Birthday Celebrations for 2015!

  • May 16: Opening of the 1965 Centennial Time Capsule & City Equipment Show | Time Capsule Opening at 10:30 a.m. | Full Day of Events 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

A time capsule was buried in 1965 as part of Lee’s Summit’s Centennial (100th) birthday celebration, and its contents will be revealed at its opening during the City of Lee’s Summit’s Big Truck & Equipment Show in front of City Hall. Kids of all ages also can climb up into the driver’s seat of some of the City’s biggest pieces of equipment. The Art & Artifacts Fair also will take place in the City Hall lobby in celebration of Historic Preservation Month

  • May 22-23: A Fair to Remember | Fri: 5-11 p.m. | Sat: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.A Fair to Remember

Did you know that Lee’s Summit hosted the Jackson County Fair for many years? The fair was held in Harris Park, and people from all over Jackson County and beyond traveled to Lee’s Summit to exhibit prize-winning livestock, enter homemade items and goods for judging and to celebrate their agricultural roots.

The Truly 150 Committee wants to take you back to that era with an old-fashioned County Fair event at Paradise Park, and the whole community is invited. There will be live musicians, a petting zoo, a baby contest, and much more. The event will also feature “Toby Shows,” which were traveling rural American theatre shows that were popular in the early twentieth century and featured vaudeville-type melodramas.

Calling for Volunteers:

  • July 25: Party in the Park | 7 – 10 p.m.

Celebrating our 150th Birthday at Summit Waves in a resort-themed paradise.


  • August 1: Celebrate 150! Parade and Event | Parade: 10 a.m. | Event TBA

Enjoy an historic-themed parade in Downtown Lee’s Summit dedicated to the Sesquicentennial celebration, followed by a community event at Lee’s Summit High School. The event will feature a variety of local organizations and performances, including music, dance, choral and more.

  • October 18: Founder’s Day Celebration
    What would you like to see included in the Sesquicentennial time capsule? The Founder’s Day Celebration event will take place at the new Lee’s Summit History Museum and includes the dedication of the Sesquicentennial Time Capsule.


  • December 11-12: Truly 150 – Magic & Memories
    The Truly 150 – Magic & Memories event at Lee’s Summit High School is the finale to the Sesquicentennial celebration, and will feature a performance by the Lee’s Summit Symphony and other special guests.