Throw on that red, white, and blue!

Join us, July 4th for Uncle Sam’s favorite race – Four on the 4th!


7:30 AM on July 4th, run or walk 4 miles along Ward Parkway to celebrate Independence Day.  

Participants receive a tech shirt or tank, festive giveaways, patriotic snacks, and finisher medals as bold and charming as the American dream!

Finish Line Festival at the Ward Parkway Pavilion

Running or walking is fun, but celebrating afterwards is the payoff!

Once you finish, pick up your treat, check your results and watch the kids in the fun run.

We’ll have a photo backdrop (with props) for that ideal July 4th photo, plenty of giveaways from our Sponsors,  and food.

Kids Fun Run
An approximately 200 yard run, that starts at 8:45 AM, or after the last 4 mile runner crosses the finish line. Fun Run participants receive a short sleeve cotton race shirt, medal and goodie bag.


The race starts and finishes at the Ward Parkway Pavilion.  Course Map

Registration and Pricing

  Through 6/4
6/5-7/2 7/3-7/4
4 Mile $34 $38 $42
4 Mile -Team of 4+
$30 $34 $38
Kids Fun Run $12 $12 $16
Virtual Race
$34 $38 $42


Packet Pick-up   

July 3rd, Noon to 6 PM

Garry Gribbles Running Sports
8600 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114

July 4th, Race Morning 6 AM to 7:30AM  

Ward Parkway Center Pavilion
8600 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114

*You can pick up packets for other people as long as they know you’re picking it up.

Concierge Pick-Up for Groups: Save time and have us pull your shirts and bib numbers before you arrive! Send each group members name and we’ll package them together for easy pick-up. Email your participant info to by July 2nd to take advantage!

Schedule of Events
6 AM-7:25 AM: Packet pick-up and race day registration (please arrive at least 30 min early if you’re registering)

7:30 AM: 4 Mile Run/Walk begins
7:45 AM: Post race festivities begin
8:30 AM: Awards Ceremony
8:45 AM (or after last 4 Mile finisher): Kids Fun Run

Park in the overflow lot on the west side of State Line Rd, across from Ward Parkway Center.   Parking Map

We have tanks for women and short-sleeved shirts for men. (Women – you can trade for a shirt if you don’t want a tank!)

All runners are guaranteed a Four on the 4th shirt, if they register before June 14th. If the shirt size you chose does not fit, you can exchange it after the race starts, in the packet pickup area.

Strollers Welcome
We ask that walkers with strollers start behind the runners so everyone will be safe! No runners with earbuds, motorized vehicles, roller blades, bikes or dogs will be allowed on the course as our insurance policy does not cover these.

Participants will be timed using disposable chip timing. The timing chip is attached to the back of your bib number and should be
attached like this. Your time will begin when you cross the starting line, not when the race begins.

Results are posted here, as well as at   Sign up HERE to have your results texted to you immediately.

Look for the photo op area where you will find a backdrop, inflatables and Uncle Sam! Post your photos on social media with the hash tag #4onthe4th. Pictures from the event will be 24 hours after the race!

All participants will receive a finisher’s medal upon completing the race. There are special awards for:

  • Top 4 overall male & female finishers
  • Top 4 male & female finishers in these age groups: 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
  • Fastest team of 4+
  • Best dressed team of 4+

If you won an award, go to the “Awards” tent after the race.  Can’t stay? Friends may pick up your award.

If you are unable to pick up your award, it will be available at the RaceDay Events Office (208 W 79th St, KC, MO 64114) beginning the Tuesday after the race. Please email us before you stop by,

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Registration fees are not refundable under any circumstance.  Race registrations can be transferred to another participant or to another distance.  Save your login so you can do this yourself.

If this race is cancelled for any reason, all registered participants will automatically become virtual runners. If the race is postponed, all participants will be registered for the new date.   Shirts, medals and swag will be available for pick up.

Registrations cannot be transferred to another year or another race.

The Race Director reserves the right to modify or cancel the race or course for safety concerns, road condition, permit concerns or natural disaster. Each athlete must accept this risk of their entry fee paid. Registration fees collected are used to develop and produce the event, starting in advance of the race date, including course preparation, race supplies, permits and administration. Every effort will be made to produce a fair and safe event for all participants. Any decision made that impacts the race date or potential cancellation is carefully considered and based on the overall event safety, sustainability and manageability.

If you want to be guaranteed a refund, purchase race insurance for yourself. Travel insurance companies will cover your race registration and any travel costs you might have.

Weather: The event will not be cancelled because of rain, snow or extreme temperature. 

If there is lightning , the event will be postponed for a minimum of 10 minutes until no signs of the storm are present. Participants should seek shelter in their vehicles or a nearby building if available. If lightning continues 10 minutes after the scheduled event start, the race will be subject to cancellation.

The race will be canceled in the event of a tornado warning.

For additional information, contact