Fourth of July is a great time to get out and experience what the metro can offer. Here’s a quick list of twn things to do this Fourth of July in Greater Des Moines.

Goodguys Heartland Nationals


Event: Goodguys 27th Heartland Nationals
Date: Friday, June 29 – Sunday, July 1
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. F; 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sat; 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sun
Location: Iowa State Fairgrounds
Admission: Day of $20; ages 7-12 $6; ages 6 & under free
Head to the Iowa State Fairgrounds for the Goodguys 27th Heartland Nationals Friday, June 29 through Sunday, July 1. See over 4,000 unique cars, enjoy live music and experience a fireworks show Saturday night. Kids are invited to play in the Kids Zone, filled with free arts and crafts, prizes and more.

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Event: Music Under the Stars – “Bourbon Street Parade”
Date: Sunday, July 1
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Iowa State Capitol – West Capitol Mall
Admission: Free
Pack your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets, gather friends and family, and come to Capitol Hill to enjoy some memorable performances on July 1. Band music features a diverse variety of standard and contemporary works by premier composers, played by the same musicians you would hear at a Civic Center Broadway show or a Des Moines Symphony Concert, for free!

Iowa Cub Fireworks Principal Park

Event: Iowa Cubs Baseball + fireworks show
Date: Sunday, July 1 – Tuesday, July 3
Time: 1:08 p.m. Sun; 7:08 p.m. M & T
Location: Principal Park
Admission: $9 general; $5 children; $7 seniors/military
Cheer on the Iowa Cubs as they play the Memphis Redbirds the first three days of July! Tickets start at just $9 for general admission; $5 for children and $7 for seniors/military. The Sunday, July 1 game will start at 1:08 p.m. Monday and Tuesday’s games will both start at 7:08 p.m. and will be followed by fireworks.

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Yankee Doodle Pops

Event: Yankee Doodle Pops/25th Year!
Date: Monday, July 2
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Iowa State Capitol 
Admission: Free
Come see the Des Moines Symphony’s 25th annual Yankee Doodle Pops on July 2! Bring your picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs to the Iowa State Capitol and enjoy the concert starting at 6:30 p.m. End the night with post-concert fireworks over the Des Moines skyline.

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4th of July Urbandale

Event: Urbandale 4th of July
Date: Monday, July 2 – Wednesday, July 4
Time: Varies
Location: Lions Park
Admission: Free
Experience one of the best and largest Fourth of July celebrations in Greater Des Moines! Head to the Urbandale Fourth of July celebration. Festivities start at 5 p.m. on Monday and run through 11 p.m. Wednesday. Experience carnival rides, live music and more! Enjoy a street dance from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Monday & Tuesday. Then spend Wednesday enjoying a 5k race, Fourth of July parade, soccer game, car show, live music 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

Event: All Iowa Bash
Date: Tuesday, July 3
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Historic Valley Junction 
Admission: Free
Celebrate America and all things Iowa at Historic Valley Junction’s All Iowa Bash on Tuesday, July 3! Try food and drink from local Iowa vendors, crafts from Iowa makers, live music from Iowa bands and more. The event starts at 3 p.m. and is free to everyone!

Festival of Racing Prairie Meadows

Event: Festival of Racing
Date: Thursday, July 5 – Friday, July 6
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino Hotel
Admission: Free
Come watch the nation’s top Thoroughbreds and jockeys take over the racetrack at Prairie Meadows this weekend, July 5 and 6! Enjoy watching the horses compete for more than $1 million in purses all weekend long. This fun, family-friendly event will have live music, tasty food and exciting races so don’t miss out!

80/35 Crowd

Event: 80/35 Music Festival
Date: Friday, July 6 – Saturday, July 7
Time: Music starts at 5 p.m. F; Noon Sat
Location: Western Gateway Park  
Admission: Tickets start at $52
Don’t miss the 80/35 Music Festival July 6 and 7. Catch headlining performances from Kesha, Courtney Barnett and more. Along with the pay-to-see main stage, check out 80/35’s free stages for up and coming acts and be sure to stop by the Brew Moines booth. Ticket prices start at $52.

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Event: Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market
Date: Saturday, July 7
Time: 7 a.m. - Noon
Location: Historic Court District
Admission: Free
Celebrate the holiday weekend with a trip to the Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market! Shop local vendors, enjoy live music and taste plenty of ready-to-eat foods. The market is open from 7 a.m. to Noon and will have fun options for the entire family.

Iowa Speedway

Event: ARCA Racing Series Iowa 150 & Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300
Date: Saturday, July 7 – Sunday, July 8
Time: 11 a.m. Sat; 10 a.m. Sun
Location: Iowa Speedway
Admission: Tickets start at $20
The ARCA Racing Series Iowa 150 will take the green flag on Saturday, July 7 and the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 on Sunday, July 8 at the Iowa Speedway! Watch as emerging stars compete on “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet.” Tickets start at just $20. 

Of course there are dozens of other events that will be happening throughout the week. You can find a list of events on our events calendar.