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Safely Celebrate the Fourth of July with Social Distancing Activities

Fourth of July 2020

As concern about the COVID-19 pandemic continues, you might be wondering the best ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in 2020. This year, you can enjoy the fun of twirling sparklers with the fam, but we’ve got some a few more ideas for you to ring in Independence Day.

See Fireworks

While many of the annual celebrations during this time have been canceled, there are still fireworks shows that will take place in some of Greater Des Moines’ (DSM’s) surrounding cities. Both Adventureland (July 3-4) and Prairie Meadows (July 3) will offer outdoor shows. Prairie Meadows suggests watching from your own car while listening to music from 100.3 The Bus for a synchronized show. Tickets will be available to see the show trackside, but this will be limited and masks are required. Other fireworks displays will take place in the following cities on Saturday, July 4:

Ankeny will hold their fireworks display Saturday, July 11 at 9 p.m. Clive will hold a fireworks celebration on Friday, July 17. The City of Pleasant Hill will not hold a fireworks show, but will instead "Celebrate in Place" with an aerial flyover beginning at 10 a.m., as well as a live stream of singalongs and special guests for celebrations at home.

Get Moving

Firecracker Flight

The 2020 Firecracker Flight has gone virtual and will take place Sunday, July 5. Run in your neighborhood, snag some swag and watch the online leader board.

Yoga from the Park

Take the virtual Yoga from the Park class at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 4 with Jennifer Wagner. Watch on Facebook or YouTube!

Watercraft Rentals at Gray’s Lake

This week has seen some of the highest temps of the season so far. Cool off on the water by renting a canoe, kayak, paddleboard or pedal boat at Gray’s Lake this weekend. Hours are from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily. For more information, including COVID-19 guidance, click here.

Named as the #3 Best Place to Live in the U.S. and #7 Best City for Living the American Dream, Greater Des Moines (DSM) is the fastest growing metro in the Midwest. Learn more about what it’s like to live here.