TOPEKA (KSNT) – Many family-friendly activities are occurring around Topeka for the weekend leading up to the 4th of July, 2022.

July 1-3 – Happy Basset BBQ Competition

Join Happy Basset for their 2nd annual BBQ Competition from July 1-July 3. The BBQ competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.

On Saturday, July 2, judging for this event will start at 12 p.m. and awards will occur at 3 p.m. Additionally, a firework display along with live music will be shown.

July 2 – Fellowship Hi-Crest Summer Firework Extravaganza

The Summer Firework Extravaganza organized by Fellowship Hi-Crest will take place on July 2, at 455 SE Golf Park Blvd in Southeast Topeka. This extravaganza event will include live music with a DJ, bounce houses, food trucks and more.

Sunday, July 3 at 6 p.m. – Topeka High Tower Chimes Concert

The Topeka High Tower Chimes Concert will be happening on Sunday, July 3 at 6 p.m. located on the front lawn of Topeka High School, 800 SW 10th St. Bring lawn chairs and water to this free event and listen to the patriotic tunes coming from the Deagan Chimes at one of the only high schools in the world that has a working set of them! The event will also have the Poppin Squeez and Hamburgueas Mexican Food Trucks beginning at 5:30 p.m. or feel free to bring your own picnic.

Overbrook 4th of July Celebration

Celebrate this year’s Fourth of July at the Overbrook city lake. Food will be available around 6 p.m. provided by the Snack Shack food truck. A DJ will be there along with other activities until the fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Feel free to stop by and celebrate at this event.

Monday, July 4 at 11 a.m. – Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival

Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival is holding their annual 4th of July event featuring many artists and activities. This event will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 4, at Reynolds Lodge, Lake Shawnee, in Topeka.

Food Trucks and Arts & Crafts vendors will be available at the festival. Additionally, the classic car show is only a short walk away from this event. All activities are free with the exception of the food costs and all is open to the public.

The Topeka Blues Society suggests attendees to bring:

  • Shade tents (designated area)
  • Lawn chairs/ blankets
  • Coolers/ food
  • Dancing shoes & smiles

Monday, July 4 at 11 a.m – 51st Annual Collins Park Neighborhood July 4th Parade

51st Annual Collins Park Neighborhood July 4th Parade is also occurring on Monday, July 4 at 11 a.m. This parade is located at SW Collins Ave, Topeka KS 66604. If anyone is interested in participating in the parade, line up no later than 10:45 a.m. on the West side of 15th and Collins.

Kids Bike Parade

Looking for something to do with your kids on Monday, July 4? Look no further because the annual Kid’s Bike Parade is occurring at Overbrook’s old middle school parking lot (below the water tower by the ball diamonds). This event begins at 11:30 a.m. Those not participating in this evet, may watch the bike parade on Main Street and cheer them on as they kids pass by.

Participators are encouraged to decorate bikes, wagons, scooters, pets and yourselves.

The route for this bike parade will go through Main Street, back through the ballpark parking lot, stop at the Veteran’s Memorial to say the Pledge of Allegiance, and end at the shelter house at the city lake park.

Free hotdogs and drinks will be provided. You are also welcome to bring a plate of treats to share. Root beer floats will be available by the Methodist Church as well.

Topeka Road Run

Join this year’s 49th annual road run to celebrate Independence Day. This event will take place at the Topeka East Park located at 510 E Lake Street.

The day will begin at 8:15 a.m. with a one-mile run for kids 13 and under. Medals are rewarded for the top three boys and girls. At 8:30 a.m. the 5K race, open to all ages, will begin at the park and continue through the streets on Topeka. Prizes will also be awarded to the top three men and women of each age division. Age groups are: 1-12, 13-15,16-19, 20-24,25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+.

Registration is available and T-shirts are first come first serve. Race day packet pick-up is available at 7 a.m. in the parks pavilion.

Other activities such as a fireworks display, a parade, basketball and softball tournaments, food vendors, and a buggy racing competition where teams of four people compete by pulling Amish buggies down main street will also occur.

Stars and Stripes Festival

Start your Independence Day with a parade. At 9:30 a.m. the College Hill Parade will occur at Boswell Square. Feel free to participate and join in on the fun. There is no cost to join. After the parade, gather around to enjoy social time, awards and cookies or ice cream. 

A dessert potluck will also occur at Boswell Square Park at 13th & Boswell. Desserts will be donated by giving College Hill neighbors, snow cones, popcorn, and drinks.

Relax and enjoy the evening with friends, neighbors, and the community.