If you’re coming to visit us, you can’t miss one of the top things to do in Independence, Missouri: visit the historic Independence Square! This square is the perfect place to spend a whole day shopping, eating delicious food, and having fun with all the different activities you’ll find there.
You can enjoy horse drawn carriage tours on a beautiful day, and you can also get to know a little bit more about Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, by visiting the Truman Courthouse which is the main feature of the square, and Clinton’s Soda Fountain where the former President got his first job.
It seems like everything in town is somehow related to President Truman, and that’s because he never forgot his roots, was always very proud of them, and never strayed too far away from them. In turn, Independence, Missouri is very proud of having been the home of one of America’s top ten Presidents and it’s bound to not let his memory wash away.
The Independence Square is perfect for a one-day trip or a fun date night because it presents you with countless opportunities to do something different and to get in touch with the spirit of Independence at any time of the day. There are several restaurants, art galleries, shops, and if you come in August, you’ll get to enjoy the SantaCaliGon Days Festival which takes place from August 31st to September 3rd.
The SantaCaliGon Days Festival “commemorates the origin of the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon trails during the country’s great westward expansion by early pioneers”, according to their own site. More than that, the festival celebrates life, family, and fun!
You’ll find more than 400 arts, crafts, food, and commercial vendor booths, entertainment, carnival rides, a Ferris wheel, and games for the whole family. As for attractions, you’ll get to enjoy the Main Street 1849 Experience, the Little Miss/Mr. Independence contest, root beer chugging and ice cream eating contests, antique fire trucks, and more!
The Independence Square is not only about fun and entertainment for the whole family, it’s also about history. As mentioned above, the Truman Courthouse is the main feature of the square and it’s located at the very center of it. This is where President Truman served as Presiding Judge of Jackson County.
The courthouse was built in 1836, and in the last 175 years it has undergone many changes. The last renovation was done in 1933, and it was designed by George Fredrick Wallace under the guidance of President Truman.
At that time, the Courthouse was expanded so that all Jackson County departments would be at one place and a new office was created. Since 2008 the Truman Courthouse has been restored several times to maintain the integrity of the building, which is why it’s so well-kept today.
You’ll find the historic Independence Square at 202 W. Maple Avenue and you can contact the Independence Square Association at 816 461 0065 if you need any further information to plan your visit.