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Spirit of America Celebration
2014 Independence Day event
Join us in Recreation Park on Friday, July 4th, for Raymore's 2014 Spirit of America Celebration, which features one of the biggest fireworks displays in the area at dusk. The event begins at 4 p.m. in Recreation Park (1021 S. Madison). Come out for live music, classic car show, and other fun events before the fireworks begin at dusk.

  • Classic Car Show begins at 4 p.m.
  • Kids' Games from 7 to 9 p.m. (provided by Raymore Assembly of God)

                    Games that will run for the entire time from 7 to 9 p.m.:
    • Tic-Tac-Toe: Game played on a large surface of the ground. Each player will have five bean bags that must launched from their “toes” to claim their square on the board.
    • Upside-Down Bean Bag Toss: Bean bags thrown at the target through the legs like hiking a football.
    • Q-Tip Target: Try your skill at hitting a target using Q-Tips for ammunition.
    • Ping Pong Power: Bounce the ping pong balls into the various-sized tubes to score points.
    • Ladder Ball: Toss the stringed-golf balls at the ladder rungs for points. Can be played with two players to compete together.
    • Javelin Jockey: Throw the Nerf javelins at the target hoops to score the most points possible.

      Games that will be occur intermittently, every 15 minutes or so, starting at 7:15 p.m.:
    • The Great Balloon Race: Each contestant will see how fast his balloon can fly to the finish line supplying their own “hot air.”
    • Ski Race: A race that will involve a team of two working together to get across the finish line first.
    • Pantyhose Put-Down: Two players compete to see who can knock down all their bottles first using the special pantyhose apparatus on their heads.
    • Magic Carpet Ride: Teams of two compete to see who can turn their "carpet square" over first without either team member stepping off the carpet.

  • Live Music by Southtown from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Extensive Fireworks Display begins at dusk.



2014 Classic Car Show Registration form
Car Show Entry Categories include:
• 1900-1940 Original
1941-1960 Original
1961-1975 Original
1976-1995 Original
1996-2014 Original
1928-1934 Street Rods
1935-1941 Street Rods
1946-1959 Street Rod/Custom
1960-1970 Street Rod/Custom
1971-2014 Custom Trucks 
T-Buckets/Corvettes/Special Interest


For July 4th vendor application information, download the 2014 vendor agreement form below.
2014 Vendor Agreement form

Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success for the entire community. Anyone interested in helping with the setup and operation of the event's car show or kids games is asked to call the Raymore Parks and Rec office at 816-322-2791. Parking lot attendants are also needed to help maintain orderly traffic flow for this high-attendance event.
The year's event is sponsored by Community Bank of Raymore, Ray-Pec Sunrise Optimist Club, and Perkins Automotive Service.

2014 Car Show Winners
Last year’s third annual “Spirit of America” car show, the kickoff to Raymore Parks and Recreation’s yearly Independence Day celebration, featured the event’s largest exhibition field to date with 52 registered entries showcasing some of the area’s finest classic automobiles, trucks and American muscle cars.

After a review by the judging panel, the car show winners were crowned and awarded plaques to commemorate their placements. The 2014 competition top winners were:

  • Best of Show – Dale and Michelle Collins’ 1968 Chevy Camaro
  • Best Ford – Shelly Presley’s 1964 Ford Thunderbird
  • Best Chevrolet – Dale and Michelle Collins’ 1968 Chevy Camaro
  • Best Mopar – Brian and Katie Elliot’s 1966 Dodge Coronet 500
  • Best Truck – Eric Dempsey’s 2000 Chevy S-10
  • Mayor’s Choice – Mike Connely’s 1951 Mercury Coupe
  • 1900-40 Original – Galen and Deanna Beasley’s 1937 Pontiac Police Car
  • 1941-60 Original – Steve Sheets’ 1951 Mercury Monterey
  • 1976-95 Original – Don Elleman’s 1985 Mercury Capri ASC McLaren
  • 1996-2014 Original – Toni Dempsey’s 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser
  • 1971-2014 Custom Truck – Eric Dempsey’s 2000 Chevy S-10
  • T-Bucket – John Phillips’ 1930 Ford Model A Five-Window Coupe
  • Corvette – Robert Rainey’s 2009 Chevy Corvette Z06

Raymore Parks and Recreation would like to thank everyone who participated in 2014’s classic car show, along with the show’s sponsor, Perkins Automotive Service of Raymore.

Raymore City Hall 100 Municipal Circle Raymore, MO 64083 Ph: (816) 331-0488 Fax: (816) 331-8724
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