For the second consecutive year, the Kansas City area was forced to scale back fireworks displays due to recession. The Prairie Village and Bonner Springs shows were cancelled, while other large-scale events such as the Shawnee Mission Park show were scaled back due to budget reasons.
The cut in celebrations did not happen in Kansas City alone. Several other cities across the US were forced to do the same, leading to fewer fireworks and events throughout the country.
The celebrations that did happen in the Kansas City area were hit hard by rain and inclement weather. Some shows went on as scheduled while other events were canceled due to the weather. Despite cancelled shows and poor weather, several celebrations were still able to give Kansas City residents a proper Fourth of July celebration.