The Fourth of July is approaching fast and the celebration is even starting this weekend. Here are some of the events happening throughout the Dallas County Area:


The celebration starts on Monday night with walking tacos and live music on the Meek Stage. The parade starts at 9 a.m. on Tuesday with lineup at the Co-Op. There will be games, food, drinks and more at Rogers Park, an All Wheel Show from 1-4 p.m. on Chestnut Street and fireworks at dusk at the Ball Field.


The parade begins at 10 a.m. at East Perry Plaza and travels on Willis Avenue to Pattee Park, where there will be food, craft vendors, kids activities and the Perry Volunteer Fire Department’s water fights. Showtime Dance Studio will perform at 12:30 p.m. with the Al Welsh Orchestra at 1 p.m. and the bands P.O.W. and Anthony Koester and the Skunk River Band at 6:30 p.m. at the Pattee Park Band Shell.

An ice cream social and concert will be held at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church and fireworks will take place at dusk, approximately 9:45 p.m. Contact the Perry Chamber of Commerce at 515-465-4601 if you have any questions.


Starting on Saturday, July 1, Urbandale is getting started with the Midway and Carnival at Lions Park from 1-11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from 5-11 p.m. on Monday and from noon until 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. There will be sports, live music and more throughout the 4-day festival. The parade will be on Tuesday at 10 a.m. and fireworks will be shot off at 10 p.m. at Walker Johnston Park. For a complete schedule, parade information and more, visit www.


The fun in Waukee begins on July 4 at 3 p.m. at Triangle Park Downtown, where the parade will start. The parade concludes at Centennial Park, where there will be inflatables, live music from Abby Normal in the evening with food vendors and fireworks after dusk. For more information, and for the parade route, visit

West Des Moines:

The festivities will start at 6:30 p.m. with the Independence Day Parade, starting at Valley High School and ending at Valley Junction. The next morning is the 35th Annual Fourth of July Mud Volleyball Tournament at Raccoon River Park at 8 a.m. followed by the Horseshow Tournament at Holiday Park at 9 a.m. The community band concert starts at 7 p.m. at Coneflower Shelters at Raccoon River Park, followed by the fireworks display at 8:45 p.m. For more information, visit