Progressive, rapidly growing, and attractive, Independence garnered its place on the map years ago when President Harry Truman made it famous as his hometown and “summer White House.” Thousands of visitors still flock to Independence to see the Truman home and browse through the Truman Historical Library and Museum. First-rate schools, easy access to institutions of higher education, and regional healthcare facilities make Independence a hub of activity. Retail activity is brisk in shopping malls and districts, known for their fine antique stores as well as name-brand merchandise. Historic Independence Square is a particularly charming area with more than 80 unique shops and eating establishments. During the holidays, glowing lights, carolers, and carriage rides make this an enchanting district. Considering the rich historic legacy of Independence, it is little wonder that Santa-Cali-Gon Days have become so popular throughout the region. This Labor Day extravaganza of food, fun, and entertainment features one of the nation’s finest arts and craft shows. The festival name is taken from the Santa Fe and Oregon trails, which all began in or near Independence. Lovely parks offer sports fields, tennis courts, swimming pools, playgrounds, camping, and picnic areas. Public and private golf courses and clubs are available in and near Independence.