Known as the ‘Heartland of America,’ the Midwestern state of Iowa is a fantastic place to catch a firework show – and maybe even over a stereotypical field of corn. Maybe it’s more than just coincidental that Iowa’s state rock is the geode, when cracked open a geode features multi-faceted sparkles in beautiful colors – just like festive Iowa fireworks. From big cities to the rural urban areas, Iowa features plenty of pyrotechnic celebrations for major holidays, sporting events and eclectic festivals.
Enjoy summer at the Des Moines Art Festival, an event that takes place at the end of June at Western Gateway Park and features plenty of art, culture and fun Iowa fireworks at the end.
Another good summer event is My Waterloo Days Festival in Waterloo with a parade, musical entertainment, kid’s activities, fun run, firework show and more. It just wouldn't be the Fourth of July in Iowa fireworks! A spectacular 20 minute fireworks display over the historic Des Moines waterfront is the perfect way to celebrate the nation’s birthday. Another place to catch 4th of July fireworks in Indiana include in Sioux City after the big July 4th parade and concert. The Cedar Falls Freedom Festival brings together thousands of eastern Iowa residents and visitors join together to celebrate the nation's birthday with lots of fun activities ending with the annual Celebration of Freedom Fireworks on July 4th. The Clive Festival takes place in mid-July and makes summer even more fun with wine-tasting, live music and a fireworks show called ‘Thunder over Clive’ lasting well into the night.
For the holidays, Downtown Lights the Night is a festive evening in Waterloo where participants can take part in Santa’s workshop, hay rides, crafts, life entertainment and a finale of special holiday fireworks. In Des Moines, New Year’s Eve is made family-friendly at Guide One Imagineve, a non-alcoholic December 31st celebration with awesome children’s activities, a caravan of clowns, balloon artist, carnival games and a memorable firework show finale.
Sports venues are other good spots to enjoy fireworks after a big game or championship. Depending on the specific team’s schedule pre-game or post-game fireworks can really light up the night. Check out all the minor league baseball in the state including the Burlington Bees, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Clinton LumberKings and Quad Cities River Bandits. Depending on the home game and promotional schedule, you may score a home run with fireworks. Also, the major universities in the state, such as Iowa State University in Ames, the University of Iowa in Iowa City or Cornell University in Mount Vernon, may offer pyrotechnics displays for special events.
When heading out to Iowa it’s always a good idea to check in with your hotel concierge or the Iowa Visitor Center for firework viewing activities. Always on the pulse of what is happening all over the city, including firework shows, you’ll find quick and accurate information from this go-to resource for entertainment. The state of Iowa is an indisputably dazzling place to watch fireworks light up the riverfronts, summer fields, snowy cities and other Iowa landscapes. The pyrotechnic displays in Iowa are so amazing; you’ll remember the memorable displays of fiery art in the sky as long as you live.