Independence Day in Kansas City is jam-packed with exciting events sure to make your holiday sparkle! From spectacular firework shows to exciting concerts, there is a way everyone can celebrate their American spirit! I’ve put together a few of my favorite ways to let freedom ring this year: KC Riverfest: This is the premiere Independence Day celebration in our city. From KC’s tastiest food trucks to multiple music stages, this is a party you don’t want to miss. Entertainment will start around 4:00 p.m., so be sure to bring your own lawn chairs or blankets to settle down with! Located along the beautiful Missouri Riverfront, this event exceeds my expectations every year. Close out this fun-filled day with the largest fireworks show in the Midwest! Your night is sure to end with a bang! Fireworks & Salute To The Union: For my friends that live more on the Kansas side, the Salute at the Union is the event for you! Live entertainment starts at 4:00 p.m. and the fun just continues from there. Located by Merritt Lake, this free event is fun for the whole family! Fireworks will go off at dusk, giving you the perfect ending to a patriotic day. Legacy Blast Fireworks Extravaganza: Start your patriotic party a day early in Lee’s Summit! On July 3rd starting at 6:00 p.m.. Food vendors, local entertainers and inflatables will fill Legacy Park! This is the perfect family-friendly event to celebrate the holiday. Bring blankets to cozy up under the stars and enjoy the firework display choreographed to music! Star Spangled Spectacular: Thousands of spectators flock to this event in Overland Park each year. Held at the Corporate Woods, this event is packed with live music, food, and fireworks! Proceeds from sales on-site go to benefit local charities while saluting our nation’s veterans. Summer Fireworks at Kauffman Stadium: While our boys in blue are away on July Fourth, Kauffman Stadium will be gearing up for their next spectacular Summer Fireworks show on Friday, July 14th! Maybe you’ll be out of town or preoccupied on the actual holiday, so celebrating July Fourth on the 14th is the perfect way to continue celebrating the land of the free! And as if this night couldn’t get better, it’s also Buck Night during the game! $1 hot dogs and peanuts paired with a night of fireworks… sounds like the perfect night to me! How are you planning on celebrating the Fourth of July in KC? Let me know about it in the comments below!
Did you know that the Chevy Malibu is manufactured locally, right here in Kansas City? That’s just one of the many reasons why I love this vehicle! If you’re looking for a stylish, affordable, midsize sedan, then the Chevy Malibu is for you! Read on to hear my musings on why I think this car is one of the best sedans on the market! The numerous awards the Malibu has won builds an impressive resume for this sedan. It is the 2017 winner of the best midsize car for families and is ranked as #1 in midsized cars by Car and Driver, awarded best buy for a midsized car by Consumer Guide Automotive, and more! Let’s unpack the details of this award-winning vehicle, though. (As if this wasn’t already enough to woo you.) To put it simply, the Malibu is safe and reliable. It gets a whopping five-star overall NHTSA safety rating along with a five-star rating in frontal and side crash tests! Its safety features that help contribute to these astounding ratings include forward collision alert, rearview camera, front and rear park assist, blind spot monitoring, front automatic braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, pedestrian detection, and more! If you have a teen driver in the family, you can also take advantage of Chevy’s available Teen Driver system that lets you set speed limits and radio volume in the vehicle. When it comes to reliability, the Malibu also earned high reliability ratings among midsize cars from J.D. Power: 4.5 out of five stars–which is way more than what the Malibu’s rivals can speak for! The 2017 Chevy Malibu is offered in four trim options: L, LS, LT, and Premier. Overall, this vehicle boasts a quiet, comfortable ride in whatever trim you choose. You’ll experience a smooth drive, even when you hit some occasional rough patches. The Malibu simply holds its composure well through different terrains. One of my favorite things about the Malibu is that you can customize it to your liking. If you go just one trim level up from the base model, there are many available packages and a la carte items for you to choose from, so your vehicle can be equipped just to your liking! If you are currently shopping for a sedan, the Chevrolet Malibu should be on your consideration list. Don’t just take my word for it, though. Go out and give the Malibu a test drive and I guarantee you’ll want to drive away in it!
