April 21, 2021 Update
Unfortunately, we will not be presenting Bank of America Celebration at the Station this year on Memorial Day Weekend.
“Bank of America Celebration at the Station is an event we all love, a heartfelt celebration of our veterans and active duty military,” commented Kansas City Symphony Executive Director Danny Beckley. “The consensus of health professionals is clear that keeping people properly distanced is vitally important to containing the spread of COVID-19. Even with more and more people being vaccinated, it’s just not the time to hold an event that attracts 50,000 people. We believe next year will be a much safer time for large, public events.”
“It’s important for all of us to do our part in following health and safety guidelines,” said Matt Linski, President of Bank of America Kansas City. “We look forward to the time it will be possible to gather safely with our valued partners and community members to continue the longstanding tradition of honoring our nation’s military at Bank of America Celebration at the Station.”
Matthew Naylor, President and CEO of the National WWI Museum and Memorial remarked, “Each year, Bank of America Celebration at the Station represents the unofficial start of summer and a chance to gather to recognize those who sacrificed their lives while serving their country. It is an iconic Kansas City event, made memorable each year by fireworks over the Memorial, but we understand and support the decision to postpone for another year. We look forward to welcoming people back to Kansas City’s front porch to enjoy Bank of America Celebration at the Station in 2022.”
George Guastello, Union Station’s President and CEO adds, “Bank of America Celebration at the Station is iconic and one of the most anticipated summer kick-off gatherings in Kansas City. In this unprecedented time of social distancing, it’s prudent to postpone the Celebration in favor of guest safety. That said, we can’t wait for the return of this annual event, with Union Station as the backdrop and the Kansas City Symphony filling our grand outdoor spaces with patriotic music and performances. In the meantime, we’ll continue in multiple ways the tradition of saluting our nation’s military and veterans and honoring their service and sacrifice. And, of course, we’ll be proud to have Union Station, Kansas City’s Visual Voice, keep alive the spirit of what Celebration at the Station embodies. It’s our shared history, and we will return to it in person soon enough. What a grand community reunion that will be.”