Celebration of Independence

Each year, Waukee hosts a celebration of our nation's independence. This year it's expanding to THREE DAYS! Visit Centennial Park July 2-4, 2021 for these activities.

Carnival Tickets:

Discounted carnival armbands can be purchased online June 1 (at 8 a.m.) through June 30 for $15. These bands are good for unlimited rides from noon to 4 p.m. on the day for which they are issued. Family packs of 24 tickets will cost $20 in-person at the carnival; single tickets will be available for $1 each.

Vendor Application:

Fill out a vendor application (exclusions apply). Deadline: June 21, 2021

Parade Registration:

The parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 3 at 10:30 a.m. this year! The parade route is also new - see the map. It’s free for businesses/organizations to participate in the parade, but advance registration is required.

Getting to Centennial Park

Centennial Park is located at 1255 Warrior Lane in Waukee. However, the Warrior Lane and Ashworth Drive intersection is currently shut down for construction (currently in Stage 2). Motorists must get to Centennial Park from the south. Please see staging graphics and the detour map. Additional instructions are available for Heart of the Warrior Trail users and for residents in the neighborhoods directly west of the Waukee Middle School.

independence 2021

Friday, July 2

Activity Time
Carnival                                                                                 Noon-10:30 p.m.
Vendors (food, etc.) Noon-10:30 p.m.
Bingo 6-8 p.m.

Saturday, July 3

Activity Time
Boy Scout Troop 178 Fun Run 8 a.m.                                     
Free Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Rotary Club of Waukee (concession stand next to Park Road)  8-10:30 a.m.
Parade (New route! 10:30 a.m.
Carnival  Noon-10:30 p.m.
Vendors (food, etc.) Noon-10:30 p.m.
Adult Bags Tournament - Register your team! 1 p.m.
Movies in the Park: "Jumanji: The Next Level" 8:45 p.m. (dusk)

Sunday, July 4

Activity TIme
Adult Sand Volleyball Tournament - Register your team!                                                                                                        9 a.m.                                               
Carnival  Noon-10:30 p.m.
Vendors (food, etc.) Noon-10:30 p.m.
Live music from After Shock (80s Rock tribute band) 5-10:30 p.m.
Des Moines Skydivers 8 p.m.
Fireworks 9:30 p.m.

Thank you to our event sponsors:

the NCMIC logo with blue text reading N C M I Cfarmers state bang logo with green text reading F S B
the OMNI Wealth Management Logo

Thank you to our event partners:

the waukee rotary club logo with blue text saying "rotary club of waukee" The KISS 107.5 logo The logo for Waukee boy Scout Troop 178 the des moines skydivers logo