Independence day is almost here, and for many people the 4th of July is the highlight of the summer. Backyard barbecues, parades, and of course fireworks! The Des Moines area has much to offer in fun for everyone. Take a look at what different events your family can enjoy together on this holiday.


Living History Farms

Enjoy an old-fashioned Fourth with a historic Independence Day celebration in the town of Walnut Hill! With events such as pie eating, watermelon seed spitting, and gunny sack races. An 1875 vintage Independence Day parade along with a period 1875-rules baseball game.

Fireworks, "Live At The Creek" Concert

Jordan Creek Town Center's Independence Day celebration with entertainment and fireworks will take place on July 1. Festivities start at 5 p.m. when Tony Bohnenkamp and Jared Hall challenge each other during dueling pianos at the amphitheater. Fireworks will be at dusk.

Mud Volleyball Tournament

The 24th Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament will take place in Raccoon River Park in the morning.  The WDM Community Band Concert will be held by the Coneflower Shelters in Raccoon River Park starting at 7:00pm and the fireworks display will begin at dusk over Blue Heron Lake in Raccoon River Park.

Enjoy all the different events the Des Moines area has to offer.  Have a a wonderful and safe holiday!