Fireworks and Fourth of July in Des Moines, Iowa

Fireworks and Fourth of July in Des Moines, Iowa

Fireworks and Fourth of July Events in Des Moines 2021

Fourth of July in Des Moines, Iowa is always filled with parades, carnivals, and fireworks. 2021 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 3 & 4

Enjoy your day full of rides and fun at Adventureland (make sure you grab your discount code), then catch the fireworks show afterward.

All Iowa Bash

July 3 at 3 to 11 p.m.

Valley Junction

Enjoy live music and activities before and after the West Des Moines Independence Day Parade!  A schedule of events will be posted soon. 

Ames Fourth of July Parade

July 4 at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 4th of July Parade, presented by Duck Worth Wearing, is one of the largest events of the summer! Don your red, white, and blue, and help us celebrate Independence Day at this family-friendly event.

Ankeny Firework Celebration

July 10 at 9:30 p.m.

Attend Celebrate Ankeny and one day event and catch the fireworks afterwards.

Celebrate Norwalk

July 3 – 4

Do not miss the parade and party in the city park on Saturday, July 3rd. Then breakfast at the fire station and fireworks on Sunday, July 4th. Learn more about details here.

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.

Des Moines Symphony 27th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops

Friday, July 2 at 8:30 pm, July 4 at 12:00 and 6:00 pm, July 5 at 11:00 am; Iowa PBS and Iowa Public Radio

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 27th 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 at 1 to 4 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.


10 p.m.

Celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s independence on Sunday, 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 3 at 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 6 & 9

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

Newton Fourth of July

July 4 at 6 p.m.

Enjoy a kids zone, entertainment, and fireworks.

Pella Fourth of July Celebration

July 5 at 9 a.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. This year the celebration will be on Monday, July 5th due to the 4th of July being on a Sunday.

Perry July 4 Celebration

July 4

They are easing back into tradition this year, bringing back some of your favorite 4th of July activities, including the parade at 11:30 a.m., vendors in the park (limited), as well as live music at the bandshell! Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Prairie Meadows

July 3 & 4

Enjoy live racing, music, and fireworks! Admission is free and all ages are welcome to enjoy.

Reiman Gardens – Independence Day Fireworks

July 3

Reiman Gardens is open all day on July 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to the conclusion of the fireworks display which is across the street from the Gardens. The Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to present the fireworks. Visitors may bring their folding chairs, coolers with food and drinks. No fireworks or sparklers are allowed inside the Gardens.


– 4

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


Each year, Waukee hosts a celebration of our nation’s independence. This year it’s expanding to THREE DAYS! Visit Centennial Park July 2-4, 2021 for these activities. Take a look at the entire schedule of events here. Fireworks are scheduled for Sunday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m.

West Des Moines Independence Day Parade + Fireworks 

The City of West Des Moines’ annual Independence Days Parade will be held on Saturday, 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. Firworks are scheduled for Sunday, July 4 at dusk approximately 9:30 p.m.

Windsor Heights Parade

July 3 at 4 p.m.

Join Windsor Heights for the 2021 Parade on July 3rd at 4 pm. The route will be confirmed by June 21st.

Windsor Height Independence Day Spectacular

July 3 at 6 p.m.

After you watch the parade join Nights in the Heights for food trucks and fireworks.

Winterset Cidery

July 3

Come out and enjoy an evening of live music and great cider in the beautiful Madison County countryside with Jesse Jaspers (4-6:30 pm) and the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (7-10 pm). We’ll also have the largest fireworks display in Madison County! $15 Cover Charge per vehicle (up to 6 people).

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