jacksonmo.org or Facebook.com/JacksonMO.

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