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Michael Stern, conductor
Capathia Jenkins, special guest vocalist
Jim Birdsall, host, United States Army veteran
Staff Sergeant Paula Hunt, vocalist, United States Air Force
Airman First Class Andrew Szymanek, trumpet, United States Air Force
H.C. Palmer, poet, United States Army, Vietnam veteran
Brass players from the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America
The Honorable Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, United States Marine Corps veteran
Major General (Retired) Greg Gardner, United States Army and Air National Guard
Commander Travis Dvorak, executive officer of the USS Kansas City, United States Navy
Colonel Mark A. Riselli, Commander, 509th Maintenance Group, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base
Colonel Marne L. Sutten, United States Army, Garrison Fort Leavenworth

Color Guard Units
United States Army Color Guard from Munson Army Health Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
The United States Marine Corps Recruiting Station of Kansas City
The Navy Operation Support Center, Kansas City Honors Guard
Air Force Base Honor Guard from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri
The United States Coast Guard Pay and Personnel Center Color Guard in Topeka, Kansas





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

View our complete list of sponsors here.

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
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)

View the full schedule of activities and pre-concert acts here.

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

View the program here.

Join us in the "Sing Along, America," find the lyrics here.

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
Bop N’ Bowl
Black Belt BBQ
La Hamburguesa Loca
Newt’s Unique Kitchen


Watch Bank of America Celebration at the Station

KCPT Broadcast Schedule of the 2019 Bank of America Celebration at the Station
Sunday, May 26th, 2019 @ 8pm (LIVE)
Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 8:30pm
Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 @ 12am
Thursday, July 4th, 2019 @ 8:30pm


Listen Live to Bank of America Celebration at the Station

Listen Live to Bank of America Celebration at the Station

Listen Live on 90.9 The Bridge at 8 p.m.
3 p.m. Broadcasting live from Union Station
8 p.m. Live Broadcast of the Kansas City Symphony performance