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Annual July 3rd Fireworks Celebration

Featuring: Switch

Sponsor: Kearney Chamber of Commerce
4:30pm Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019
Kearney Amphitheater

Free to the Public Event

  • Free inflatable air toys for the children to play in from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Free Cotton Candy at the Amphitheater and Playground
  • Concert Begins at 7:30pm
  • Fireworks Begin at 9:30pm
  • Fireworks music on 96.9 FM
  • Free Admission and Parking
  • Spectators Encouraged to Have Vehicles Parked Prior to 9:00pm
  • Camping for $20 fee (1 Night Only) - Reservations Required.
    Call Eric: 816-903-4724 or Ryan: 816-903-4730
  • Concessions Available for Purchase
  • Bring Lawn Chairs and/or Blankets.
  • Come Early - Enjoy a Picnic


The Kansas City based band Switch has been performing in the Midwest since 2006. Switch features a wide variety of music and takes pride in playing styles from many different genres. The band stands behind the belief that most people like many kinds of music, not just one. Thus, no one leaves a Switch show without hearing a song they like or recognize.

Kim Switch is the band's primary lead vocalist. She returned to rock the mic in 2014 after an 17 month break where she established and still runs a very successful DJ/Karaoke business. Kim is the original singer of Switch and is well known for her soaring vocals and her energetic and contagious stage presence. Switch is thrilled to have her back!

Deano is the founding member of Switch and enjoys "Switching" it up at each show between instruments. In the earlier years of Switch, it would not be unusual to see Deano switching between guitar, keyboards, and bass. After finally settling on bass, Deano is returning to his roots and adding keyboards to the band once again. In addition to his instrumental talents, Deano's extensive background in live sound (mixing for hundreds of national acts) helps to give Switch a warm, professional and dynamic sound. Deano also sings lead and handles fronting duties. As a footnote, Dean was also voted as the Top Bass Player 2011 in Harleys and Horses Black Tie and Jeans Awards.

Brian Couch joined Switch in 2010 and has been wowing fans with his multi-talented skills. Brian plays lead and rhythm guitar, keyboards, bass guitar and sings lead as well as harmony vocals. Brian is also Switch's music director and is responsible for arranging the many songs that Switch plays in a show. Even though Brian is busy Switching it up the whole night, you never know where he will be - look for him on the stage or out in the crowd.

Rusty Crewse joined Switch at the tail end of 2010. Rejoining his bandmates Deano and Brian from their days with the Boston tribute 4th Stage, Rusty came armed with his Les Paul and Marshall amp, and showed the crowds how to rock... and the magic of "The Dream Team" lives on. Rusty joined the arsenal of lead singers in Switch with his distinctive style. Be sure to watch for Brian and Rusty's cross over technique, when they each play the other's guitar without taking them off. Rusty's commanding style leaves no part of any stage untouched

Bob Horner (drums) rejoined SWITCH in 2017 and was previously with SWITCH from 2010 through 2014. Bob has played professionally for just over 40 years and is best known locally as Bob "Bonham" in Kansas City's Stairway to Zeppelin Tribute. Though Bob's primary job with SWITCH is to "make you dance".

The name Switch says it all and fits one of KC's most versatile bands. Be sure to catch Switch whenever you can - you won't be disappointed. Fair warning: you should arrive as early as possible - Switch shows are usually a sellout. The band provides a volatile mix of music, energy, great sound, and the ability to make any event a memorable one. See you there!!!

Personal Fireworks Displays are not Allowed in the Park
No Alcohol Permitted at this Event

Ryan L. Marcotte
Assistant Director, Parks & Recreation
The City of Kearney

100 E. Washington
P.O. Box 797
Kearney, Mo. 64060

816-903-4730 (office)
816-903-4747 (fax)


Eric Marshall
Director, Parks & Recreation

Directions from Kansas City, Missouri:

  • Take I-35 N towards Des Moines
  • Take the MO-92 exit (6th street), EXIT 26, Turn Right onto MO-92
  • Follow MO-92 (6th Street) to Jefferson, Turn Left
  • Take Jefferson N through town to Jesse James Park (~ 2-3 miles)

Directions from St. Joseph, Missouri:

  • Take I-229 S to I-29 S
  • Continue to the MO-92 exit, EXIT 18, toward Smithville Lake (~25 Miles)
  • Turn Left onto MO-92, continue on until Jefferson St in Kearney (~23 Miles),
  • Turn Left
  • Take Jefferson N through town to Jesse James Park (~ 2-3 miles)
Click here for a Google Map

Children 10 and under are free, unless otherwise noted

*Gates open 1 hour before each event

Blankets & Lawn Chairs are suggested.

Be courteous, kind, and helpful to your fellow festival goers.

Kearney Amphitheater Rules:
  1. No Tents (Pop-up or otherwise)
  2. No Outside Food/Drink or Coolers
  3. No Pets in Amphitheater Area
  4. No Fireworks at Any Time
  5. Non-Alcoholic Tailgating Only
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