Holiday weekend fun!

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!)

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