Holiday weekend fun!

July 2, 2009 —

In case celebrating America’s birthday AND having a 3-day weekend is not exciting enough for you, there’s TONS to do around Iowa this weekend!!

sparklerA huge event downtown is the 80/35 music fest. I went last time and it was AWESOME. If you buy a ticket you can see tons of bands. If you don’t want to buy a ticket, you can still enjoy some of the fun. Fireworks at night, a Young Professional village, etc.

Or you can attend the GoodGuys car show – hot rods and customs – Friday-Sunday. It includes cars, tunes & fireworks; always a good time! Living History Farms is having a big celebration.Or Friday night, enjoy old-time patriotic tunes for FREE at Jester Park, 6-8 p.m., or catch a concert at Fort Des Moines. In the mood for some blues with your red&white? Attend Blues Before Sunset. It’s free & family-friendly. For more great events, visit or check out the Des Moines Register’s guide.

Local suburbs have a good time with this holiday. Some, like Urbandale, are known for all-out festivities. Waukee has a 2-day celebration. Valley Junction is celebrating Friday, Windsor Heights & Norwalk & West Des Moines on Saturday.

Some of my favorite firework locations:
Prairie Meadows, Urbandale, Adventureland, Iowa Cubs and one I haven’t seen but would like to attend this year: Saylorville Lake.

Whether you make s’mores over a campfire, march in a parade or sit back and watch the fireworks, I wish you a very patriotic and fun Fourth of July. Please be safe!!!

(Andrea’s Friday healthy recipe feature will resume after this holiday weekend!)

Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.