Independence Day Celebration

Each year, Waukee hosts a celebration of our nation's independence. Visit Centennial Park on July 3 and 4, 2023 for the annual parade, inflatables, live music, tournaments, fireworks and more!

Inflatables Presale (June 1-30)

Armbands for inflatables are $10 when purchased in advance at Armbands are valid only on July 4.

Register for Adult Sand Volleyball or Bags Tournaments

Pre-register your team for the Coed Sand Volleyball Tournament on Monday, July 3 at 9 a.m. or for the Bags Tournament on Tuesday, July 4 at 1 p.m. Both tournaments will be held at Centennial Park and registration closes at noon on Sunday, June 30.

Monday, July 3

Activity Time
Adult Coed Sand Volleyball Tournament ($40 per team) 5 p.m.                               
Food/Beverage Vendors 4-10 p.m.
Movies in the Park: "Top Gun: Maverick" 8:45 p.m. (dusk)

Tuesday, July 4

Activity TIme
Waukee Boy Scouts Troop 178 "Waukee Freedom 5K" at Lutheran Church of Hope Waukee (entry fee) 7:45 a.m.                
Rotary Pancake Breakfast 8 a.m.
Parade (free) 10:30 a.m. 
Ice Cream Social (free) Noon-1 p.m.
Food/Beverage Vendors Noon-10 p.m.
Inflatables (presale armband $10) 1-8 p.m.
Bingo, sponsored by OMNI Wealth Management  
Adult Bags Tournament (team entry $20) 1 p.m.
Live music from Riverside Drive & Oreo Meatwagon (free) 5-10 p.m.
Des Moines Skydivers (free) 8 p.m.
Fireworks (free) 9:30 p.m.
red and white stripes going center out with large blue star and red banner

Be a Vendor at the Celebration

Application window is open. Apply to be a vendor, providing food, beverages or other services at this event. 

Be a Part of the Parade

Application window is open! Submit your parade entry by 10 p.m. on June 29.

The parade is scheduled for Tuesday, July 4 at 10:30 a.m. See the parade route map. There is no cost for businesses/organizations participating in the parade, but advance registration is required. Additional information and guidance will be emailed to all participants following the close of registration at 10 p.m. on June 29. Please note:

  • Candy is allowed to be tossed to the crowd. Water balloons, water guns and any spraying of water at spectators are prohibited.
  • The parade is a community event and is intended for viewing by all families and all ages. Dress code, behavior, parade handouts and signage should reflect a “G” rating.
  • The use of profanity on signage or audio is not acceptable.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the floats or in the staging area.
  • Excessive noise (horns, sirens) can be frightening to people with sensory issues. Please avoid use of loud noisemakers.

Thank you to our event sponsors:

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 logo for Waukee boy Scout Troop 178 the des moines skydivers logo