July 4th Activities in Des Moines


4th of July Des MoinesCelebrate the 4th of July around Des Moines with parades, carnivals, music, and lots of summer treats!

July 4 | Independence Day + Historic Baseball, Living History Farms 
Celebrate a historic Independence Day in the town of Walnut Hill. 1876 marks the first centennial of the United States, and Living History Farms’ Independence Day activities show what this day meant to those in the 19th century, including a historic baseball game.

July 2 | Windsor Heights, Colby Park
The Windsor Heights Foundation invites you to celebrate America with music, food trucks, and fun. Des Moines’ favorite, ‘Faculty Lounge’ will be there to teach everyone how to ‘get down’! *Note, there will be no fireworks this year due to construction at the park.

July 3 | Yankee Doodle Pops, West Terrace, Iowa State Capitol
8:30 p.m.
This family-friendly, patriotic concert concludes with the area’s premier fireworks display over the downtown Des Moines skyline, and best of all, it’s free. Bring your picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs, or purchase food from an array of vendors at the concert.

July 3 | Junction Street Party, Valley Junction
Revel in the spirit of independence with live music, savor a variety of culinary delights from local food trucks, and unwind in the refreshing beverage garden for an unforgettable block party experience.

July 4 | Iowa Cubs, Principal Park, Des Moines
Watch the Iowa Cubs take on the Omaha Stormchasers and enjoy a holiday fireworks show afterward. 

July 3-4 | Waukee Celebration, Centennial Park
Festivities include inflatables, a parade, a fun run, bags tournament, ice cream social, live music, and more! Fireworks will follow a special skydiver demonstration by the Des Moines Skydivers on July 4.

July 3-4 | West Des Moines Independence Day Celebrations, West Des Moines
Check out their parade, horseshoe tournament, and community band concert over the weekend.

July 4 | Urbandale Annual 4th of July Celebration, Lions Park
The 2-mile-long parade is widely known throughout the Des Moines metro as the largest and most watched parade. Other events include a fun run, carnival, pie-eating contest, bags tournament, free kids activities, live music, fun run, and more!

July 4 | Altoona 4th of July Parade
10 a.m.
The parade starts on 8th Street SW, heads east, then ends at 3rd Avenue SE after turning north onto 3rd Avenue. 8th Street will be blocked at 8:00 am from 17th Avenue SW to Venbury Drive.

July 4 | Ames Fourth of July Parade
Ames’ Fourth of July parade will march down Main Street beginning at 11 am. 

July 6 | Winterset Cidery 4th of July POPUP, 1638 Hwy 169, Winterset
1 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Music from Sista and the Misters 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Cattleman serving 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., and fireworks @ 10 p.m. Cover is $25/car

What is your favorite 4th of July activity?


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