Fireworks in Des Moines, Iowa

Fireworks in Des Moines, Iowa

Fireworks and Fourth of July Events in Des Moines 2020

Fourth of July in Des Moines, Iowa is going to look a bit different this year. There may not be as many carnivals and parties, but there will be fireworks! We have gathered a list of places where you can celebrate the Fourth of July in Des Moines. If we are missing your event, please let us know and we will get it added.

Please note as more are announced we will continue to update this post and our event calendar.


July 3 at Dusk; Prairie Meadows

Enjoy live racing, outdoor music, and a spectacular fireworks display when you spend your fourth of July weekend at Prairie Meadows. 

We have two ways for you to enjoy our fireworks show. Watch from the comfort of your car and tune your radio to 100.3 The Bus to hear our music synchronized to the fireworks show. OR, watch the show trackside by purchasing a ticket for $20. Limited quantity of tickets are available to ensure your safety through proper social distancing. All attendees must have a ticket. Face coverings are required. Click or tap below to purchase tickets. Only 2,000 tickets available.

Parking will be limited. Additional parking can be found at our partner location, Outlets of Des Moines.

July 3 & 4 at 9:30 p.m.; Adventureland Park

Spend the day playing at Adventureland Park and catch a firework show to end the day.

Ankeny Firework Celebration

July 11 at 9 p.m.

There may not be an Ankeny SummerFest celebration this year, but join Ankeny SummerFest and the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce for a safe and responsible community celebration with many exciting opportunities to Celebrate Ankeny this July.

The approximately 20-minute fireworks celebration will fill the skies above the Prairie Ridge Pond on Saturday, July 11, at 9 p.m. The fireworks will be in the same location as the traditional Ankeny SummerFest Fireworks.

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10 p.m.

Celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s independence on Saturday, July 4th at the Home Base Grimes Independence Day Fireworks Show! Fireworks are set off at the Grimes South Soccer Complex.

Living History Farms

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

Enjoy an old-fashioned Fourth with an iconic, historic Independence Day celebration in the 1876 town of Walnut Hill. 1876 marks the first centennial of the United States, and Living History Farms’ Independence Day activities truly show what this day meant to those in the 19th century – a day of family fun.

Historic Baseball Game; July 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Watch the origins of “America’s Greatest Pastime” as the Walnut Hill Bluestockings play 1870’s rules baseball. The team, made up of LHF volunteers, follow Gentleman’s rules, which include: no mitts allowed; the batter, or “striker”, gets to call the pitch; and no cussin’ or spittin’.

This season they have removed the bleachers. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket to watch the game and spread out from other visitors. Arrive early to tour the rest of the museum before the game in the afternoon.

Pella Fourth of July Celebration

July 4 at 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The Pella 4th of July Committee and the City of Pella are excited to announce that they are moving forward with plans for the Fourth of July Celebration. Due to COVID-19, the event will look different in many ways but they still hope to provide a safe, family friendly event celebration our country and our city. Click link above to stay updated with annoucnes.


at 10 p.m.


offer the popular fireworks show and a new skydiver demonstration on Saturday, July 4.

The carnival, parade, live music, food vendors, and Movie in the Park will not go on as planned for 2020. However, the City is still able to offer an exciting appearance from the Des Moines Skydivers. Professional skydivers will jump from an airplane and land in Centennial Park at 8 p.m. People can come for the skydivers and stay for the fireworks! The popular fireworks display will be held at Centennial Park shortly after dusk or approximately 9:30 p.m.

West Des Moines Fireworks Display 

July 4 at dusk

A limited fireworks display will take place on the City/School Campus. There will be no fireworks display at Raccoon River Park due to the large number of spectators attracted to the park, restricted access into and out of the park, and the fact that the fireworks can be viewed from only limited areas.

Erin Huiatt

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