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Breakfast and Blooms @ Bingham-Waggoner Estate
Jun 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Enjoy breakfast on the grounds of the historic Bingham-Waggoner Estate followed by presentations by the experts at two local nurseries.

  • Catered breakfast served on the grounds of the beautiful Bingham-Waggoner Estate.
  • Music provided by the American Legion Band’s Wind Ensemble.
  • Local nursery presentations
    • Farrand Farms – 10:00 to 10:45.
      • Marion Morris to demonstrate planting butterfly gardens.
    • Missouri Wildflowers Nursery – 11:00 to 11:45.
      • Mervin Wallace to demonstrate planting a prairie garden.
    • Both nurseries will have plants and products for sale after their presentations.
  • Tour of the Bingham-Waggoner Estate is included in the ticket price.

Tickets for this event are $20 each

Reservations are required. Call 816-461-3491.


Bingham-Waggoner Estate
60th Anniversary Celebration: 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home @ 1859 Jail and Marshal's Home
Jun 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join the 1859 Jail Museum as we celebrate our 60th Anniversary as a museum! We will offer free admission and extend our normal operating hours.


1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home
Harry and Bess Truman’s 100th Wedding Anniversary @ Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
On a summer day so stifling that the wedding flowers began to wilt, Harry and Bess Truman were married at Trinity Episcopal Church in Independence on June 28, 1919. The couple enjoyed 53 years of marriage, from Independence to the White House and back again, an American love story for the ages.

As our hometown president and first lady enter their 100th anniversary year, please join us for a platinum anniversary celebration, complete with a group vow renewal ceremony followed by the wedding reception of the century featuring a concert by the 135th Army band.

The Truman Library invites couples of all ages to renew their vows. Or you can join us to observe the ceremony and enjoy the wedding reception with dessert and a champagne toast to our favorite presidential couple.

This event is presented as part of a partnership between the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, the Truman Library Institute, the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site, the City of Independence, the Independence Square Association and the Jackson County Historical Society.



Harry and Bess Truman
Global Family Reunion @ Midwest Genealogy Center
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Celebrate family connections across the globe in a day-long party. Global Family Reunion is a live, worldwide family reunion, festival, fair, and genealogy convention created by bestselling author A.J. Jacobs.

The Midwest Genealogy Center will host Mid-Continent Public Library’s reunion, featuring a performance from entertainer Will Stuck, a demonstration by Mad Science, fun hands-on learning experiences, a photo booth, a petting zoo, historic re-enactors, and free hot dog lunch while supplies last.

Visit reunion for a full schedule of events.


The Midwest Genealogy Center.
Independence Day Celebration @ : Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Pageant Grounds & Mormon Visitor Center
Jul 3 @ 7:00 pm

The City of Independence’s annual Independence Day Celebration will once again take place on July 3 in partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Join us for a great night of free, family friendly fun.

Please note alcohol, animals and outside fireworks are prohibited. No outside coolers will be allowed on the event grounds.


  • 7:oo p.m. Red Head Express Concert

Red Head Express is an American country music band consisting of four sisters and will perform live outside on a lighted stage.  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and watch this amazing performance. (hosted by the Independence Missouri Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints).

Concessions available for purchase.

  • 9:00 p.m. Spirit of Independence Concert Band
  • 9:30 p.m. Fireworks Display


Fireworks near the Community of Christ Temple
32nd Annual Bingham-Waggoner Antique & Craft Fair @ Bingham-Waggoner Estate
Jul 13 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Live music, free admission


Bingham-Waggoner Estate
The Dude Perfect Pound It Noggin Tour @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm

YouTube sensations Dude Perfect have announce their first-ever live tour across the United States. The Pound It Noggin Tour will stop in Independence on July 19.

Tyler Toney, Cody Jones, Garrett Hilbert, and twins Coby and Cory Cotton will take their ultimate variety show across the U.S. this summer. The five best friends from Frisco, Texas have more than 70 million social media followers and will be giving fans a look into the fun world of Dude Perfect, highlighting—live and in person—fan favorites such as Overtime, Stereotypes, Battles and stunts. Some lucky fans will even have the chance to participate with the dudes in their crazy antics!

Doors at 6 p.m.

Show at 7 p.m.


The Pound It Noggin Tour
Arboretum Scavenger Hunt @ Vaile Mansion
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Vaile Victorian Society and the Independence Tree Commission are sponsoring an arboretum scavenger hunt at the Vaile Manison on Saturday, September 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. It will be a great way for families to spend an autumn day on the Vaile grounds. Come celebrate the wonderful history of Independence.

To participate, you must register with Charlotte Olejko, at 816-797-8711. Donations will be accepted. Meet at Vaile Mansion , 1500 N Liberty Street, parking lot on the north side of the mansion.


Vaile Mansion
7th Annual Independence Uncorked Winefest @ Bingham-Waggoner Estate
Sep 14 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


The 7th Annual Independence Uncorked Wine Festival, one of the largest wine festivals in the state, is scheduled for September 14, 2019 on the grounds of the Historic Bingham-Waggoner Estate.

Independence Uncorked  features 25 Missouri wineries sampling several of their wines, a guest spirits distiller, and over 2,500 attendees. The day will also feature art, music, beer, food booths and wine classes. The event is hosted by the Rotary Club of Eastern Independence and presented by Stewardship Capital.

The cost is $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Ticket includes a wine glass for all and four-bottle wine bag for the first 2,000 people.

The Bingham-Waggoner Estate is an 1852 mansion and estate once owned by George Caleb Bingham, the famous Missouri artist. Proceeds from the event will go towards various national and local charities supported by Rotary. Beneficiaries have included the McCoy Park all-inclusive playground, Great Plains SPCA, Community Services League, Independence School District Character Plus Program, Special Olympics, Shoes for Orphan Soles, Shelter Box, Job One, CAPA, Hope House, Rotary Youth Camp, Drumm Farm for Kids and the Rotary Foundation to name just a few. This year’s charity of choice is Restoration House of Greater Kansas City-Ending Human Trafficking.

Bring your lawn chairs and spend the afternoon.  No outside food or drink allowed, but food will be available for sale.


Independence Uncorked Winefest


Tyler, the Creator with Blood Orange and GoldLink. @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tyler, The Creator will be at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena on October 5th with Blood Orange and GoldLink.

Tickets on sale to the public beginning June 7, 2019.



Tyler, the Creator with Blood Orange and Goldlink
Victorian Funeral Customs Revisited @ Vaile Mansion
Oct 19 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

See the horse drawn hearse as it sits in front of the Mansion. Participate in the wake as the casket lies in state in the Lady’s Parlor. Watch the movie of the vault in the Vaile Mausoleum, plus many Victorian funeral artifacts.

Tickets will be $15 for one person/$25 for two. Tickets will go on sale on EventBrite in September.


Vaile Mansion