Independence Day is just around the corner! We have been so busy trying to beat the heat this year that it kind of sneaked up on us! Here are some fun ways to celebrate the 4th of July in and around Des Moines.
Altoona has fireworks at Adventureland Park Monday, July 4 around 9:30 p.m. Prairie Meadows will have a Fourth of July Extravaganza July 2, 3, and 4, with fireworks at dusk on Sunday, July 3. All ages welcome.
Ames’ parade will begin at 11 a.m. on the 4th on Main Street. They will be launching fireworks July 3 at dusk from the lot G7 at ISU. Note the construction on South 16th Street makes it a little tricky to get to an adjacent lot to watch the display. However, Reiman Gardens will be free to enter after 6 p.m. on 7/3 and would be a beautiful spot to view the show.
Ankeny Summerfest is July 7-10. The parade launches Saturday, July 9 at 9:00 a.m. There are plenty of things to do at this annual celebration including sports tournaments, a pancake breakfast, dance, carnival, ice cream social, and more!
Des Moines Symphony presents Yankee Doodle Pops July 1 at 8:30 p.m. on the West Terrace at the Iowa State Capitol Building. The evening will end with fireworks over the downtown Des Moines skyline.
There will also be fireworks July 4 after the Iowa Cubs games at Principal Park. Purchase tickets to the games here.
Grimes will be having fireworks at 10 p.m. on July 4 at the South Sports Complex.
Living History Farms will be celebrating Independence Day starting at 11 a.m. on the 4th with plenty of old-fashioned fun for the whole family, including a 19th century baseball game at 2:30 p.m. Details here.
Pella is hosting tons of festivities starting at 9 a.m. in Central Park, including fishing at Caldwell Park, a parade down Franklin Street at 1:30, and fireworks around 9:45 p.m. For more info, check their website.
Perry will have a parade starting at 10 a.m. on the 4th, the Al Welch Orchestra at the bandshell in the afternoon, an ice cream social, and more. Fireworks will begin at dusk. More info here.
Polk City has their annual Four Season Festival July 14-16, starting with The Peanuts Movie at Lakeside Fellowship. All other events will be on the Square starting at 2 p.m. July 15: art festival, Wii tournament, inflatables, car show, and more. Check out all the details here.
Slater has a big celebration beginning on July 2 at noon. Plenty of various tournaments, airbrush tattoos, inflatables, and more with fireworks at 10 p.m on the 3rd. On July 4, enjoy the parade at 10 a.m. More info here.
Urbandale hosts one of the largest celebrations in the area! On top of the fireworks display at 10 p.m. at Walker Johnston Park on the 4th, there is a carnival that starts Saturday the 2nd, a pancake breakfast, a parade at 10 a.m. on the 4th, and more! Find all the details here.
Waukee‘s celebration begins at 3 p.m. on the 4th with a parade through Historic Downtown and ends at Centennial Park where the day’s activities include inflatables, food vendors, live music, and more! Fireworks at dusk. More details here.
West Des Moines’ parade begins Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Valley High School and ends in Valley Junction. Check the route! Fireworks are at dusk at Raccoon River.
Jordan Creek Town Center is kicking off their Live At The Creek Summer Concert Series on July 3 at 5 p.m. with fireworks beginning at dusk. More info here.
Windsor Heights will have a parade at 1 p.m. on the 4th. There will be family-friendly activities (including face painting, inflatables, and more!), live music, food vendors, and a beverage garden. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. You can find more details here.
KCCI provides a fantastic list of all of the local displays and events! Check them out for more details and a more extensive list of local celebrations.