What to Do for Memorial Day 2016 in Kansas City

Frosty mornings are officially behind us and the sweltering summer heat hasn't quite grabbed hold, so Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy Kansas City. Here are a few options for escaping your cramped four walls while celebrating Memorial Day:

Make a Splash

New memories can be made with family and friends during your first water adventure of the summer. The beaches at Blue Springs Lake and Longview Lake open Memorial Day weekend and are just waiting for you to squish your toes in the sand. Enjoy the sun and surf at the beach, head out in a boat (permit required), or relax waiting for a nibble on your fishing line at either of these lakes.

If you're not a fan of sand in your bathing suit, most area public pools open for the season Memorial Day weekend, including two big waterparks, Oceans of Fun and Schlitterbahn.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

The 2015 World Series Champions are playing at home in Kauffman Stadium over Memorial Day weekend. Come out at watch the Royals play the Chicago Whitesox Friday night, May 27 during World War I Museum and Memorial night. Then stay to watch Summer Fireworks after the game. Come back to Kauffman Stadium Monday night, May 30 as the Royals play the Tampa Bay Rays and honor our men and women in service with Armed Forces Night. Both games start at 7:15 p.m., but you can always come early to enjoy a little Kansas City tailgating.

Celebration at the Station

The hill at Liberty Memorial overlooking Union Station is alive with patriotism and appreciation for our service members during Celebration at the Station on Saturday, May 29. It is quite possibly the best free Memorial Day celebration in the Midwest. Grounds open at 1:00 p.m. with food trucks open for business. The on stage entertainment begins soon after at 1:30 p.m., which leads up to an 8:00 p.m. concert by the Kansas City Symphony and choreographed fireworks. You will want to bring your picnic, chairs and blankets early to secure a spot on the lush green lawn to enjoy a day full of music. If this is your first time at the event, be prepared for some cannon fire. It is sudden and loud.

However you celebrate the holiday, remember the men and women who sacrificed to provide you with the freedom to enjoy the day. Memorial Day in Kansas City is a great time to remember the past and look to the future.

J. L. Miller visited Kansas City frequently before moving to the area permanently 20 years ago.