This 2 mile long parade is widely known throughout the Des Moines metro as the largest and most watched parade! Bring the family, stake out your spot and be prepared to interact with your local organizations, businesses, and collect lots and lots of candy! 

Registration for this event can be found on the Information tab.

The parade will be running rain or shine this year. In the event of severe weather or lightning, the parade would be canceled and communicated out through the website and social media channels.

Urbandale Fun Run Event

Fun Run

Since 1966, the William Courtney 5K Fun Run has been allowing runners the unique opportunity to race through the heart of Urbandale. This timed race starts at 7:30am on 86th Street in front of the Library and takes runners through a tour of the community’s bike paths, ending along the path behind the Library. The Race is followed up by the Chuck Silvey Kid’s Mile, and Gary Page Tot Trot where kids can show off their running skills with the chance to earn medals and prizes.

Registration for this event can be found on the Information tab.

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Bring the family out to the Carnival featuring rides by Sam’s Amusement. The 3 day Carnival features kiddie rides, a fun slide, old favorites like the Tilt a Whirl and thrill rides for the most adventurous! 

Bean Bag Toss Game

Bags Tournament

Located at the Lions Park tennis courts on July 4.


Urbandale’s 4th of July Celebration is a perfect time to enjoy a few days of fun, food and entertainment. Grab some comfort food, a quick meal with the family or indulge in your favorite sweet treat from one or all of our fantastic food vendors. They are located along Prairie Avenue between 71st street and 72nd street on the south side of Lions Park. This is a great time to celebrate together with friends and family at this three day long event packed with events, games, entertainment and delicious food. Check it out, we know you’ll love it.


Urbandale’s 4th of July Celebration highlights the end of the three day event with a magnificent fireworks show.  A long-time tradition on the last night to perfectly end the celebration. The fireworks will be shot from the Walker Johnston Park. There’s nothing better than spending a warm summer night watching fireworks as we celebrate America’s Independence Day! Come see the show and don’t forget to buy a button.

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Entertainment/Beverage Garden

Open on July 2nd and 3rd.  Featuring a DJ and live entertainment each day.

Entertainment/Beverage Garden is open to ALL ages to come, sit, and enjoy entertainment. Must be 21 or older to purchase alcohol.

Bingo Tent

Join the Urbandale Lions Club to raise money for the community and win great prizes.

Cribbage Tournament

Bob Dabrieo memorial cribbage tournament held at the Urbandale Senior Recreation Center.

Police Command Post

The Police Command Post is located inside Lions Park Shelter House. Please visit during the celebration for lost and found or information regarding a lost child. For after hours requests, please contact the non-emergency number at 515-222-3321.
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Lions Park Splash Pad

The city is tentatively planning to have the splash pad open on July 2-4. The splash pad will turn off at 6pm.