Missouri will commemorates its 200th birthday this summer with a number of events planned throughout July and August.
Aug. 10, 2021 will mark the 200th anniversary of Missouri’s entry as the 24th state to enter the United States. By celebrating the accomplishments and diversity of Missouri’s regions, event organizers hope to create a better understanding of Missouri and the ties that bind residents together.
The state’s Bicentennial Commission has a number of initiatives that can be found on their website, missouri2021.org. This includes pages dedicated to local events, including one for Clay County activities at this link.
The City of Kansas City is also planning a major event in Clay County on July 24 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Francois Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain. This event will feature a stage performance, Native American dancers, period fiddlers and banjo players, fur trapping re-enactors and the unveiling of the fountain’s fourth bronze sculpture. The fountain is located just north of Parvin Road at 3904 NE Chouteau Trafficway, Kansas City.
French pioneer Francois Chouteau is widely acknowledged as the founding father of Kansas City. In 1819, Chouteau and his cousin set up a temporary trading post on the Randolph Bluffs along the Missouri River in Clay County. Seeking a permanent location, they chose a site on the Missouri River a few miles from the mouth of the "River Canses," known today as the Kaw or Kansas River. Called Chouteau's Landing, the post was located near the north end of present-day Grand Avenue in Kansas City, and in 1821, it became the area's first permanent European-American settlement.
On Aug. 14, the Liberty Historic Square District will host a bicentennial-themed Farmers' Market. There will be family-friendly games and activities, historic highlights and many local vendors.