Fourth of July Events 2024

Get ready to party like it’s 1776. Iowa is bursting with patriotic pride and festive fun this Independence Day. Here are nine celebrations that promise a memorable Fourth of July in Iowa.

June 29 to July 4: Gowrie Independence Day Celebration

Gowrie 

One of the longest-running patriotic events in Iowa is the Gowrie Independence Day Celebration, a four-day red, white, and boom affair starting with a tractor ride on June 29, followed by pork loin dinner and bingo on July 2, and a carnival on July 3. The celebration culminates on July 4 with a golf tournament, Freedom 5K Fun Run/Walk, cruise car show, and stunning fireworks display over the water, making it a picturesque destination for celebrating Fourth of July in Iowa.
Cost: Free to attend.
For more information: www.gowrie.org/events-independence-day

July 2 to July 4: Urbandale 4th of July Celebration

Urbandale

This annual community event at Lion’s Park in the heart of Urbandale is an ode to celebrating the American spirit. Activities include a two-mile-long parade, a premier carnival featuring rides by Sam’s Amusement, entertainment garden, live music and more. Grab festive eats and treats like bloomin’ onion, corn dogs, funnel cakes, fried pickles and shaved ice from food vendors along Prairie Avenue. At 10 p.m., fireworks light up the sky.
Cost: Free to attend.
For more information: urbandale4thofjuly.org.

July 3: Village Independence Day Celebration 

Sheldon

Join Village Northwest Unlimited for a family-friendly, fun-filled evening on Wednesday, July 3. Food booths open at 5 p.m., carnival games and inflatables kick off at 6 p.m., and an outdoor concert by Big Time Grain Company is set for 7 p.m. After the sun sets, enjoy the night sky lit up with an inspiring red, white and boom fireworks display.
Cost: Free to attend.
For more information: www.villagenorthwest.org/events/independence-day.

yankee doodle pops
Yankee Doodle Pops

July 3: Yankee Doodle Pops

Des Moines

Held at the picturesque West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol, the Yankee Doodle Pops is a patriotic symphonic celebration you won’t want to miss. This year, the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra will be joined by legendary vocalist Hugh Panaro, who played the Phantom in over 2,000 performances of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Enjoy bites from Hotsy Totsy, Wahlbugers, Twisted Asian, Caribbean Kitchen, and Snappy’s Stick Fire BBQ. Bring a blanket to enjoy the harmonious blend of music in cozy comfort. 
Cost: Free to attend.
For more information: www.dmsymphony.org.

July 3 and July 4: Star Spangled Spectacular

Storm Lake 

If awe-inspiring parade, food and shopping vendors, a classic car show, a run around the lake, and fireworks are calling your name, head to Storm Lake this Fourth of July in Iowa. Explore local vendors and enjoy live music in the park during the two-day patriotic extravaganza. As dusk falls on the holiday, gather for a fireworks show that promises to ignite the light and let it shine.
Cost: Free to attend.
For more information: www.starspangledspectacular.net.

July 3 and July 4: 4thFest 

Coralville 

Coralville’s 4thFest is a multi-day event across multiple locations in the town. The festivities include live music, an arts and crafts fair, and a 4thFest 5K Walk/Run. However, the belle of the ball is the July 4th parade featuring creative floats, marching bands, local performers, and fireworks illuminating the night.
Cost: Most events are free to attend.
For more information: www.coralville.org/310/4thFest.

July 3 and July 4: Celebrate Indee

Independence

Where better to celebrate America’s birthday than in Independence? During the town’s Celebrate Indee in Riverwalk Parks, party-goers will enjoy a beach-wrestling tournament, a kid’s fun zone, a parade, magic shows, dance performances, and fireworks over the Waspinicicon River.
Cost: Free to attend.
For more information: www.celebrateindee.com.

Cedar Rapids 4th of July Freedom Festival
Fourth of July Freedom Festival

July 4: Celebration of Freedom Fireworks

Cedar Rapids 

Get ready for the sky to light up in red, white and blue at the Celebration of Freedom Fireworks this Fourth of July in Iowa. Enjoy music, food vendors, libations,  and a kid’s fun zone at this Cedar Rapids event. Enjoy music by Alisabeth Von Presley at the McGrath Amphitheater. Food vendors include Americana, Aroma Pizza, Hy-Vee, Kona Ice, La Reyna, Smileys, and That’s So Cheesy.  
Cost: Free to attend.
For more information: www.freedomfestival.com/calendar/fireworks.

July 3 to July 6: Charles City 4th of July Celebration

Charles City 

From July 3 to July 6, ​​Charles City offers a long weekend of family-friendly activities, including a kids’ parade, inflatable games, a sand volleyball tournament, a watermelon-eating contest, and a fireworks display on July 4. The celebration also features live music, a beer garden, and various food vendors, ensuring a weekend full of festive entertainment this Fourth of July in Iowa.
Cost: Free to attend.
For more information: www.facebook.com/CharlesCity4thofJuly.

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