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Michael Stern, conductor
Capathia Jenkins, special guest

Jim Birdsall, host
Staff Sergeant Paula Hunt, vocals
Airman First Class Andrew Szymanek, trumpet
Brass players from the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America, Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble



The Kansas City Symphony’s 17th annual patriotic concert event is the largest FREE Memorial Day weekend festival in the Midwest! From a moving Symphony concert to the city’s grandest fireworks display, nothing celebrates our military and veterans quite like Bank of America Celebration at the Station. Make it an all-day family affair with pre-concert musical acts, food trucks, Bayer Family Zone, the Honeywell Veterans Place with services for veterans, plus activities inside Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. 

At dusk, Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern leads a spectacular patriotic concert, including Tchaikovsky’s famous “1812 Overture” with live cannons and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” as a prelude to KC’s biggest fireworks display. The concert program honors veterans from all generations and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Hear special guest vocalist Capathia Jenkins join the Symphony in “America the Beautiful,” “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess and more. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome. Grounds open at 3 p.m.



Official Sponsors BOA CATS

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3:00 PM            Site Opens to Public
3:00 PM            Under the Big Oak Tree performance
4:00 PM            A La Mode performance
5:00 PM            USAF Band of Mid-America, Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble performance
8:00 PM            Kansas City Symphony concert begins
9:40 PM            Fireworks

Jamie and Bush Helzberg Instrument Petting Zoo
Activities Tent
Sister Act Face Painting
Drum Safari Drumming Circle
Chiefs Rumble Drum Line
Science City
Mid-Continent Public Library Reading Rocket

Heart of America Patriot Foundation
Veterans Community Project with Tiny House Model
V.A. Mobile Vet Unit
Bank of America Financial Health Booth
St. Michael’s Veterans Center
Kansas City Association of the United States Army (KCAUSA)
American Fallen Warriors Memorial Foundation
Remembering Our Fallen (Inside Union Station)

2019 Full Schedule coming soon

Read about our special guests and pre-concert entertainment here.

8 p.m. concert program coming soon

Check this map for available parking areas.  Main Street will be closed between 20th Street and Pershing during the event. Park along Main, north of 20th street and ride the streetcar right into the action! The streetcar will be running all evening with extended hours and is a great option to avoid traffic troubles. Ride the streetcar back to your vehicle any time until midnight. For parking available on or near streetcar line, view map.

Check out all of the amazing food trucks that will be at this year's event:
Cajun Cabin
Kona Ice
K&C Concessions
Jerusalem Café
KC Smoke Burgers
Brancato's (Beverages)
Humdinger Food Truck
KC Fooditude
Taste of Brazil
KC Poppers
Bob N’ Bowl
Black Belt BBQ
La Hamburguesa Loca
Newt’s Unique Kitchen