Fireworks are a hallmark of the 4th of July. It’s a wonderful family tradition to keep the kiddos up a little late to watch the big show. With the 4th being on a Sunday, check-out events all weekend long across the metro. It’s sure to be an extra fun celebration of summer and Independence Day!
It’s also a good idea to check websites/social media for the locations you’ll be visiting for any last-minute changes.
Here’s where you can see fireworks in Des Moines over the Fourth of July in Central Iowa in 2021.
Fireworks start at dusk, approximately 9:30 p.m.
July 3, 4 | Adventureland
Spend the day riding rides or beating the heat at the waterpark or just drive out for the yearly fireworks. show
July 3 | Prairie Meadows, Altoona
Enjoy live racing, outdoor music, and a spectacular fireworks display.
July 3 | Winterset Cidery, Winterset
Enjoy an evening of live music and great cider in the beautiful Madison County countryside with Jesse Jaspers from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. and the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. They have the largest fireworks display in Madison County!
July 3 | Windsor Heights, Colby Park
Nights in the Heights, Windsor Heights, weekly summer neighborhood celebration moves to Saturday with music, food trucks, and fireworks.
July 4 | Waukee Celebration, Centennial Park
This year, Waukee is extending their Independence Day Celebration to three days, starting on July 2nd. Festivities include a carnival, parade, fun run, bags tournament, and more! Fireworks will follow a special skydiver demonstration by the Des Moines Skydivers on July 4.
July 4 | West Des Moines Fireworks Display, West Des Moines City/School Campus
Check out their parade, horseshoe tournament, and community band concert over the weekend as well.
July 4 | Urbandale Annual 4th of July Celebration, Walker Johnson Park
From a family-friendly street dance to carnival rides or a 2-mile long parade to a breathtaking fireworks display, the Urbandale celebration is one of the largest in the area.
July 4 | Home Base Iowa Fireworks Show, Grimes
As an official Home Base Iowa community, this event not only honors our great Country, but also the men and women who have defended our freedoms since the nation’s inception.
July 4 | Fireworks, Newton Agnes Patterson Memorial Park
Join a co-ed sand volleyball tournament or enjoy kids inflatables and entertainment by DJ Ray before the fireworks.
July 4 | July 4 Celebration, Perry
Enjoy a classic celebration with a parade, vendors, and live music, and fireworks at night.
July 4 | Good Guys Heartland Nationals, Iowa State Fair Grounds
“America’s favorite car show” returns with its weekend-long event culminating with a firework spectacular.
Tune in to the television broadcast on Iowa PBS Friday, July 2 at 8:30 p.m. or Sunday, July 4 at 6 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s broadcast of the Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops will air on IPR Classical signals Sunday, July 4 at 12 p.m. and again on Monday, July 5 at 11 a.m.
July 6 | Iowa Cubs
Watch the Iowa Cubs take on the St. Paul Saints and enjoy a holiday fireworks show after the game.
Boomers Waukee Fireworks off of Booneville/Waukee exit across from Rubes Steakhouse
Enjoy fireworks at 10 p.m. June 19, June 26, July 3, and July 4 after the live entertainment.
Happy 4th of July from all of us at Des Moines Mom!
Have a safe and fun holiday!
We work hard to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information before heading to an event or activity, since it may change.