The Nissan Rogue pulls you in with its enticing price tag, but the perks of this striking SUV continue to surpass expectations! When I hear “SUV”, the Rogue is one of the first vehicles I picture. It is simply just a good, sturdy, dependable car. Read more about why this Nissan is my current featured favorite: The Rogue gets an impressive EPA estimated 29 combined mpg in city/highway. It is as efficient as it is stylish. It is the only true 3-row compact SUV topping the charts with its fuel efficiency. So, if the fuel economy of a vehicle is your #1 priority, then you should be sold by now! Amazingly the benefits of this vehicle don’t stop there. There are many notable additions to the new 2017 Rogue that raise the bar from this vehicle in its previous years. It boasts an updated refreshing, sleek interior and exterior, new adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection and an optional emergency braking system. The most talked about commodity of the Rogue, however, is its ample cargo space. When seeing the Rogue for the first time, folks tend to be surprised by the amount of space available inside the vehicle. Its large cargo capacity features an innovative storage system, along with the option of having a third row, which is a definite plus. When it comes to space, the Rogue has plenty to offer. Overall, this Nissan offers a comfortable ride. The Rogue offers three main trim levels: S, SV, and SL. Even in their most basic trim, this vehicle packs in a remarkable amount of features, including a rearview camera, 5-inch display screen, bluetooth phone and streaming audio system, four-speaker CD player with USB input, and satellite radio. There are also plenty of add-on options for you to customize your vehicle to your liking. From lane keeping assist and forward collision mitigation to a panoramic sunroof, the available features for the Rogue contribute to make this a top SUV contender. If you’re looking for a reliable, comfortable ride with an expansive interior, you’ve met your match! Go out and test drive a Nissan Rogue, and it will soon become your favorite too!
Recently the Hyundai Elantra was fully redesigned, so it has a fresh new look for 2017! The new Elantra boasts a classy, sleek look alongside impressive tech features, making it one of my favorite cars this year! It is more refined than ever before. Take a look at why it’s gaining so much popularity: This four-door, compact sedan packs a lot into a smaller package! The 2017 model offers three new engines and four trim options: SE, Eco, Limited, and Sport. Regardless of what trim you choose, the Elantra is equipped with stable, dependable road handling and an impressive suspension, contributing to the car’s comfortable ride. The interior is accommodating, comfortable, and spacious–which is more than many of its competitors can say! I definitely think the Elantra’s interior is one of its biggest selling points. The overall fit and finish is of high quality, and the window designs offer maximum visibility. The Elantra isn’t loved just for its looks, though. This sedan also prides itself on its safety features! It received an excellent Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Between its abounding airbags, lane departure warning system, blind spot monitor, rollover protection system, and more, the Elantra has got you covered. If you’re still not sold on this favorite of mine, there’s more! This Hyundai packs in a surprising amount of advanced tech features, setting itself apart from other sedans on the market. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard capabilities on all trims except the base model. You’ll also find a seven inch touch screen, eight-speaker Infinity audio system, HID headlights, heated seats, and more inside the Elantra! I could go on and on about why I love this sedan so much, but I want you to see it for yourself! Test drive one today from McCarthy Auto Group. You might just drive away in a new car!
If you’re looking for a decent sized SUV with plenty of cargo space, then the Chevrolet Equinox is for you! This Chevy is one of my favorite crossovers and overall vehicles for many reasons, and here’s why: Day or night, the Equinox is just right! It rides and drives with confidence thanks to its stable handling and impressive fuel economy. The Equinox gets an EPA estimated 21mpg/31mpg in city/highway–creating stiff competition for its rivals. You get a lot of bang for your buck with the Chevy Equinox. Its base models are very reasonably priced–I love how affordable a great car like this can be! Its special edition models and different trim levels provide an exciting way for you to customize this car. If you’re willing to spend a little more, you can upgrade to the powerful V6 engine, which is a feature not many other vehicles in this class can offer! That’s an aspect that definitely sets the Equinox apart from the others. Safety shouldn’t have to cost you. That’s another reason I love this SUV! Even the standard Equinox models boast impressive safety features like anti-lock disc brakes, impressive traction and stability control, a rearview camera, GM’s OnStar emergency communications system, and more! The Equinox also earned the highest possible rating in multiple categories from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety–now that’s something to brag about! To learn more about this vehicle’s safety ratings, click here. While automotive fads come and go, the Chevrolet Equinox is simply a durable car that will last you through the years. From its seven inch touchscreen interface to its spacious back seats, it’s no wonder the Equinox is one of the most popular SUVs on the market! Its sleek and stylish design will woo you at first, but just wait until you get behind the wheel. Test drive one from McCarthy Auto Group and you’ll fall in love!
