This coming week we celebrate Independence Day. Take your pick from several local celebrations! Last year was our first year attending in Des Moines. (There are a few things I wish I would have remembered to take with me: a small cooler with drinks and snacks, a bigger blanket to watch fireworks on, ear plugs for the little, a jacket, and extra sunscreen!) With plenty of local fireworks displays, parades, and celebrations in and around the metro to choose from, you’re sure to have a memorable holiday!
Altoona will have TWO fireworks displays at Adventureland: July 4 and 5 starting at 9:45 p.m.
Ames is celebrating their 150th birthday this 4th of July! It begins July 3 with Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Reiman Gardens. The celebration begins the evening of July 3 with birthday cake, barbecue, and live music at Reiman Gardens. The “Ames 150 on the 4th” celebration continues in Downtown Ames through Saturday, July 5, with live music, food, and family fun.
Ankeny Summerfest is July 10-13. With it comes a parade on the 12th at 9 a.m., a pancake breakfast, live music, and more!
Clive has their annual Clive Festival beginning July 17 and ending with “Thunder Over Clive” fireworks July 19 at 9:30 p.m.
Des Moines Symphony presents Yankee Doodle Pops July 3 at 8:30 p.m. at the Iowa State Capitol Building. Fireworks will be July 3 after the Iowa Cubs game at Principal Park.
Grimes will be having fireworks at 10 p.m. on July 5.
Living History Farms will begin their old-fashioned Independence Day celebration on July 4 at 11 a.m. You can read all about it here.
Norwalk Party Before the Works, Thursday, July 3, starts at 7 p.m. Fourth of July Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 4 and fireworks display will begin at dusk on July 4.
Pella invites you to join their old-fashioned Independence Day celebration on July 4 with an afternoon parade and activities in the downtown area. Fireworks are included at dusk.
Perry’s parade starts at 10 a.m., Friday the 4th. Al Welsh Orchestra at Pattee Park at noon. Various entertainers and vendors through Pattee Park all day. Concert at night, 6 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m.
Slater has a huge celebration beginning on Thursday and lasting through the whole weekend. They are also celebrating their 125th birthday. July 4: Parade at 10 a.m. and Fireworks at 10 p.m. More info here.
Urbandale will shoot their fireworks from the west side of Walker Johnston Park on July 4 at 10 p.m. They have much more going on starting July 2. For more details, click here.
Waukee had a fantastic celebration last year! This is the one my family and I attended and we were not disappointed! (This year, they’ve added a zipline!) It starts Friday, July 4 with their annual parade taking place throughout the downtown area, followed by entertainment and activities for all ages at Centennial Park, with their fireworks display at dusk. Info here.
West Des Moines will have Fireworks on July 4 at 9:45 p.m. at Raccoon River Park, 2500 Grand Avenue. Jordan Creek Town Center is kicking off their Live At The Creek Summer Concert Series on June 29, with fireworks beginning at dusk. Info here.
Windsor Heights will have a parade at 1 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m. on the 4th! 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.