Lighting up the sky

July 3, 2012 —

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

Des Moines: Yankee Doodle Pops will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. by the Des Moines Symphony at the Iowa State Capitol Grounds.

The Iowa Cubs take on Omaha at Principal Park tomorrow night, a fireworks extravaganza to follow.

Altoona: Prairie Meadows fireworks display starts at dusk tonight.

Indianola: Activities in the evening followed by fireworks at 10 p.m. from the Balloon Field on Wednesday, July 4.

Norwalk: Parade at 10 a.m., park festivities following parade, fireworks at dusk at McAninch Sports Park on Wednesday, July 4.

Urbandale: Festive activities throughout today and tomorrow including a carnival and one of the largest parades in central Iowa. Fireworks are at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4.

Waukee: The July 4th parade will begin at 2 p.m. Celebration will continue after the parade in Centennial Park with a variety of entertainment. A fabulous fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m. Live music will be provided from 6-9:30 p.m.

West Des Moines: Valley Junction hosts its annual Independence Day street party tonight starting at 6 p.m. with a concert by the Tony Valdez Large Band, a beer garden, food vendors following the West Des Moines Independence Day parade (starting at 6:30 p.m.).

Windsor Heights: Colby Park starts their fireworks display at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, 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.