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.
Want to change up your Valentine's day? Try this challenge with a significant other, on your own, or with a friend. This challenge has you conquering 12 miles or if you want to aim for a half marathon, you can do a bonus mile. All you have to do is register for the race, then a packet will be shipped to you. You choose your location; it can be anywhere in Independence, but KCMO is also accepting this challenge. It can be indoors or outdoors and you can walk or run. You submit your results and earn a medal. There is limited registration, so if you are the athletic type or wanting to be more active this year, this would be something fun to try. Participants receive two cupids, 12 roses medals, a count of 12, one mile rose pins, a bonus pin if you do 13 miles, race bibs, and an optional finisher shirt. The price starts at $50. Make it a different and active Valentine's Day this year!