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Due to its proximity to Kansas City, Independence has all of the amenities of a large metropolitan area while still maintaining a great hometown atmosphere. Although it still has a small-town feel, Independence is the fourth-largest city in the Missouri. Independence is also the county seat of Jackson County, although a small portion of the city also falls within Clay County.

Like many cities in the Kansas City metro are, Independence is rich in historical significance. Independence was founded on March 29, 1827, and quickly became a vital frontier town. Known as the "Queen City of the Trails," Independence was an important stop on the California, Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. Independence is also the hometown of President Harry S. Truman and where he began his political career.

There are several historical landmarks in Independence, including the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, and the National Frontier Trails Center. There are also many modern day amenities and attractions including the Adventure Oasis Water Park, the new Independence Event Center, nearby Arrowhead Stadium, and over 21,000 acres of outdoor fun made possible by Jackson County Parks and Recreation. If you still have time on your hands with all of these amazing activities, spend some time shopping at either the brand-name stores at Independence Mall or at the myriad of local shops that line Independence Square.

Independence Area Insight

  • Felicia Harris
    RE/MAX Heritage
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    Independence, MO
    I was just a little girl when we lived in Independence. I lived in a little house across from Saint Mary's. I remember we were too close to the school to ride the bus so we had to walk. Walking to school back then was an entirely different situation. It was just me and my brother and sister walking every day six blocks to school. We attended Bryant Elementary and it was a great little school. I am sure there is no teacher there that I know. I can see some pictures and recall my good times there. It is a great school to get an education. I miss those days walking and attending there.
  • Malia Turner
    RE/MAX Heritage
    The 74th annual Halloween Parade is back at Independence Square this year for your fall festivities. This is a free event that allows you to dress up and trick or treat through businesses all over the square. There will also be a parade where candy will be tossed as well. The event starts at 10:00 a.m.
  • Kristina Stricklin
    RE/MAX Heritage
    I had a great meal with a friend at Hereford House. They had a delicious center-cut fillet and I had the Spinach salad with salmon. The ambiance was great and the staff was very attentive and friendly. I will definitely return again soon for some more great food. Hereford House is located at
    19721 E Jackson Dr, Independence. Visit the website below for more information.
  • Malia Turner
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    Independence, MO
    Have you always had a love for nature, Hummingbirds in particular? Come out to the George Owen's Nature Park in Independence September 8th through the 10th. There will be more than 80 feeders along a walking trail for you take the beauty of nature all in. What a fun way to immerse yourself in nature.
  • Marc Edwards
    RE/MAX Heritage
    Independence, MO is the fifth largest city in Missouri. Hard to believe that Independence is right here next to Kansas City and they connect very well. You can drive from Kansas City to Independence and not have to get on a Highway. 23rd St and 40 Highway will take you straight to it. Independence is even included in Kansas City's public bus routes. Independence is very affordable and very attractive to first-time home buyers. Also the home of President Harry Truman and the Truman library.
  • Matt Hargrave
    RE/MAX Heritage
    The 1859 Jail, Marshal's Home and Museum is an awesome place to visit for History lovers. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places, this is another great location that adds to the deep rooted and preserved history of Independence, MO.
  • Malia Turner
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    Independence, MO
    The annual free festival is back this year during Labor Day weekend, September 2nd through September 5th. This is a festival that celebrates the roots of SantaCaliGon as well as the city of Independence during the westward expansion. There will be vendors, entertainment, food, a carnival which will cost money to enter, and more.
  • Malia Turner
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    Independence, MO
    A Dutch Bro's is being built off of I-70 and Little Blue Parkway in Independence by Mendards. It is currently under construction. If you have been wanting a Dutch Bro's close to you, your dreams have been answered. Dutch Bro's is a drive-thru coffee shop that serves its customers coffee, teas, frozen drinks, and more.
  • Felicia Harris
    RE/MAX Heritage
    Tonight is our last night for our VBS. This year's theme is construction. Come on out. Buses are able to come to pick up your child. For more information check out the link below.
  • Felicia Harris
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    Independence, MO
    If you are looking for a beautiful area to take your family for some quiet outdoor exploration, then this park is for you. The park has three miles of trails, two fishing lakes, and many other amenities that will bring family and fun together!
  • Malia Turner
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    Independence, MO
    Come out to the Independence Square on July 2nd for some fourth of July fun. There will be music, food trucks, and fireworks. This is a free event that starts at 5:30 p.m. and will end around 10:00 p.m.
  • Terry Prindle
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    Independence, MO
    Are you looking for a way to get outside and enjoy the weather this Sunday? How about a picnic? This Sunday, May 15th, come out and enjoy the picnic at the Vaile Mansion, a free event put on by the Jackson County Historical Society. You can bring your own picnic and also enjoy games, music, and history. The event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is located on the lawn of the historic Vaile Mansion. Come out and enjoy this fun event at 1500 N. Liberty St. in Independence.
  • Terry Prindle
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    Independence, MO