The Toyota RAV4 is topping the SUV charts! Between safety, style, and performance there are many factors weighing into its rising popularity. Here are some of the many reasons why the Toyota RAV4 is my current featured favorite: Safety. This Toyota has an impressive safety score for many reasons. Its multitude of airbags paired with its highly rated stability control are just a few factors that make this car one of the safest in its class. If that isn’t enough to convince you of this vehicle’s safety, it is an Insurance Institute of Highway Safety 2017 Top Safety Pick+! Style. While the specific specs of this car are amazing on their own, the overall style is one of my favorite aspects! The RAV4 leans toward the smaller compact SUV side, which is a benefit for many. It gives you the spacious seating and cargo capacity while keeping it easy to navigate through the city! Its newer redesign is a fresh take on the loved older model, and it sure does boast some good looks. It packs in tons of user friendly features that will make you love this vehicle even more. From its integrated navigation system to its new “birds eye camera,” there is no shortage of technology in this car! Performance. This compact SUV now sports five different trim options: LE, XLE, SE, Limited, and Platinum. All trims include a powerful 176-hp inline-4, 2.5-liter, and a six-speed automatic transmission. The RAV4 delivers solid driving power alongside smooth and secure handling. Overall, it is simply a reliable, durable vehicle perfect for the family or for your next adventure! Test drive a RAV4 today at McCarthy Toyota of Sedalia! Go ahead and browse their selection, I promise you’ll fall in love!
Did you know that injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans aged 1-44? June is National Safety Month. This month aims to spread awareness of these statistics and steps you can take to stay safe! Injury is such a broad noun, though. Whether injuries are caused on the road, in the workplace, or at home, you can prevent potential accidents from happening by educating yourself! 20-50 million people are injured or disabled each year due to car accidents. Help diminish this statistic by keeping your eyes on the road! Your safety in your vehicle starts with you. Imagine how much safer our roads would be if everyone had this mindset. Make sure your vehicle is up-to-date on maintenance, so you avoid any surprise mishaps while on the road. Not all injuries are due to car accidents, though. Accidents happen every day for a countless amount of reasons! Contribute to National Safety Month by brushing up on your first aid knowledge. Knowing how to react in case of an emergency is crucial, and having the knowledge and supplies to provide first aid when needed is extremely beneficial. You never know when you or someone you love will get into an accident of some kind, so make sure you’re prepared for the possibility! I always keep a small first aid kit in my car, just in case. That is one simple way you can take steps to leading a safer life! I challenge you to think of another way to stay safe this month (and every month). Let me know what safety steps you come up with in the comments below!
Restaurants around our city are rejoicing for Father’s Day weekend! The brunch options for Dad in Kansas City are endless, and there are countless weekend activities happening to celebrate the fathers in your life! Here are some of my favorite happenings: Kansas City Zoo: Celebrate your papa bear with a trip to the zoo! On June 18th, dads will receive free admission AND a complimentary hot dog. Who can pass that up? Stroll through the animal kingdom with the king of your jungle and create memories you’ll never forget! Pioneer Trails Adventures: For that history buff father of yours, explore the great outdoors in historic Independence, Missouri! On June 17th Pioneer Trails Adventures is offering half off admission for dads! From touring Civil War battle sites to the Truman’s home, this trip back in time is the perfect event to experience alongside Dad! Boulevardia Father’s Day Beer & BBQ Brunch: Get Dad something he’ll really love this year with a ticket to the Boulevardia Festival! Go the extra mile and snag a ticket to their special Father’s Day brunch! Boulevardia is the perfect blend of beer, food, music, and fun! If I had to guess, that would definitely peak your father’s interest. This festival is SO fun, and experiencing it with your dad–even better! Father’s Day Run: Whip Dad into shape with a family friendly run on June 18th! There’s a 5K, 10K, and kid’s run, all guaranteed to make that fitness loving father of yours happy! Exercise your love for your dad while supporting a great cause–all proceeds go to benefit Village Shalom’s programs and services for their residents and families. Father’s Day Brunch: Find something that suits your dad’s taste at one of the many delicious restaurants around KC! You can’t go wrong with a good meal. Treat Dad to a brunch buffet from Nick and Jake’s mouthwatering menu! Or, drive over to Summit Grill and Bar to enjoy their Father’s Day barbeque brunch with free beer for Dad and live blues music–now that’s the perfect way to celebrate! They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so you can’t go wrong with all of the delicious restaurants around Kansas City! Do you have a go-to Father’s Day tradition? How about a favorite brunch spot for Dad? Let me know in the comments below!
