Summer 2018: Celebrate our Independence with Family Fun in Des Moines! -

Summer 2018: Celebrate our Independence with Family Fun in Des Moines!

dsm4kids’ Guide to Independence Day Fun includes a list of fireworks displays, festivals, parades and other family-friendly celebrations taking place across the Des Moines metro and beyond.  So, put on your red, white and blue, light some sparklers, and get ready to “Ooh!” and “Ahh!” as you enjoy some patriotic fun with your family this 4th of July! …Be safe and have fun!

Editor’s Note: This is a working list, so please check back often for new events and activities.  Know of an event that should be included? Email us the information.

We also have Fireworks Safety Tips and Fireworks Alternatives for Kids.

Here’s your guide to Independence Day Fun in Des Moines:


Prairie Meadows 4th of July Fireworks

July 3, 2018; Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino

SPAM, an all-girl band will play on the Budweiser Party Stage on the Track Apron beginning at 8:00 pm. You can see them perform classics of yesterday to the hits of today between the live racing and a huge fireworks display. All ages welcome.

Summer Sizzle Family Fun

July 4, 2018; Outlets of Des Moines

Enjoy a hot air balloon display, complete with a night glow. Explore the Iowa Speedway pace car and an Indy race car, FREE Kids activities – face painting & spin art. Relax with live music by Tony Bohnenkamp from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, and grab something to eat or drink from Over The Top & Booze Cruzer beverage truck. Activities start at 5:00 pm and shops remain open until 9:00 pm.

Des Moines

Goodguys 27th Heartland Nationals

June 29 -July 1, 2018; Iowa State Fairgrounds

Over 4,000 Rods, Customs, Classics, Muscle Cars and Trucks thru ’72 along with entertainment, live music, and a Saturday night fireworks extravaganza at approximately 9:30 pm.  General admission at the gate is $20.00 for adults, $6.00 for kids (ages 7-12) and FREE for kids 6 and under.

Iowa Cubs Home Games

July 1-3, 2018; Principal Park

What could be more patriotic than enjoying America’s Pastime over the 4th of July holiday weekend? The I-Cubs will take on the Redbirds and will end the evenings of July 2nd and 3rd win or lose with a Holiday Fireworks Spectacular.

Des Moines Symphony’s 25th annual Yankee Doodle Pops

Monday, July 2, 2018 at 8:30 pm; West Terrace, Iowa State Capitol

The Des Moines Symphony’s 25th annual Yankee Doodle Pops, Iowa’s largest single-day concert event, is a 4th of July tradition. This family-friendly and patriotic concert concludes with the area’s premier fireworks display over the downtown Des Moines skyline, and best of all, it’s FREE! Bring your picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs, or purchase food from an array of vendors at the concert. Participate in the Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger by bringing a non-perishable food item to the concert, and receive a discount offer for the Des Moines Symphony’s 2018-2019 Masterworks Season.

Military Appreciation Day

July 4, 2018; All Des Moines Pools

Des Moines Parks and Recreation thanks all military members for their service by offering them FREE admission to all Des Moines Pools. Family members will also receive half-priced admission for the day.


Home Base Iowa Fireworks Show

July 4, 2018; South Sports Complex

Celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s independence at the Home Base Grimes Independence Day Fireworks Show! Fireworks will begin at dusk.  Prior to the show, the Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department will be on hand displaying some of their rescue equipment.


Urbandale’s Annual 4th of July Celebration

July 2-July 4, 2018; Various Locations in Urbandale

Urbandale has an array of family activities planned such as a parade midway, 5K fun run, car show, fireworks and other special events and yummy food.  The parade starts at old City Hall at 10:00 am on July 4th.  It heads north on 70th Street, west on Aurora to 82nd Street.  Fireworks will light up the sky on Independence Day from Walker-Johnston Park at 10:00 pm.

Old Fashioned Fourth

July 4th, 2018; Living History Farms

Enjoy an old-fashioned Fourth with a historic Independence Day celebration in the town of Walnut Hill at Living History Farms from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Fun for the entire family including pie eating contests, foot races, spelling bees, watermelon seed spitting contests and more! There will be a flag raising ceremony at 11:00 am; then enjoy historic entertainment and an 1875-rules baseball game, which starts at 2:30 pm.


4th of July Celebration

July 4th, 2018; Centennial Park

Each year, Waukee hosts an all-day celebration of our nation’s independence. Activities start at 3:00 pm with a parade through the Historic Downtown that ends at Centennial Park where the fun continues for the rest of the day and night. Bring your friends and family for fun with inflatables, live music, food vendors and a spectacular firework show after dusk.

Windsor Heights

4th of July Fireworks     CANCELLED DUE  TO FLOODING

July 3, 2018; Colby Park

July 3rd will kick off the 4th of July Celebration! Food trucks will be available at the park and a live concert by Abby Normal will start at 6:00 pm.  Fireworks be shot off at 10:00 pm.

4th of July Parade

July 4, 2018; Colby Park

The annual 4th of July parade will start at 2:00 p.m. The route will travel 73rd Street to University Avenue to 66th Street to Colby Park, which will conclude the City’s 4th of July activities this year.

West Des Moines

Live at the Creek Concert Kick-Off

July 1, 2018; Jordan Creek Town Center

Enjoy live music by Decoy starting at 5:00 pm at the Jordan Creek Amphitheater.  The concert will be followed by am amazing firework display at dusk.

All Iowa Bash!

July 3, 2018; Valley Junction

Celebrate America at the All Iowa Bash! In Valley Junction. The festivities start at 3:00 pm and will celebrate all things Iowa with local vendors, crafts from Iowa makers, music from Iowa bands, and more. The evening’s festivities will be held in Railroad Park and the 100 block of 5th Street after the completion of the West Des Moines Independence Day Parade.

Independence Day Parade

July 3, 2018; West Des Moines

The parade starts at 6:30 pm from Valley West Drive (35th Street) and Ashworth Road.  From Valley West Drive the parade will proceed east to Vine, then south on Vine to 4th Street, and then south on 4th Street ending at Maple Street.

WDM 125 Pool Party

July 4, 2018; Holiday and Valley View Aquatic Centers

It’s a party! West Des Moines is celebrating 125 years with discounted admission to both of their aquatic centers.  Admission is $3.00 per person from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  The also have fun activities planned for the entire family.

Community Band Concert & Fireworks

July 4, 2018; Coneflower Shelters in Raccoon River Park

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of patriotic favorites starting at 7:00 pm at the Coneflower Shelter in Raccoon River Park.  The fireworks display will start at dusk and will be shot of over Blue Heron Lake.

What are YOUR family’s plans for Independence Day fun in Des Moines?  Let us know in the comments below.

Don’t forget to visit our calendar for even more Independence Day weekend family fun in Des Moines!

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