For 26 years, Overland Park and surrounding communities have been treated to the Star Spangled Spectacular, the largest 4th of July fireworks display in the Kansas City metro. Corporate Woods, the city of Overland Park, and the Overland Park Rotary Club have been collaborating for years to host the family-friendly event.
William Gladhart, a board member with the Overland Park Rotary, said the Club is proud to be part of this annual “can’t miss” event in Overland Park.
“It’s become a tradition for people who want to enjoy an evening of fun entertainment with their friends and family, which culminates with a fantastic fireworks display,” said Gladhart. “We love seeing our community come together and celebrate the 4th of July at our event.”
The Overland Park Rotary Club organizes all of the vendor events before the fireworks, which includes live music, entertainment for children, food trucks, and beverages. The free event wouldn’t be possible without the event’s generous donors and Club volunteers, and Gladhart said it’s also a way for the Rotary Club to give back to the community. In fact, their goal this year is to donate a percentage of the event’s proceeds to Sunflower House, a local children’s advocacy and child abuse prevention center.
Corporate Woods is pleased to provide the space and parking for the Star Spangled Spectacular event and we are grateful to the city of Overland Park for sponsoring the incredible fireworks show. We also appreciate the Overland Park Police and Fire/EMS for keeping everyone safe throughout the evening.
An event of this size requires the help of nearly 100 volunteers in a variety of roles, and Gladhart said it’s a fun way for people to be a part of a festive and enjoyable event.
“It’s an excellent chance to volunteer, meet new people and impact our community,” said Gladhart. “You can help out for a few hours and then spend the rest of the evening enjoying the event with your friends and family.”
Corporate Woods has hosted the event since its inception in 1991, and Gladhart said many factors set it apart from other locations across the city.
“Corporate Woods is the ideal venue because it’s centrally located, has easy access to major highways, and provides a gorgeous setting for the evening,” said Gladhart. “We are proud to partner with the office park once again to host an event that brings our entire community together.”
The Star Spangled Spectacular event begins at 5 PM on July 4th, and the fireworks show begins at 9:30 PM. If it rains, the fireworks show will be rescheduled to July 5th.
For full details including the schedule, volunteering opportunities, and frequently asked questions, please visit the Star Spangled Spectacular event website or follow the Star Spangled Spectacular page on Facebook.