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Join us as we celebrate the 125th anniversary of West Des Moines! July 3rd and 4th will be the high point of the WDM125 celebrations. Find information below about all of the fun events and activities that are planned for the two days of festivities.

July 3 Independence Days Parade

Theme: WDM125 - Past, Present, and Future

DECORATE YOUR ENTRY! The theme for 2018's parade is WDM125 - Past, Present, and Future. And the top three float entries will each be awarded $125! Use streamers, balloons, tissue paper, and music. The more creative you can be, the better the parade will be for those watching and better the chance your organization will receive a $125 award.

Date: Tuesday, July 3Picture 045
Time: Line-up begins at 5:15pm; Parade starts at 6:30pm
Route: The parade will start at Valley West Dr. (35th Street) and
Ashworth Road heading east, then turn south on Vine Street
and proceed to 4th Street, then turn south on 4th Street and
conclude at Maple Street. Line up areas will be on the east
side of Valley High School.

Parade route map


Local businesses, organizations, drill teams, dance schools, WB_125YearLogocenbw
sports teams, civic groups, churches, youth groups, clowns,
horses, neighborhoods. There is no fee to participate, however
the parade is limited. If accepted into the parade you
will receive instructions and information approximately one
week before the parade.
2018 Parade ENTRY FORM


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WDM125 Pool Party

Join us in celebrating West Des Moines’ 125th year at both Valley View and Holiday Aquatic Centers on July 4th with a day full of fun activities for everyone! Aquatic Center staff will take time every hour to lead group activities that you can’t do any other day at the pools. Want to sign up for the Belly Flop Contest or the Floatie Race? How about being part of the Greased Watermelon Relay or Cannonball Championship? Then plan on being at either Holiday or Valley View Aquatic Center on July 4th.  It’s sure to be a splash!

*General admission for the day is half-price. No extra admission cost for season pass holders.

Date: Wednesday, July 4
Time: 12pm-6pm
Locations: Holiday and Valley View Aquatic Centers
Ages:  All

 Mud volleyball

36th Annual Mud Volleyball Tourney- CANCELLED

Pre-registration required. Call WDM Fire Department at 222-3420 to register a team or for more information.

Date: Wednesday, July 4
Time: Tourney begins at 8am
Location: Raccoon River Park


Holiday Classic Horseshoe Tourney

For information, contact the WDM Horseshoe Pitchers Association at 681-1937.

Date: Wednesday, July 4
Time: 9:30am-3pm
Location: Holiday Park

 fireworks at rrp

WDM Community Band Concert

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy this free concert at Raccoon River Park featuring the WDM Community Band.

Date: Wednesday, July 4
Time: 7pm
Location: Raccoon River Park Coneflower Shelters


Fireworks Display

Experience this iconic July 4th display at one of the metro's top locations for viewing fireworks.

Date: Wednesday, July 4
Time: Dusk
Location: Over Blue Heron Lake in Raccoon River Park