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.
While well known for the Truman Library & Museum, Community Of Christ Temple, and The Square, this town has grown to be known for a lot more. Independence has many attractions such as the Bass Pro Shop, Independence Center Mall, The Miracle Mile of car dealers, and home of the Kansas City Mavericks. There are numerous amounts of high quality restaurants such as Old Chicago Pizza, Joe's Crab Shack, Twin Peaks, and Buffalo Wild Wings just to name a few. With an abundance of entertainment options, your family is sure to have a blast. Grow your family in Independence, a town with great heritage, and lively things to do. There's even a roller rink!