Is there any better place to celebrate America than smack dab in the middle of the heartland? We think not. Whether it’s live music, hitting up the pool, or watching fireworks, Greater Des Moines has a little slice of Americana for everyone. Check out these ideas that will ensure your Fourth of July holiday pops off!
Head out for a day of thrills and chills at Adventureland. Going to Adventureland is always a fun-filled day on its own, but the holiday weekend is full of other events as well. Throughout the entire holiday weekend, enjoy live music, food, fireworks, and more! Take part in the long weekend with a concert from the Spazmatics on July 4, and finish off your evening with fireworks! See the whole schedule of concerts here.
Head over to Prairie Meadows for their All-American Extravaganza on July 3. This event not only features fireworks at dusk, but their full slate of horse races starting at 4 p.m. as well. Plus, enjoy an outdoor concert by Gimikk at 4:30 p.m. Who doesn’t love fireworks and some horsing around?
What’s more American than taking in the national pastime? The Iowa Cubs have a homestand that begins on July 4 against the St. Paul Saints. Enjoy fireworks on the holiday while root, root, rooting for the Cubbies.
Goodguys Car Show
It’s time for everyone’s favorite car show! Visit the Iowa State fairgrounds to take in all your dream cars in one place. Featuring more than 4,000 rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, and trucks thru '97, you’re sure to see beautiful automobiles all over. Enjoy Goodguys June 30 – July 2, with a special fireworks show and twilight cruise on July 1! Tickets are anywhere from $10 – $25.
Yankee Doodle Pops
Everyone’s favorite Fourth of July event returns for another year! Monday, July 3, the Des Moines Symphony will be putting on their 29th annual Yankee Doodle Pops show! The show starts at 6:30 p.m. and a fireworks show will follow the concert. Food trucks will also be at the concert. Experience one of Greater Des Moines’ favorite Independence Day traditions with Yankee Doodle Pops!
Looking for fireworks for the Holiday weekend? We have you covered! Check out all the different fireworks displays throughout the metro below:
Saturday, July 1
GoodGuys Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals
9:30 p.m., Grandstand Stage
Dirt Road Country Jam
Happy Apple Celebrations, Norwalk, IA
Monday, July 3
Yankee Doodle Pops
Iowa State Capitol grounds
Tuesday, July 4
After the game
West Des Moines
West Des Moines City Campus
Grimes South Sports Complex
Sunday, July 9
The District at Prairie Trail