A busy Independence Day weekend is planned in Perry and surrounding communities. Most events are planned for Monday, July 4, but some towns have also scheduled activities for Saturday and Sunday
In Perry, the Perry-Area Chamber of Commerce’s Independence Day parade starts at 10 a.m. at the East Perry Plaza, moving west on Willis Avenue to Pattee Park. Parade entrants are asked to lineup at 9:30 a.m.
A full day of activities will follow in Pattee Park, with Showtime Dance Studio performing at 11:30 a.m. and the Al Welsh Orchestra at 1 p.m. The Hearts of Hedons band will perform at 6:30 p.m.
Food vendors will sell their wares all day in Pattee Park. Games and other activities for children will be available, and the Perry Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor a water fight.
Brian Hanson will perform at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in the Perry Fine Arts’ annual ice cream social and concert.
The Chamber’s fireworks show will start at dusk.
Minburn’s celebration starts Saturday, July 2 with a 7 p.m. concert featuring Strait Run. The Friends of the Minburn Library will serve tacos from 5-7 p.m. The Fourth of July parade will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, followed by family fun and games in Rogers Park.
Entries in the pie auction will be accepted from 8 a.m. until noon at the Minburn Legion Hall.
A full slate of activities is planned, from horseshoes at 11:30 a.m. to a raffle, pie auction and pie awards at 7 p.m. An all-wheels show and Bingo playing are also planned.
The city of Grimes will host a Homebase Iowa fireworks show at 10 p.m. at the Grimes Sports Complex, 300 South James St.
Urbandale will begin its holiday celebrations Saturday, July 2 and continue Sunday and Monday. The carnival midway opens each day at noon and closes at 11 p.m., Sunday night until midnight. The three-day fest will feature live music, food vendors, fireworks and many activities for young and old.
The Waukee Fourth of July parade will begin at 3 p.m., followed by a celebration in Centennial Park. Food vendors will fill plates, wioth inflatables for the kids and live music for the grownups. A fireworks show at dusk caps the day.
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