If you’re a sports fanatic (like me), Kansas City must be a sports haven for you! Whether you love cheering on your favorite professional team (go Royals), or you are the starter for your work’s softball team, there are tons of games and events happening around our city to keep your summer sporty! Here are a few of my favorite sporting events happening around KC: Royals at Kauffman Stadium: Our beloved KC baseball team’s 45th season is underway! Attending the Royals’ home games has always been a summer must for me. Aside from the great game of baseball, there’s always something happening at the stadium. From the summer fireworks to T-Shirt Tuesdays, the overall atmosphere is an experience you don’t want to miss out on. If you can, try and go on their next Buck Night, it’s my favorite! Sporting KC: If you haven’t attended an MLS game yet, you’re missing out! Catch our team’s next home game at Children’s Mercy Park as they continue on their quest for the U.S. Open Cup! Click here to view their schedule. From their involvement in our community with their Blue KC Sporting Samaritans program to their fun promotional matches, I love cheering on this team for so many different reasons. KC Olympics: Perhaps you’d rather get in on the action than cheer on the sidelines. Consider joining a sports league! This is a great, fun way for adults to exercise their love for sports or perhaps relive the glory days from a sporty past life. Get ready for the KC Olympics this summer by joining a team playing kickball, sand volleyball, softball, wiffle ball, or soccer! Chiefs Preseason: While we’re still months out, I can’t wait for our KC Chiefs to kick back into gear! The excitement surrounding these first preseason games is the perfect way to close out your summer with a bang. We’ll get to see how the San Francisco 49ers do under their new coaching as our Chiefs take them on at Arrowhead Stadium! What game are you most excited for this summer? While I’m #RaisedRoyal, I love supporting all of our KC teams! I sure am thankful for these summer nights filled with the cheers from our fanatic sports fans!
Summer in Kansas City is one of my favorite times of the year! There is ALWAYS something going on. Between festivals, plays in the park, and concerts, the possibilities are endless. I especially love all of the artists bringing their talents to our city. If you love a good music scene, Kansas City has a vast array of fun and exciting tunes to fill your ears with entertainment. Check out these sounds of summer!
- Kansas City Live. Hot Country Nights are taking the stage in The Power & Light District! Featuring artists like the Josh Abbott Band and and Gretchen Wilson, hitting up the #HCNKC is the perfect way to spend your summer nights. If that isn’t enough to convince you, many of their concerts are FREE!
- Taps At The Tower. Heard at The National War War I Museum and Memorial, the musical piece Taps played on the bugle will be played every Sunday evening at sunset from June 18th – June 24th. While this is a more sobering experience than the busting concerts elsewhere in KC, it is a very pleasant way to spend an evening. Have a picnic and enjoy the Museum’s outdoor grounds leading up to the Taps bugle call at sunset.
- Jazz in the Woods. This is a two-day showcase of local arts and culture! The 28th Jazz in the Woods is June 9th and 10th at Corporate Woods Founder’s Park. With live music, food and entertainment, you can’t go wrong! (And the admission price is only $5–what a deal!)
- Vans Warped Tour. While this touring event isn’t actually making its stop in our beloved Kansas City, it’s not too far! The Vans Warped Tour will be making its debut in Bonner Springs, KS on Thursday, July 27th. There are so many different bands featured on the tour, I can hardly count them all! While this musical fest might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s definitely a summer must for the music lovers out there! If you have a child under the age of 16 that is clammering to go, parents get in free! Learn more about the parent ticket here.