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Fireworks and Fourth of July Events in Des Moines

Fourth of July, Des Moines, Iowa fireworks, carnivals, parades, summer 2019

Fireworks and Fourth of July Events in Des Moines 2019


Fourth of July fireworks, events, activities and more happening in Des Moines, Iowa this summer 2019.

Outlets of Des Moines 

July 3; 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Park and Shop at Outlets of Des Moines. Then take the FREE express shuttle to view the Prairie Meadows fireworks. Express Shuttle to run July 3, 6pm-12am. Shuttle pick up located at Bus Pavilion, near VF Outlet.

Prairie Meadows’ Annual All-American Extravaganza

July 3; 3 to 10 p.m.

Come out to Prairie Meadows for some of the best days of summer. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Free outdoor concert by SPAM. Fireworks at dusk.


; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 4th of July Parade, presented by The Loft, is one of the largest events of the summer, and attracted thousands of attendees last year! What a great connection between Main Street and the city of Ames!

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 Young Professionals of Ames, the City of Ames and Iowa State University 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. If it rains on July 3, the fireworks will be moved to July 5.



Take a look at the full schedule of the festival here.







4th of July by the River at Brenton Skating Plaza

July 4; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Please join House of Leopold and Stutterbox Productions at the Brenton Skating Rink downtown to celebrate our nation’s 243rd anniversary… let freedom ring! There will be music, food, dancing, entertainment, games, drinks, and a beautiful view of our city’s skyline!

Line-up will be announced soon! For now, know that we are planning on a day of rock, hip hop, and DJs to provide the music all day and into the night.

Come and celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s independence on Thursday, July 4th at the Home Base Grimes Independence Day Fireworks Show!


July 26 & August 3 at Dusk

Enjoy a fireworks display on the first and last Saturday of the National Balloon Classic.

4th of July Parade

July 4; 10 to 11 a.m.

Join some of your favorite superheroes at this FREE, family-friendly event! Be sure to bring some big buckets to fill up with candy!!

4th of July Celebration

July 4; 10 a.m to 9:30 p.m.

Parade, food, vendors, and fireworks at dusk. Do not miss this all day celebration.









Join the fun of the annual Independence Day Parade. Make sure to check the website as this year’s route is a bit different than previous years. Click heading above!



Fireworks Display 

July 3 at dusk

Enjoy a fireworks display over the Blue Heron Lake in Raccoon River Park.

4th of July Backyard Bash at Smash Park

July 4; 11 a.m. to Midnight

Party in the sunshine all day with a grill out in the afternoon and a FREE HOG ROAST starting at 5 PM with pork, corn, and coleslaw, sponsored by Iowa Pork Producers Association and Berkshire Farms!

Grab your favorite classic cocktail, ice cold beer, or snag one of our delicious American-themed drink specials from any of our three bars!

It’s not a party without some American favorites jamming out on the speakers! A DJ will be spinning America’s favorite songs from 5-9 PM.

And as always, join us for all of our shenanigans!
Sidewalk chalk will be available to draw and play with for all, as well as:
– Face painting, airbrush tattoos and balloon animals from noon-5pm

Grab your friends and family and celebrate America at Smash Park!

Nights in the Heights 

July 4; 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy live music from Abby Normal followed by the City of Windsor Heights sponsored fireworks. Food trucks Up in Smoke, The Outside Scoop and The Wine Wagen will be present.

4th of July Parade 

Join The Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce for the 4th of July Parade on Thursday, July 4th at 4 pm!

After the parade, head to Colby Park for Nights in the Heights celebration with live music and food trucks followed by fireworks, hosted by The Windsor Heights Foundation!

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