Flags 4 Freedom

Next date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 | 07:00 AM to Saturday, July 10, 2021 | 10:00 AM

Rows of American Flags blowing in the wind from ground looking up to flags

Each year, Downtown Merriam and the surrounding area transforms into perfect rows of patriotic pride as Flags 4 Freedom volunteers place more than 1,500 United States flags at the Merriam Marketplace, 5701 Merriam Drive and along Merriam and Johnson Drive. Everyone is invited to stop by during the week around the Fourth of July to view an astonishing display that honors our nation.

2021 Schedule

Saturday, June 26

Flag display set-up by volunteers at Merriam Marketplace at 7 a.m.

In an effort to keep volunteers safe, the flag field will be limited to the Merriam Marketplace for 2021.

Sunday, July 4

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the annual concert will not take place this year; instead, we encourage visitors to stop by the flag field and spend their time as a day of reflection. 

Saturday, July 10

Flag display ends at 10 a.m.

Flag Dedication / Yellow Ribbons

Dedication ribbons on flags Yellow ribbons can be dedicated for a donation of $15 each.

Dedication ribbons will be listed in the dedication book by last name of “dedicated to”; the name of the donor will also be listed.

Ribbons in good condition will be retained for display in future years.



Sponsorship Opportunities

Patriot Level     $1,000+

  • Recognition on the community center’s GivingTree
  • Sponsor banner
  • Event promotions*
  • Website

Liberty Level    $500+

  • Recognition on sponsor banner
  • Event promotions*
  • Website

Citizen Level    $250+

  • Recognition on event promotions*
  • Website

Flag Sponsorship    $100+

  • Recognition on website


*Deadline for inclusion in the event promotions is the last Friday of May


Event History

The Flags 4 Freedom flag display, celebrated with patriotic programs and ceremonies, is created by an enthusiastic group of local volunteers. Everyone is invited to stop by during the week of July 4th to view an astonishing display of patriotism and community pride.

In 2006, the first-ever HEALING FIELD® in the State of Kansas was hosted in downtown Merriam. Over 1,200 flags were placed, and thousands of visitors visited the display over the three-day event. A patriotic program with a vintage warplane fly-over was conducted on the 4th of July. In 2007, Shawnee volunteers joined the Merriam group, extending the flag display along Johnson Drive into downtown Shawnee.

All proceeds from the Flags 4 Freedom event will benefit the Merriam Parks, Recreation, and Community Center Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization created in 1988. The Foundation supports City of Merriam parks, recreation facilities, and programs. Fund raising proceeds directly finance: youth and adult programs scholarships, purchases of equipment, purchases of original works of art for city buildings, summer concerts in Merriam parks and the Tim Murphy Art Gallery.

Flags 4 Freedom flags are available for use by other organizations (although not during our annual flag display). The flags were safely stored and protected from weather at no charge for many years thanks to the generosity of Merriam Feed, Lawn and Garden.  The flags are now safely stored at the City of Merriam Public Works facility. For more information regarding how to utilize flags, please reference the Flag Usage Policy(PDF, 342KB) .



  • Saturday, June 26, 2021 | 07:00 AM - Saturday, July 10, 2021 | 10:00 AM


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