As a special day of remembrance for our nation, Memorial Day honors the brave men and women who died during their service to our country. Parades and celebrations are held during the Memorial weekend to commemorate the holiday where families gather with American flags to honor all our nation represents. Memorial Day also marks the beginning of the summer season with all kinds of summertime activities. If you’re looking for things to do in Kansas City for Memorial Day check out the following list of to help you enjoy the weekend.:
- Memorial Day Parade
A parade is a longstanding traditional way to celebrate Memorial Day. Head downtown for the annual Memorial Day parade to honor those brave men and women in the armed forces.
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Located in Junction City just outside of Kansas City is the Kansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Constructed in 1987, the memorial 13 feet tall and 46 feet wide. If you want to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers from the Vietnam War, this memorial provides a peaceful place to do so.
- WWI Museum
The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial was designated an official World War I museum by Congress in 2004. The museum features artifacts collected over time since 1920.
- Kansas City Zoo
Open daily at 9:30am, the Kansas City Zoo offers many exciting attractions and exhibits. You can learn how to live “green” at the Green Revolution exhibit, a hands-on exhibit that demonstrates how to live eco-friendly.
- Kansas City Royals Game
If you enjoy watching major league baseball, one of the best things to do in Kansas City is seeing the Kansas City Royals play at Kaufman Stadium. You can easily access the stadium from Highway 70 in the downtown area. Get tickets from the team website.
- Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Located about 20 miles west of Kansas City in Overland Park you’ll find the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. If you appreciate nature and the preservation of the environment this place is a must see on your list of things to do in Kansas City. Admission is free. Check out the website for hours of operation and holiday hours.
- Visit a Museum
You’ll find a variety of museums from three fantastic art museums in the metro area, the National Word War Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. You can learn all about the local history at the Kansas City Museum, located on top a bluff overlooking the Missouri River Valley.
- Amusement Parks
A summertime visit with the family to Kansas City would not be complete without a stop at the Oceans of Fun and Worlds of Fun amusement park. There are family rides, a kids play area and live music to entertain you.
- Union Station
Built in 1914, Union Station in Kansas City spans 850,000 square feet. Originally, a working train station, the building now houses a variety of unique shops, restaurants and an archive of permanent collections outlining the history of the station. Stop in and check it all out including special exhibits like Titanic – The Artifact Exhibition and Science City.
- Country Club Plaza
If you plan to stay in the heart of the downtown area while you visit Kansas City, don’t miss out on the array of shops and dining at Country Club Plaza. You’ll be delighted with the various merchant events including giveaways, deals and special classes like Williams Sonoma Intro into Gardening in April.