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  • Does it Cost? This show is FREE!
  • Where to Sit: Whether you sit right up front or in your car a few miles away, there’s not a bad seat in the house. Enjoy the incredible 360 degree view of the Wamego Fireworks Show!
  • What to Bring: Radio or personal earbuds (Hot Country B104.7 will have the soundtrack for the fireworks starting at 9:50pm), blanket, lawn chairs, water bottle (there will be places to refill water bottles to stay hydrated), ear plugs for sensitive ears (get ready for lots of loud boomers and crackling shells!).
  • Arrival Time: Arrive early, and early means shortly after the parade ends near 7:00 PM. A popular saying is, "If you arrive after 8:00, you're late!"

BOOMTOWN 2: Behind the Fence

Free screenings at the Columbian Theatre July 4th at 1pm and 2pm, seats filled on a first come first serve basis.

We had 6 cameras inside the fence during the 2018 Fireworks show to document the show from the Pyro Crew point of view. You've never seen the show like this. Don't miss your chance to see last year's show from "Behind the Fence". Two shows: 1:00pm and 2:00pm. Enjoy a cocktail from the "Backstage Beer & Wine Garden at The Columbian"  from 12-6 pm. 

Every Fourth of July, Wamego turns into BOOMTOWN USA!



We’re not sure when Wamego first started dazzling crowds with its Fourth of July fireworks display, but it has been happening longer than anyone can remember. This incredible show is shot by a crew of citizen volunteers, known as our esteemed Pyro Crew. But just because they are volunteers, doesn’t mean they aren’t trained professionals. The crew includes two state licensed display operators and twelve members who have passed exams administered by the Pyrotechnic Guild International. The Pyro Crew brings over 158 years of combined experience to Wamego’s show and most of the members of the crew have been working together for more than a decade.

Unlike most displays, which are funded by one or two major title sponsors, Wamego’s grassroots effort creates a community-based show funded by the contributions of hundreds of donors from across the United States. The Wamego display has become known nationwide as the “finale that never ends,” and the crew works in a carefully scripted and coordinated effort to provide a uniquely fast-paced, intense, percussive show with sky saturating action. In the course of the evening spectators will witness thousands of shells being fired. It is a tradition Wamego is proud to call theirs and attracts a loyal and growing audience from multiple states each year.

  • "It’s amazing! The whole show looks like the finale, they shoot off tons of fireworks!"

    Sue Kollhoff, Abilene, KS
  • "We go every year. It’s the best around for sure."

    Amy Pruss, Manhattan, KS
  • "Well worth the trip!"

    Mike Pruss, Manhattan, KS
  • "Wamego fireworks are awesome!!!"

    Jessica Berry, Scott City, KS
  • "As an Aussie from a ranch west of Sydney, it was wonderful to experience the country hospitality of the people of Wamego. The fireworks display was like nothing else I have seen!"

    Ian Smith, Sydney, Australia
  • "My family loves the 4th of July in Wamego, especially the amazing fireworks! We’re coming back again this year!"

    Janell Johnson, Edmond, OK

Is the fireworks show free?

Yes! The #1 ranked fireworks show in Kansas is funded 100% by donors and volunteers so that you can enjoy the show for FREE!

Where is the best place to park?

Free Public Parking is available in marked lots adjacent to the Wamego Recreation Complex and along Balderson Blvd. Side street parking is permitted unless otherwise marked. No parking allowed along shoulders of Highway 24. Remote shuttle parking is located at:

-          Wamego High School Football Field Shuttle Parking-RED SHUTTLE parking (Corner of Highway 24 and Columbian Road)

-          Wamego Middle School Shuttle Parking-GREEN SHUTTLE parking (Physical Address: 1701 Kaw Valley Road, Wamego, KS, 66547)

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Though not prohibited, it is strongly recommended not to bring pets.

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