Fireworks and Fourth of July in Des Moines, Iowa

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Fireworks and Fourth of July Events in Des Moines 2022

The Fourth of July in Des Moines, Iowa is always filled with parades, carnivals, and fireworks. 2022 is going to be a huge year to celebrate! Take a look at all the fun scheduled in and around Des Moines, Iowa. Please note as more are announced we will continue to update this post and our event calendar.


July 4

Enjoy your day full of rides and fun at Adventureland (make sure you check our tips and tricks before you go), then catch the fireworks show afterward. This year catch Summer’s On! ft. Uncle Kracker with a free concert on the boulevard in the park from 8 to 10 p.m.

Altoona Fourth of July Parade

July 4 at 10 a.m.

Celebrate the Fourth of July in Altoona! On Monday, July 4th, the Altoona Area Historical Society is hosting a HUGE parade right down 8th Street! This is an awesome opportunity for you to showcase your brand, your business, float, or creativity!

The Altoona Fourth of July Parade will travel straight east on 8th Street. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. in front of the Altoona Public Library and end at 7th Avenue SE. Following the parade, an ice cream social will be held at Haines Park. Everyone is encouraged to spend the day in Altoona, visiting the Altoona Area Historical Museum, Adventureland Park, Prairie Meadows, the Outlets of Des Moines, and our many businesses. The parade is expected to last between one to two hours. 

All Iowa Bash

July 3 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Valley Junction

CELEBRATE FREEDOM under the Railroad Avenue Arch in Valley Junction with live music during and after the West Des Moines Independence Day Parade. Join Historical Valley Junction for great food and a drink in the beverage garden. This is a FREE all-ages show with kids’ activities provided. Please check the entertainment schedule.

Ankeny Firework Celebration

July 10 at 9:30 p.m.

Celebrate the last day of Ankeny SummerFest with a fun fireworks display.

Celebrate Norwalk

July 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Enjoy a parade in the AM and a party in the city park to Celebrate Norwalk! Outdoor safe event for the whole family. Live music on the City State Bank Stage, beer garden, yard games, street vendors, and food trucks. Bring a lawn chair and have fun. Do not miss a fireworks display at dusk.

Des Moines Pools

July 4

Free admission for active duty, retired, and veteran military personnel with military ID cards. The immediate family member with military personnel receives half-price admission. All ages. Double check which pools are open. Some may be closed due to staff shortages.

Des Moines Symphony 28th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops

Friday, July 1 at 8:30 pm

Each year, the Des Moines Symphony welcomes more than 100,000 Central Iowans to celebrate Independence Day at Yankee Doodle Pops, the largest single-day concert event in Iowa. This July, Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta and the musicians of the Des Moines Symphony are pleased to bring The Des Moines Symphony’s 28th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops to its largest-ever audience through a statewide broadcast in partnership with Iowa PBS and Iowa Public Radio.

Fourth of July Slip ‘n Slide

July 4 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Nahas Aquatic Center

Celebrate Fourth of July with some backyard fun. They will be creating a giant Slip N’ Slide on the north hill at Nahas. Participants will need to fill out a waiver before participating, anyone under 18 will need to have a parent/guardian sign their waiver.

3 at 9:30 p.m.


10 p.m.

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

Independence Day + Historic Baseball

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

Living History Farms

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. Be sure to arrive early to tour our historic farms, enjoy the town activities, and still have time to catch the Walnut Hill Bluestockings baseball game at 3:00 pm.

Iowa Cubs

July 2 & 3

The Iowa Cubs are in town playing Columbus. Catch the fireworks show after the game!

Newton Fourth of July

July 4 at 3 p.m.

Celebrate Newton, Iowa at Agnes Patterson Memorial Park. Activities begin at 3 p.m. Enjoy a kid’s zone, entertainment, and fireworks.

Perry July 4 Celebration

July 4

Catch the Parade at 10 a.m in Perry, Iowa followed by vendors at Pattee Park all day, live music at 6 p.m. at the bandshell, and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. The perfect way to celebrate Perry!


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Fireworks are scheduled for Monday, July 4 at 10 p.m.


3 & 4

Each year, Waukee hosts a celebration of our nation’s independence. Visit Centennial Park on July 3 and 4, 2022 for the annual parade, inflatables, live music, tournaments, fireworks, and more!

West Des Moines Independence Day Parade + Fireworks 

The City of West Des Moines’ annual Independence Days Parade will be held on Sunday, July 3 at 6:30 p.m.

A fireworks display will take place on the City/School Campus. There will not be a fireworks display at Raccoon River Park. Fireworks are scheduled for Monday, July 4 at dusk approximately 9:30 p.m.


Erin Huiatt

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