Fireworks for the Fourth

June 30, 2011 —

Des Moines fireworksList of all fireworks displays & events in Des Moines and surrounding areas:

Des Moines: Yankee Doodle Pops will be held tomorrow, Friday, July 1 at 6:30 pm by the Des Moines Symphony at the Iowa State Capitol Grounds.

Enjoy an old-fashioned Fourth at Living History Farms this holiday weekend from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. Sunday is an All-American Ice Cream Float Day with free root beer floats, Civil War era music in the bandstand from 1-4, games, and a children’s craft. On Monday, enjoy an old-fashioned Fourth with a historic Independence Day celebration in the town of Walnut Hill including pie eating contests, foot races, spelling bees, watermelon seeding spitting contests and more! Games begin at 11am, then enjoy a concert by the Walnut Hill Choral Society at 12:30 followed by a patent medicine show at 1:30. At 2 pm, join in an 1875 vintage Independence.

Altoona: Prairie Meadows fireworks display starts at dusk on Sunday, July 3.

Ames: 4th of July Community pancake celebration 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Fourth of July parade at 11 a.m. During the celebration, free pancakes, sausage, and coffee will be served at the front entrance of City Hall, 515 Clark Ave. The Ames Jaycees will provide fireworks at 10 p.m. All activities take place on Monday, July 4.

Carlisle: Fireworks at dusk on Monday, July 4 at North Park.

Chariton:Fireworks at 10 p.m. at Northwest Park on Saturday, July 2.

Creston: Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. on McKinley Lake on Monday, July 4.

Indianola: Fireworks start at 10 p.m. from Pickard Park on Monday, July 4.

Norwalk: Parade at 10am, park festivities following parade, fireworks at dusk at McAninch Sports Park on Monday, July 4.

Urbandale: “Swing with the Red, White and Blue” activities throughout the weekend including a carnival and one of the largest parades in central Iowa. Fireworks are at 10 p.m. on Monday, July 4.

Waukee: Fireworks launch at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, July 4 from Centennial Park.

West Des Moines: Parade and street party with live music to follow in Valley Junction at 5 p.m on Sunday, July 3. Fireworks start at dusk over Blue Heron Lake at Raccoon River Park, 2500 Grand Avenue on Monday, July 4.

Windsor Heights: Colby Park starts the fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, July 4.


With a deep love for her hometown, Nicole Branstad is pro-Des Moines and is constantly touting its many events and attractions. When she isn’t out exploring the city she likes to spend time with her husband Marcus and their son Everett. She enjoys hosting lavish dinner parties, collecting wine and buying fresh flowers at the downtown farmer’s market. Nicole works in the marketing & communications department as the online marketing-enrollment coordinator.

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