Ready for some fireworks? Here's where to find shows near you each night (2024)

Get ready for another explosive summer. July Fourth weekendand summer fireworks shows are coming back with full force in central Iowa.

Here is a list of Independence Day and other July fireworks shows in the Des Moines metro (organized by date):

Looking for a specific date? Click the date to jump ahead to: July 3 | July 4 | July 5 | July 6

July 3 fireworks in central Iowa

A few locations around the metro will have fireworks for July 3, including the popular Yankee Doodle Pops in Des Moines:

Urbandale 4th of July Celebration

Enjoy vendors and carnival rides at Lions Park in Urbandale to celebrate Independence Day. Events start during the day, and free fireworks will be displayed in the evening.

  • When:Wednesday, July 3 from 12 - 11 p.m.
  • Where:Lions Park, 72nd Street and Aurora Avenue
  • Price:Free admission, ride tickets are $1 each

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Prairie Meadows' All-American Extravaganza, Altoona

Prairie Meadows is hosting a Fourth of July celebration with horse racing, food, drinks and treats, and fireworks at dusk.

  • When:Wednesday, July 3 from 3 to 10 p.m.
  • Where:Prairie Meadows Track Apron, 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona
  • Price:Free

Ames Annual Fireworks Display

Catch a vibrant fireworks display in Ames just across from Jack Trice Stadium. To volunteer and get a free t-shirt and meal, plus a great view, you can sign up atfuelyoungprofessionals.com

  • When:Wednesday, July 3, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Where:East of Jack Trice Stadium, 1732 S. Fourth St., Ames
  • Price:Free

30th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops, Des Moines

Each year, the Des Moines Symphony welcomes Iowans to celebrate Independence Day at Yankee Doodle Pops, the largest single-day concert event in Iowa.Join for legendary music, food, drinks, community and of course, fireworks.

  • When:Wednesday, July 3 at 8:30 p.m.
  • Where:West Terrace, Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines
  • Price:Free

July 4 fireworks, Independence Day celebrations in central Iowa

Plenty of central Iowa cities will hold celebrations and fireworks displays on Independence Day.

Waukee Independence Day Celebration

Each year, Waukee hosts a celebration of our nation's independence. Visit Centennial Park on July 4 for the annual parade, inflatables, live music, tournaments, fireworks and more.

  • When:Thursday, July 4 from 8 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Where:Centennial Park, 1255 Warrior Lane, Waukee
  • Price:Free, donations are welcome

Perry 4th of July

Celebrate the Fourth of July in Perry with activities including a mile-long parade, vendors and activities in the park, live music at the bandshell and a fireworks finale.

  • When:Thursday, July 4, 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Where:Pattee Park, West Third Street, Perry
  • Price:Free

Celebrate Norwalk: Fourth of July Weekend

Norwalk Hometown Pride's annual celebration kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m. Thursday morning and ends with fireworks in the evening. This year's festivities do not include the "Party in the Park" or breakfast events.

  • When:Thursday, July 4 at dusk
  • Where:McAninch Park, 200 Wright Road
  • Price:Free

West Des Moines Fireworks Display

Celebrate with the city of West Des Moines with some free nighttime fireworks on the Fourth of July.

  • When:Thursday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m.
  • Where:City Campus, 4200 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines
  • Price:Free

Adventureland, Altoona

Spend the day on rollercoasters or in the pool at Adventureland and Adventureland Bay, then catch a fireworks show over the park. The park will offer food specials like a red, white and blue funnel cake.

Iowa Cubs at Principal Park, Des Moines

Omaha Storm Chasers will be playing the Iowa Cubs at Principal Park on the Fourth of July. The first pitch is right after 7 p.m. and fireworks will follow the game. The team will also have its traditional Friday night fireworks on July 5.

  • When:Thursday, July 4, 7:08 p.m.
  • Where:Principal Park, 1 Line Drive, Des Moines
  • Price:Tickets as low as $18

July 5 fireworks in Des Moines

The fireworks displays will continue into the weekend in Des Moines.

Iowa Cubs at Principal Park, Des Moines

The Iowa Cubs' homestand against the Omaha Storm Chasers continues on Friday with a second chance at fireworks after the game.

July 6 fireworks in central Iowa

Saturday brings two last changes for fireworks shows near Des Moines.

Good Guys Heartland Nationals, Des Moines

Head to the Iowa State Fairgrounds for the return of the weekend-long car show and a Saturday night firework show.

Winterset Cidery July 4th Pop-Up Event

Enjoy music from the Sista and the Misters, plenty of food and drink vendors and a fireworks display in the evening.

  • When:Saturday, July 6, 1-10 p.m.
  • Where:Winterset Cidery, 1638 Highway 169, Winterset
  • Price:$25 per vehicle

Know of a public fireworks event that we missed? Email iowaconnect@gannett.com for consideration.

Victoria Reyna-Rodriguez is a general assignment reporter for the Register. Reach her atvreynarodriguez@registermedia.comor follow her on Twitter@VictoriaReynaR.

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