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

Event: Iowa Cubs Baseball + fireworks show
Date: Thursday, July 4 – Friday, July 5
Time: 7:08 p.m. 
Location: Principal Park
Admission: Ticket prices range from $14 to $16
Cheer on the Iowa Cubs as they play the Memphis Redbirds! Both games will start at 7:08 p.m. and will be followed by fireworks.

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Event: Goodguys 28th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals
Date: Friday, July 5 – Sunday, July 7
Time: Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Iowa State Fairgrounds
Admission: Ticket prices range from $10 to $60 
Head to the Iowa State Fairgrounds for the Goodguys 28th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals Friday, July 5 through Sunday, July 7. 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: Independence Day at Living History Farms
Date: Thursday, July 4
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Living History Farms
Admission: Ticket prices range from $9.50 to $16
Enjoy an old-fashioned fourth with an iconic, historic Independence Day celebration in the town of Walnut Hill. 1876 marks the first centennial of the United States, and Living History Farms’ Independence Day activities truly show what this day meant to those in the 19th century – a day of family fun. Families can take part in pie eating contests, foot races, spelling bees, the town parade, watermelon seed spitting contests, and more! To fit everything in, be sure to arrive early to tour our historic farms, enjoy the town activities, and still have time to catch the Walnut Hill Bluestockings baseball game at 2:30 p.m.

Yankee Doodle Pops

Event: Des Moines Symphony’s 26th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops
Date: Wednesday, July 3
Time: Concert prelude starts at 6:30 p.m., the concert starts at 8:30 p.m.
Location: West Terrace, Iowa State Capitol 
Admission: Free
Come see the Des Moines Symphony’s 26th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops on July 3! DART will detour its FREE D-Line shuttle and extend its hours to 11 p.m. to accommodate attendees. The Des Moines Bicycle Collective will also be offering a FREE bike valet on the Capitol grounds. The bike valet will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Bring your picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs, or purchase food from an array of vendors at the concert. End the night with post-concert fireworks over the Des Moines skyline.

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Event: Des Moines' 2nd Annual Fourth of July by the River
Date: Thursday, July 4
Time: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Location: Brenton Skating Plaza
Admission: Tickets range from $15 to $20
Join House of Leopold and Stutterbox Productions at Brenton Skating Plaza to celebrate the fourth. There will be music, food, drinks, dancing and more! 

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All Iowa Bash

Event: All Iowa Bash
Date: Wednesday, July 3
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Location: Historic Valley Junction 
Admission: Free
Try food and drink from local Iowa vendors, family fun, music from Iowa bands, and more! This event will feature live music, food and fun for the entire family. The celebration will be held in the 300 block of 5th Street before, during and after the completion of the West Des Moines Independence Day Parade (which ends at 4th and Maple in the heart of Valley Junction). 

Festival of Racing Prairie Meadows

Event: Prairie Meadows' Annual All-American Extravaganza
Date: Wednesday, July 3 – Thursday, July 4
Time:  3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino Hotel
Admission: Free
Come out to Prairie Meadows for some of the best days of summer. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Experience great food and drink specials, live racing, poker tournaments, fireworks and outdoor music. 

Downtown Des Moines Skyline with fireworks
Event: Des Moines Firecracker 5K
Date: Thursday, July 4
Time: Race starts at 9 a.m. 
Location: Peace Tree Brewing
Admission: Registration starts at $40, group discount rates available 
Celebrate America's birthday by running through the best city with your best friends! Post-run festivities to follow at Peace Tree Brewing. 

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Event: Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market
Date: Saturday, July 6
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.