The 4th of July Celebration Committee

The Urbandale 4th of July Celebration Committee is a group of dedicated volunteers that plan and execute the 4th of July festivities in Urbandale. The 4th of July Celebration in Urbandate dates back to 1953 when a street dance was organized for members of the community at 70th and Douglas while a local restaurant jukebox played. By the 1960’s, the festival had expanded to multiple days and included midway rides. Around the 1970’s, a small scale fireworks show joined the schedule. Today, the 4th of July is a cornerstone of Urbandale life and one of the largest celebrations in central Iowa.

The celebration is managed and organized by volunteers in Urbandale just like you! There are a broad range of roles in the committee and we are always looking for people interested in helping. Please fill out the form below to learn more about joining the committee or volunteering to help during the festivities.

  • Buttons: Matt Shaw, Paulette Lester
  • Carnival: Larry Jablonski
  • Entertainment: 
  • Special Events: Larry Jablonski, David Tillinghast, Matt Blake
  • Fireworks: Mary Polson
  • Insurance: Ben Buenzow
  • Sanitation: Larry McBurney
  • Parade: Sean Dengler
  • Police: Holly Pickett
  • Publicity: Nicole Berger, Larry McBurney, Chris Herrick, Blake Rozendaal
  • Sponsorships: Lisa Hollis-Keene, Matt Shaw, Tim Smith
  • Vendors: Tim Mueller, Rhonda Mueller
  • Photographer: 

Interested in being a part of the celebration?

The committee has many opportunities to be involved. If you want to contribute to the planning and execution of the event or just have time to help out with one of the activities during the celebration, we'd love to learn more about what your interest is.
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