Seasonal Events

2017 Events:

Tree Lighting Ceremony 
Every year, Independence families and their friends come together at the Tree Lighting Ceremony to share the spirit of a community holiday celebration. All are welcome to sing Christmas carols, roast marshmallows and warm up with hot cocoa. Santa's special arrival assists the city to shine their lights. A non-perishable food item or donation is appreciated for the Salvation Army.

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at 5:30 pm at Independence Town Square

photoHoliday Fest
The Civic Center becomes a special place for Independence families and their friends to enjoy performances by local organizations, vendors with unique gifts for purchase, pictures with Santa, City sponsored kids' crafts, and delicious food. A canned food or donation is appreciated for the Yuletide Hunger Program.

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 from Noon - 4 pm at the Civic Center

Remembrance Day 

A day to commemorate and celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed away. It is a non-denominational service to include music, readings, and the name of your loved one to be read aloud as you place a remembrance ornament on the tree.

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 from 6 - 8 pm at the Civic Center

2018 Events

 Memorial Day Services & Parade

Join your friends and neighbors for services to honor those of the Armed Forces followed by a parade and music provided by the Independence High School Marching Band.

 Monday, May 28th, 2018 from 9-11 am

Summer Band Concert Series photo
Enjoy a leisurely summer evening and listen to some good music on Thursdays at the Bandstand next to Town Hall. Refreshments are available by various non-profit city organizations. Canned food donations are appreciated. Music starts at 7 pm

Concerts at the Town Square Bandstand (Rain Location: Kiwanis Pavilion or Civic Center - call 216-524-7373 to confirm)
- Thursday, June 7th, 2018: TBD
- Thursday, June 14th, 2018: TBD
- Thursday, June 21st, 2018: Community Band, Director: Ken Gunlicks
- Thursday, June 28th, 2018: Community Band, Director: Ken Gunlicks
- Thursday, July 5th, 2018: TBD
- Thursday, July 12th, 2018: TBD
- Thursday, July 19th, 2018: TBD
- Thursday, July 26th, 2018: TBD

Independence Day Celebration 
Join friends, neighbors, and family to view the spectacular Fireworks display at Elmwood Park. There will be food and beverage booths as well as games to enjoy!

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at Dark (Rain Date: Thursday, July 5th, 2018) 

Home Days & Parade photo
An annual event for the City of Independence to share in the celebration of our community. There are many wonderful activities starting with the parade, carnival rides, games, contests, live entertainment, and dancing. A tasty variety of food & drinks are provided by city organizations. All events held at Town Square

-Friday, August 3rd, 2018, 6-11 pm
-Saturday, August 4th, 2018, Noon-11 pm

-Parade begins at Noon on Saturday, August 4th!

Fall Fest & Clambake
Independence families and their friends are invited to Elmwood Park to enjoy fun and festive activities with entertainment & dancing, City-sponsored crafts for the kids, Fun House, a hay ride, and much more! A variety of food & drinks provided by City organizations and a clambake (must be pre-ordered) will be available. A per person donation of a non-perishable food item for an area food bank is appreciated.

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 from 12 - 4 pm

Veterans Day Celebration
The mayor extends a special invitation to our residents that are Veterans or serving in the Armed Forces to join us for a special program honoring them.

Thursday, November 8th, 2018 from Noon - 3 pm at the Civic Center

For More Information Contact the Community Services Department at 216-524-7373.

If you have the interest to lend a helping hand or need to fulfill community service hours view Volunteer Opportunities.

More details about these events can be viewed in the Community Spotlight.