Celebrate Fourth of July In and Around Manhattan


Make your plans to celebrate Fourth of July in the Manhattan area! While Manhattan itself does not host a community fireworks display, there are plenty of ways to celebrate all week long in the area!

Celebrate Freedom in Wamego (June 28-July4)

Celebrate America’s birthday in Wamego all week long with a carnival every evening all culminating in the big event — the best July 4 fireworks around! July 4 activites include a antique tractor show, food court, Boomtown viewing (behind the scenes of a fireworks show), parade at 6 p.m. and free concert. The fireworks show begins at 10 p.m. and turn on the soundtrack by tuning in to B104.7.

Mom Tip: Arrive for the parade or shortly after to ensure a good seat for the fireworks. Everything fills up quickly and early!

Freedom Fest in Junction City (July 3-7)

Freedom Fest has something for everyone, all week long including a city carnival, freedom run, children’s parade, fireworks show, veteran’s ceremony and more. Check out the full schedule here.

Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. on July 4, when the last band ends. View from Heritage Park and surrounding areas.

Fireworks Show in Randolph

Randolph holds a week long celebration that includes an ice cream social, fish fry, softball tournament, turtle races, bicycle parade, tractor pull, barbecue in the park and fireworks show. Check back for the 2024 schedule of events.

Fireworks Safety in Manhattan

Manhattan does not offer a traditional fireworks but you can use permitted fireworks July 1-4 from 8 a.m. to midnight. Bottle rockets are not permitted and fireworks cannot be discharged on public streets. Get safety tips and city rules.

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Sarah is owner of Manhattan Moms and is passionate about encouraging and connecting moms - we weren't meant to do this alone! She grew up in Manhattan graduated from Manhattan High and K-State, worked for newspapers and for several marketing departments, and eventually got her master's in public administration. Sarah and her husband, Shea, have four kids - Henry (12), Clark (9), Lucy (7) and Caroline (1). She enjoys reading historical fiction, beating her kids at board games and traveling as often as possible.


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