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Here's where you can celebrate the 4th of July across central Iowa

The COVID-19 pandemic may have caused your city to cancel or modify Independence Day celebrations- here's a list of confirmed events from around central Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa — The novel coronavirus continues to impact the world as Independence Day rolls in, causing several cities to adjust their celebrations accordingly. 

Here's a look at events that are still happening for the 4th of July.


Prairie Meadows will host their celebrations on July 3 starting at 4 p.m. Enjoy live racing, outdoor music and wrap up the night with their fireworks display. 

There will also be racing on July 4 starting at 6 p.m.

Adventureland Park will also be opened for the weekend. Fireworks displays will be on both Friday and Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

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Ankeny SummerFest is canceled for this year, however the City plans to host a fireworks display on July 11 at 9 p.m. Fireworks will be shot above the Prairie Ridge Pond as usual. 

Other event in Ankeny, IA by Ankeny SummerFest on Saturday, July 11 2020 with 4.6K people interested and 697 people going.


Weather permitting, the City of Boone will host their fireworks display from the south side of town on the Boone Speedway property. They're scheduled to go off at dusk between 9:30 and 10 p.m. on the 4th of July.


The City of Colo will host their fireworks display on July 4 at dusk. They'll be set off at Twin Anchors Golf Course at dusk. 


A fireworks display in Grimes is scheduled for July 4th at 10 p.m. at the Grimes Sports Complex. The time is subject to change, so organizers are advising residents to check for updates

The display is hosted by Grimes Chamber & Economic Development in partnership with the City of Grimes and Home Base Iowa Community.


The City of Nevada wants residents to plan ahead if they plan on watching the fireworks display on the 4th of July. Their show is set to start at dusk, and the display will be shot from the east side of the SCORE Park along 19th Street. 

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The Nevada American Legion Auxiliary will host a chicken noodle dinner on the 4th. This year, it will be take-out only. It's $10 per plate, and pick up will be in the alley behind the American Legion Hall, 1331 6th Street between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.


The City of Slater will host a few events for Independence Day. From 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. there will be a drive-thru candy grab. At 10:00 a.m. there will be opening ceremonies via Facebook Live. 

At 5:00 p.m. the City will crown their 4th of July Queen and hold a raffle drawing. Slater will end their day with their fireworks display around 10:00 p.m.

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Meskwaki Bingo Casino & Hotel will host their own display on July 3. An event on their Facebook page says it'll start at 9:30. Sparks are set to fly in their outdoor arena.


Urbandale is planning to have their biggest fireworks display ever this year, according to a Facebook event. The Urbandale 4th of July Celebration fireworks display will start at 10 p.m. at the Walker-Johnston Park. 


The Waukee Parks and Recreation Department is offering residents a chance to see a skydiving demonstration as well as fireworks for this Independence Day. 

At 8 p.m. on July 4, skydivers will jump out of a plane and land in Centennial Park. Fireworks will be at the same spot once the sun sets. 

West Des Moines

The City of West Des Moines canceled their parade and community band concert, however they're still holding their fireworks display and a horseshoe tournament on July 4.

The Holiday Classic Horseshoe Tourney starts at 7 a.m. according to the West Des Moines website. Fireworks will start around 9:30 p.m. on the City/School campus.

Fireworks will not be on display at the Raccoon River Park due to concerns of too many spectators. Here's a list of guidelines for watching the sparks fly:

  • Spectators are allowed at the City/School Campus
  • City/School Campus parking lots open at 7:30pm
  • Due to location, the fireworks display will be limited
  • Guidelines for social distancing must be followed
  • Alcohol is NOT PERMITTED on the City/School Campus
  • Grills are NOT PERMITTED on the City/School Campus

Windsor Heights

Windsdor Heights will host their fireworks display at 9:40 p.m. on the 4th of July. The City asks its residents to maintain social distancing as much as they can while watching the display. 

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