Fourth of July


Urbandale is Home to one of the Largest 4th of July Celebrations in the Area!

We invite you to bring the family to celebrate Independence day in the community.  From a family-friendly street dance to carnival rides or a 2-mile long parade to a breathtaking fireworks display – the celebration has something for everyone!


Urbandale 4th of July Schedule of Events

Urbandale’s celebration is full of a number of activities for every interest! The 2020 theme is “All Eyes on Urbandale” 


The Urbandale 4th of July Parade takes place beginning at 10 a.m. from the Old City Hall on 70th Street north to Aurora Avenue finishing at 82nd and Aurora.

All parade entries please be at your location by 9:00 a.m.


Button Sales & Winners for Fireworks Support


Urbandale is known for an amazing fireworks display.  The fireworks are shot off from Walker Johnston Park, located off of Douglas Avenue, just West of 86th Street.  To pay for the display, the 4th of July Committee partners with the Lion’s Club to sell numbered buttons.  Local businesses donate prizes to support the effort.  Button numbers are drawn on the 4th to determine the winners of the prizes donated by local businesses.  Winning buttons numbers should be taken to the business awarding the prize.



4th of July Run Info 

Urbandale 4th of July Run was first run in 1966. The event has been run under different names and distances. In 1988 the race was not run due to no chairperson. The race in 1989 returned as William Courtney Memorial 10 K. After 2 years of excessive heat the route was changed in 1991 to present route and distance 5 K. A grade school mile was added 1996 in honor of Coach Chuck Silvey. The Coach Gary Page tot trot was added in 2000

Questions? Please do not call. Email instead Larry Jablonski at –


Kris Mandt Memorial Car Show

The Annual Kris Mandt Memorial Car Show at Urbandale High School supporting the Urbandale Food Pantry.


Urbandale’s 4th of July Celebration is not complete without a wide range of food vendors and exhibits. You’ll find them located along Prairie Avenue between 71st Street and 72nd Street on the south side of Lions Park. Looking for comfort food to satisfy your craving? A place to grab a quick meal with your family? How about a sweet treat just because? You can find it all at the July Urbandale 4th of July Celebration. Check out the wide range of options that await you.

Additional information regarding how to sign up to be a vendor will be released at the beginning of 2019. A complete list of vendors can be found here shortly before the Celebration.



Sam’s Amusement

Discounted tickets will be available at the Urbandale Hy-Vee  and Price Chopper on Merle Hay Road.  

2019 Hours of Operation: 

  • July 2: 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • July 3: 5:00 PM to 11:30 PM
  • July 4: 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Individual ticket price is $1.00/coupon

  • 3 coupons for small rides
  • 4 coupons for all other rides

Hot Dog Eating Contest 


Application is closed! Everyone come join us to view the contest on July 4th at 3:00 pm in Lions Park!