Recreation Programs & Community Events

Joplin Parks & Recreation is dedicated to providing programs that offer participants opportunities for social engagement. Our Recreation Division is responsible for planning and implementing a wide range of recreational, athletic, and cultural activities and events within the community. We encourage everyone to make recreation a part of their everyday life! 

We offer programs year-round at various locations throughout the city. Please visit the Department's Facebook events page or the online registration system for the most up-to-date program offerings.


Pre-registration for programs is generally required. Exceptions are made for some community events. To register for a program, visit our online registration system, call us at 417-625-4750, or stop by our office at 3301 W. 1st Street, Joplin.

We are constantly looking for new ideas for classes that the community would like to see offered. Please email us at if you have a suggestion for a class or program you would like to see offered!

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Joplin's 2021 Independence Day Celebration 

  • Sunday, July 4 at Missouri Southern State University

  • Parking lots open at 8:30 pm, Fireworks begin at 9:45 pm

In consideration of the Missouri Southern State University COVID Operation Plan, the 2021 Independence Day Celebration will be a fireworks-only show. The fireworks will be set off on the eastern side of the Missouri Southern State University campus on Sunday, July 4th at 9:45 p.m.
Area residents are welcome to watch the display from designated MSSU parking lots.
Parking lots will open at 8:30 p.m. with the fireworks show starting at 9:45 p.m. Ten minutes before the show’s beginning, crews will light a single firework for display to alert the audience of the impending start. The show will last approximately 20 minutes and will be set to music, which visitors can tune into 88.7 KXMS to experience.
The stadium and amenities will be closed to the public.

Old Fashioned Hayride 2016

​Old Fashioned Hayride - October 15, 2021

This family-friendly event is a wonderful way to enjoy an autumn evening under the stars. Old-fashioned tractor-drawn hayrides will take visitors through the park. Everyone is encouraged to bring their roasting sticks and have a weenie roast and make s’mores around the campfires. Costumes are optional, but encouraged!