4th of July is a great time to get out and experience what the metro can offer. Here’s a quick list of eight things to do this 4th of July in Greater Des Moines.
26th Good Guys Heartland Nationals
Browse hundreds of hot rods and muscle cars at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Good Guys is back in town Friday, June 30 through Sunday, June 2! More than 4,000 custom and classic cars and trucks will be on display. Attendees can also catch a motocross show, swap meet, live music, a kid zone and more! Some of the fairgrounds food vendors will also open up for the event which means you can look at cool cars with a beer in one hand and a tenderloin in the other. Admission is $20 at the gate or $17 in advance. Get them here.
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Yankee Doodle Pops
The annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert starts at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 3 with fireworks following. Head over to the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol grounds early and mark your territory with blankets and/or chairs. A concert prelude will start at 6:30 p.m. and there will be food vendors nearby. Of course, feel free to bring your own snacks and food to this fun, free event.
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Live Music and Horse Racing
Nothing says summer like an outdoor concert. Spend Saturday, July 1 at Prairie Meadows Casino Racetrack & Hotel and enjoy a show on the track apron after live horse racing by rising country star Dylan Scott at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $20 for ages 3 and up. This is an all-ages show. Concert goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. Enjoy Live horse racing all weekend and on Monday, July 3, stick around for fireworks after the race finishes!
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Urbandale 4th of July Celebration
Experience one of the best and largest 4th of July celebrations in Greater Des Moines! Head to the Urbandale 4th of July celebration. Festivities starts on Saturday and run through Tuesday. Experience carnival rides, live music and more! Enjoy a street dance from 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Sunday & Monday. On Sunday, attendees can enjoy music in the park by Aurora with DJ “Dreams Unlimited” at 4 p.m. Then spend Tuesday enjoying a pancake breakfast, 5k race, 4th of July parade, soccer game, car show, jazz band and firework display. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and fireworks go off at 10 p.m.
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All Iowa Bash
Catch the All Iowa Bash starting at 4 p.m. on Monday in Historic Valley Junction. The event will feature Iowa food vendors, crafts, live music and, of course, district retailers will be open for business. The West Des Moines Independence Day Parade will also be July 3 at Valley High School ending at Historic Valley Junction. Live music will begin after the parade concludes.
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Live at the Creek
Head over to Jordan Creek Town Center for Live at the Creek at 5 p.m. Sunday night. You can enjoy live music from the amphitheater or one of the five lakeside patio restaurants surrounding it. Did we mention there will also be a beer and wine garden nearby? Enjoy a bite to eat, a cold drink and live tunes from the band Decoy in West Des Moines.
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Independence Day at Living History Farms
Experience an old-fashioned 4th of July celebration at Living History Farms. Take part in a pie eating contest, foot race, spelling bee and a watermelon seed spitting contest. Catch The Blustockings, a 19th century baseball team, play at 2:30 p.m. Grab the entire family for a day of friendly competition and exploration of the 1875 town of Walnut Hill!
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Grab your ball cap and head to Principal Park on Friday-Monday night to watch the Iowa Cubs take on the Round Rock Express. The game starts at 7:08 p.m. each night and the games on Friday, Sunday and Monday will end with a firework show above the Downtown Des Moines skyline. Grab a bite to eat at nearby Guru BBQ or Mullets before the game!
Of course there are dozens of other events like Music Under the Stars, sprint car races in Knoxville, Des Moines Menace, Jazz in July and local farmers markets that will be happening throughout the weekend. You can find a list of weekend events here. Enjoy!