    The Independence Farmer's Market offers the freshest produce, plants, jams, jellies, and more. Be sure to take advantage of the wide selection of locally grown meat, produce, sweets, and hand-made crafts, all grown or made within a 100-mile radius of Independence. Check out the farmer's market this Saturday, May 7th, from 8:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m. The farmers market is located at 211 W. Truman Road.
  • Malia Turner
    RE/MAX Heritage
    Come out May 1st anytime from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to the Farmhouse Kansas City Venue. This event is free to the public and is hosted by 3 Anchors Boutique. There will be 20+ local, small businesses showing off their services. There will be shopping, food, drinks, and live music.
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    Independence, MO
    Go Car Wash is on Hwy 40, right across from Natural Grocers, First Watch, and many other stores in the area. The employees there are very polite and have great customer service. Even when there is a line, they still keep the cars going quickly through the car wash. Everyone's cars look nice and freshly cleaned!
  • Terry Prindle
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    Independence, MO
    Main Event in Independence is a great place to come for some family fun. There are many activities that are sure to entertain both the parents and kids alike. You can bowl, play laser tag, try out the latest VR games, and so much more. There is also food and drinks available to recharge your batteries. What a great place for any birthday party or family gathering. Main Event is located at 4600 South Cochise Court in Independence and is open all week long.
  • Terry Prindle
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    Independence, MO
    Get Air Trampoline Park in Independence is a great place to bring your kids to burn off excess energy and get rid of the dreaded cabin fever that sets in every winter. Jumpers can take their pick from wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pits, dodgeball, slam ball, ninja obstacles, and more. What a great place to have your birthday parties, team parties, and family events. Come out and get your jump on today.
  • Melanie Weaver
    RE/MAX Heritage
    Independence, MO is known for its extensive history and the many great museums which call this town home. One of these museums, the National Frontier Trails Museum, takes visitors on an adventure through the lives of Western settlers. The museum primarily highlights the importance of Independence as the starting point of many westward traveling trails, such as Santa Fe. Inside, guests can browse through hundreds of original artifacts, a train depot, or take a tour on a real covered wagon. The National Frontier Trails Museum is located at 318 W. Pacific and is open Thursday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  • Malia Turner
    RE/MAX Heritage
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    Independence, MO
    What a fun trampoline park! Fun whether you are a child or an adult. Here you can jump on trampolines while playing dodgeball or slam ball, and more. They also have a kiddie court and foam pits. Don't want your kid to play with the big kids? That's okay, they have kiddie times designated for toddlers. General admission prices depend on how long you want to jump for. They do offer three kinds of birthday packages as well.
  • Felicia Harris
    RE/MAX Heritage
    Did you know that Independence has a state-of-the-art concert and event hall? Cut down on your drive to the T-Mobile Center and stop by Cable Dahmer Arena. Opened in 2008, Cable Dahmer Arena has transformed from a hockey arena to a complete multi-purpose event center. The arena continues to host hockey games for the Kansas City Mavericks as well as soccer, wrestling, basketball, and other professional sporting events. An additional ice skating rink is available to the community year-round. With roughly 7,000 seats, Cable Dahmer Arena is great for enjoying smaller, more intimate performances and concerts. A private level includes 30 suites and VIP seating for an upgraded experience. Whether it's ice skating or a sold-out concert, Cable Dahmer Arena is an amazing resource for the Independence area!
  • Terry Prindle
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    Independence, MO
    One of my favorite Mexican restaurants is On The Border Mexican Cantina. They have a great menu featuring sizzling fajitas, fish tacos, and my personal favorite the three sauce fajita burrito. You can't go wrong with the delicious chips and salsa and queso while you wait for your entree. Add a big margarita or tallboy brew and you're all set for a great evening. On The Border is located at 19921 E Jackson Drive in Independence.
  • Melanie Weaver
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    Looking for a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and much more? Try the Independence Uptown Market. Opening in 2018 in a state-of-the-art complex, the Uptown Market provides a hub for both crafters, farmers, and performers. On your average visit to Uptown, you'll find over 14,000 square feet of high-quality locally grown produce to shop from. The market is also a superb venue for private parties and events. Uptown Market is centrally located in Independence's historic downtown district and is open on Saturday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Felicia Harris
    RE/MAX Heritage
    Hop in the car and take the kids to Waterfall Park in Independence! This picturesque park surrounds an 18-acre lake and includes a wonderful walking trail. A large and clean playground/shelter is available for children and restrooms are nearby. The walking trail runs directly into the Bass Pro Shop, so make sure to stop inside for a sweet treat! Waterfalls can be spotted along the entire walking trail, creating a very tranquil space. Waterfall Park is fun for the whole family!
  • Terry Prindle
    RE/MAX Heritage
    Experience the magic of Christmas at Santa’s Wonderland at your local Bass Pro Shop located at 18001 Bass Pro Drive in Independence, Missouri. There are lots of activities for the kids and they can even get their picture taken with Santa himself. What a great way to make some holiday memories.
  • Malia Turner
    RE/MAX Heritage
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    Independence, MO
    Fun for all ages. Main Event is a family fun center that has bowling, laser tag, gravity ropes, billiards, and an arcade. There is so much to do here and I, myself, have experienced the fun that this place has to offer. Whether you are celebrating a birthday, retirement, anniversary, etc., there is endless entertainment here. Explore the many birthday packages they have to offer to make your kids birthday special. With different areas of entertainment, there is something for everyone here.

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