Top Ten 4th of July Fireworks Displays

Des Moines and it’s surrounding neighborhoods have plenty of options to see great firework displays to celebrate our country’s independence. The following are the best way to celebrate the 4th of July without having to drive too far out of town to do so though check the dates on each one since they’re not all being held on the 4th of July.

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  1. Yankee Doodle Pops– July 2nd-5th- the Des Moines symphony’s annual largest single day concert event will be different this year with it being recorded and available for viewing on PBS at various times during the 4th weekend. Though you won’t be able to enjoy it in person, you can view it in the comfort of your home and not have to worry about getting out of the crowded parking lots when it’s over.

  2. Prairie Meadows Boom– July 3rd, Prairie Meadows, Altoona- Prairie Meadows will have races until the fireworks so you can pass the time away watching the races before the big show. This is one of the few displays where you can (within reason) get up close to the display and you’ll feel the heat of the fireworks as they go off.  They really make this is a fun and family friendly environment.  Fireworks start at dusk.

  3. Good Guys Heartland Nationals-July 5th-7th, Iowa State Fairgrounds- the Good Guys annual nationals features thousands of classic and antique cars and I recommended this as a summer activity here if you’d like more information about the show itself. The fireworks start at 9:30pm on July 3rd. There’s plenty of places to sit on the grass to watch the show so bring a blanket or chairs to make it a little more comfortable.

  4. Live at the Creek– June 27th, Jordan Creek Town Center-Final Mix will be playing a live concert at the Amphitheater starting at 5pm and will be followed by the fireworks. There are 5 lakeside restaurants to grab dinner/snacks and a wine/beer garden by the Wine Experience. Fireworks are scheduled to start at dusk.

  5. Adventureland 4th of July– July 4th, Adventureland, Altoona- You don’t have to pay to get into Adventureland to see their fireworks show but it does make the experience a little more memorable when you’re riding one of their rides while it’s going on.  Parking can be kind of tricky if you are parking around the park so you may have to park in Wal-Mart’s parking lot or one of the businesses nearby. Fireworks start at 9:35pm.

  6. Grimes Home base Iowa – July 4th- 10pm-11pm- Grimes will be hosting a 4th of July fireworks show at the Grimes south sports complex this year. They do ask that you try to get there early to get a good spot and remember to practice social distancing since we are unfortunately still under a pandemic.

  7. Perry 4th of July-July 4th-Pattee Park- Perry is having a full day of events planned for the 4th of July starting with a parade at 11 a.m. and live music starting at 6 p.m. at the bandshell followed by a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Though you’ll have to make a bit of a drive you’ll have a full day of things to do if you do decide to head out to Perry.

  8. Newton 4th of July– July 4th- Newton is hosting a 4th of July night of fun including a kids inflatable zone at 6p.m. that will include a patriotic obstacle course as well as pirate ship inflatables. Stick around for Dj Ray who will be providing the entertainment and end the night at dusk with Newton’s firework show.

  9. West Des Moines 4th of July- City Hall- 4200 Mills Civic- West Des Moines Following their July 3rd parade at 6:30p.m., the City of West Des Moines will be having their fireworks show on July 4th at City Hall this year.  On the 4th you can go to the Holiday Classic Horseshoe tourney- call (515) 681-1937 for more information and the the West Des Moines Fire Department will be holding their annual fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. that night. Parking lots open at 7:30 p.m and no alcohol will be allowed.

  10. Norwalk 4th of July– July 4th, McAninch Park Complex (200 Wright Road) Norwalk- Norwalk will have a few things to keep you busy while you’re in town included a breakfast that starts at 7a.m. and a parade at 10a.m. that starts at the high school. Park in the City, a bit of a party atmosphere will be from 11a.m. to 3p.m and their fireworks show will start at dusk that night.

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