Fourth of July Events + Fireworks 2017

There are tons of ways to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Each community has a ton to offer. There are parades, festivals and fireworks all over. If I am missing your Fourth of July event, please let me know. Make sure to always check our event calendar for more events and activities.


Prairie Meadows 

July 3; 9 p.m.

Enjoy fireworks after the races.


July 4; 9:30 p.m.

Spend the day at Adventureland and enjoy fireworks for in park guests only.


Downtown Ames

4th of July parade 

July 4

Largest event of the Summer sponsored by Duck Worth Wearing. There will be a parade and a Billy Riley Talent Competition. Find parade route here.

Reiman Gardens

Independence Day Fireworks

July 3 at dusk

Reiman Gardens will be open all day on July 3 starting at 9 a.m. until the conclusion of the fireworks display. Families are encouraged to bring folding chairs, coolers with food and drinks. All fireworks and sparklers must stay outside the fence. Rain date will be July 5.


Ankeny SummerFest Fireworks 

July 9 at 10 p.m.

Ankeny will shoot off their city firework display on the final day of Ankeny SummerFest. Ankeny SummerFest runs July 7 – July 9. They will be shot off over Prairie Ridge Pond.


Carlisle 4th of July Parade

July 4; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The wonderful people of Carlisle have invited the Justice Corps of Iowa back for their amazing Indepence Day, 4th of July Parade! Fun for the whole family. We hope to see you there!


Clive Festival Fireworks

July 22 at dusk

Clive will shoot of their city fireworks on the final day of the Clive Festival which runs July 20 – 22. Complete details have not yet been posted. Check here for updates.

Des Moines

Yankee Doodle Pops 

July 3 at 8:30 p.m.

This year is the 24th year the annual Yankee Doodle Pops. This Des Moines classic event is family-friendly and includes a patriotic concert from the Des Moines Symphony. It concludes with a firework display over the downtown Des Moines skyline. The entire event is free. Bring chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets. There will also be vendors available.

Iowa Cubs

July 2 & July 3

7:08 p.m. game; Fireworks display after game. Buy tickets here!

The Iowa Cubs regularly shoot off a fireworks display during the baseball season. On July 2 & July 3 after the baseball game against Round Rock Express, there will be a special Holiday Fireworks display. Take a look here for all the scheduled dates for fireworks at Principal Park.

Military Day

July 4; All Des Moines Parks and Recreation Pools

Anyone in the military can swim free for the day. Family members can receive half-priced admission.

Good Guys Heartland Nationals

July 1


The Good Guys Heartland Nationals runs June 30 – July 2.  The firework display is scheduled for Saturday, July 1. The entire weekend is for the entire family and includes a Kids Zone with free arts and crafts, games, prizes and much more.


Home Base Iowa Fireworks Show

July 4; 10 to 10:45 p.m.


National Balloon Classic Fireworks Display 

Details to come!


Fourth of July Activities

July 4; 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Lots of great activities including a kid zone, live music, fireworks and more!


4th of July Celebration

July 1 – July 4

The entire holiday weekend is filled with races, carnival games, rides, foods, vendors and a firework display on Tuesday, July 4. The fireworks will be shot from Walker Johnston Park.

Independence Day at Living History Farms 

July 4; Open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Activities 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This is an old fashioned event for the entire family. There will be pie eating contests, foot races, spelling bees, watermelon seed spitting contests and more. There will also be a Victorian street parade. The historic baseball game begins at 2:30 p.m.

Happy 4th of July at Hotel Renovo

July 4; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Celebrate the Red, White and Blue with our patriotic pours! Stop by before the fireworks to enjoy food and drink specials at the Renovo Bar.


Fourth of July Celebration 

July 4 at 3 p.m.

The Waukee Fourth of July Celebration will kick off with a parade starting in downtown Waukee into Centennial Park. There will be inflatables, live music, food vendors and a fireworks show at dusk.

West Des Moines

Live at the Creek 

July 2; 5 to 10 p.m.

Enjoy a live concert by Decoy at Jordan Creek Towncenter. Concert begins at 5 p.m. They will shoot off fireworks at the end of the evening. This is a free event for the entire family.

West Des Moines Independence Day Parade

July 3;  Starts at 6:30 p.m.

Will end at the All Iowa Bash in Valley Junction.

All Iowa Bash – Valley Junction 

July 3; 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Celebrate America’s holiday with a fun festival in Valley Junction. There will be live music, food and fun for the whole family. The West Des Moines Independence Day Parade will end in the heart of Valley Junction during the event.

Holiday Classic Horseshoe Tourney

July 4; Starts at 9 a.m.

Held at Holiday Park. For more information call 681-1937.

Aquatic Special 

July 4; Noon to 6 p.m.

$3 per person; Celebrate Independence Day swimming at various WDM Aquatic Centers.

Raccoon River Park 

July 4 at 7 p.m.

Enjoy a band concert by the Coneflower Shelters starting at 7 p.m. At dusk, enjoy the annual fireworks over Blue Heron Lake in Raccoon River Park.

Windsor Heights

July 4 Celebration 

July 4; 2 to 10 p.m.

Celebrate 4th of July in Windsor Heights. There will a parade, and festival located in Colby Park. Have fun playing on inflatables, playing games on a video game truck, live music, vendors, and more. Wristbands available for inflatables. Fireworks will conclude the evening at 10 p.m.



Erin Huiatt

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