News Happenings Around Town
A monthly message from your Mayor and City Council
Mayor's Message
What a month we've had! It's been very exciting to celebrate some great moments in Blue Springs the last few weeks from the ground-breaking at Whataburger, to the dedication of the Downtown Gateway Arch, and the new playground at Hidden Valley Park.

And that's not all, on July 4, the City is bringing back our beloved community Independence Day event and Fireworks display. This year, the event has changed locations to the Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium at Blue Springs South High School. Read more about the event below.

Speaking of fireworks, please remember to celebrate safely this Independence Day and be a good neighbor. Fireworks are legally allowed to be discharged on July 1-3, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on July 4, 2020 from 10 a.m. to Midnight. Please see below for more tips on how to be a good neighbor this Independence Day.
Out and About
Whataburger celebrates Blue Springs Groundbreaking
On June 24 we celebrated the official groundbreaking of the Blue Springs Whataburger location where I had the unique opportunity to take the first bite of a freshly made Whataburger in the Kansas City area.

Whataburger Blue Springs will be located at the old Winstead's site on 7 Hwy and is anticipated to open in late 2021. To accommodate the new restaurant and anticipated traffic, improvements will be made to the intersection on 7 Hwy and the Outer Road.
Blue Springs celebrates newest playground at Hidden Valley Park
On June 17, we celebrated the new playground at Hidden Valley Park. We commemorated the event with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a playground party with our Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Summer Camp kids. This play structure is just one of the many improvement projects from the 2017 1/2-cent Parks Sales Tax and we look forward to many more in years to come thanks to the renewal of the tax in April 2021. Read More
Main Street Gateway Arch Dedication
We celebrated a wonderful new landmark in Blue Springs this month at the Downtown Gateway Arch Dedication. Myself and Councilmembers Kent Edmondson, Chris Lievsay, Jerry Kaylor and Susan Culpepper were in attendance as well as several volunteers for Downtown Alive!, donors to the Gateway Arch and Downtown business owners. The Gateway Arch was funded through private donations raised by Downtown Alive!
Veteran Build Habitat for Humanity Groundbreaking
I had the honor of attending the Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity Veteran Build home groundbreaking for Navy Veteran Sean Webb who will become a future Blue Springs resident. Sean has many friends who are Veterans that will participate in building his new home.
City News
Celebrate Smart and Be A Good Neighbor

The City of Blue Springs and the Blue Springs Police Department want to help keep families safe this Independence Day and encourage residents to “Be A Good Neighbor.”
“Being a Good Neighbor means being mindful of your Blue Springs neighbors, the environment and the appearance of our community, including disposing of all debris after discharging fireworks. We need everyone’s help to keep our community operating as a clean, safe and enjoyable place to live and celebrate,” said Mayor Carson Ross. 

Police in Motion: Girls on Fire
Did you know the Blue Springs Police Department hosts a free summer day camp for middle school and teenage girls? Girls on Fire addresses the unique set of challenges facing young girls by encouraging healthy relationships, discipline, self-esteem, and health and wellness. Check out the latest edition of our Police in Motion video series to learn more about the program.
*Registration is closed for our 2021 camps, but watch our website and social media in early 2022 for a chance to register your teen girl next year.
COVID-19 and Blue Springs
Accessing the COVID-19 Vaccine
All Missouri adults age 16 and over are now eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine.
Anyone who is a Missouri resident and is old enough to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (16 years old to receive Pfizer; 18 years old to receive Moderna) can sign up for an appointment. A parent/guardian of individuals who are 16 or 17 must sign the consent form. 
Resident Tips and Tricks
Traffic Safety
Our community has suffered 15 fatality motor vehicle accidents in the last three years. Seven of those fatalities have occurred since the first of this year. Please drive safe and slow down.

What's Happening in Blue Springs
Red, White & Blue Springs
Sunday, July 4, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Blue Springs South High School.

Join us as we celebrate Independence Day this year. The event will be held at Blue Springs South High School at the Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium.
Gates Open at 6:30PM, 7:30PM Live Music featuring: Loose Change Band, 9:45PM Fireworks Display

Concerts in the Park
Sundays through August 29 from 6-8 p.m. in Rotary Park.

FREE concert in the park! Bring your lawn chairs, face masks and get ready for a great time. Food trucks will be on-site.
Contact Your City Councilmember:
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Carson Ross, Mayor 
City of Blue Springs