Fourth of July celebration from around SE Iowa


With the annual Independence day celebrations just around the corner, many might be wondering where you can go and celebrate.

The City of Ottumwa’s Independence Day public fireworks display is held after dark, on Monday, July 4th at the Greater Ottumwa Park.  The show will begin shortly after 9:30PM.    The annual professional fireworks show is a local tradition and draws many onlookers from around the area.

On the evening of the display, traffic on the Wapello Street Extension will be restricted to right turns only coming in and out of Ottumwa Park.  Left turns crossing the median will not be allowed.  The rain date for the public fireworks display is Tuesday, July 5th.

The public is reminded that caps used in toys, sparklers and snakes are the only allowable types of fireworks in Ottumwa.   Possession and/or use of most consumer-grade fireworks within the city limits of Ottumwa is illegal and is punishable by a fine up to $500.

Residents of Oskaloosa can enjoy fireworks at the Southern Iowa Fairgrounds at around 10:00 PM on Sunday July 3rd.  Gate admission is free and the event includes Transaurus, the metal fire breathing dinosaur.

Centerville is planning a day full of fun for the Fourth of July. Events include a pie contest, bake sale, cake walk, baby contest and more. Fireworks will be launched in Exline at dusk from the city park.

The City of Sigourney and the Keokuk County Expo have three days of events planned. Fireworks will be launched after dark on Monday, July 4th from the county expo.

The Keosauqua Lions will host an All-You- Can-Eat Pancake & Sausage breakfast from 7am-10:30am in the City Park. Lunch will be served beginning at 11am. Kids Pedal Pull and Kids Games will be held in the City Park beginning at 2:00pm. BINGO will be held at the Senior Center at 2:00pm. The Silver Mine will be held at 4:00pm. There will also be a Petting Zoo, Bounce House and Kiddie Train. Raffle drawing for cash prizes will be held prior to a spectacular Fireworks Display over the river at dusk. Live musical entertainment by the Harvest Band on the riverfront stage at 6:00pm.

The Bloomfield Rotary Club is sponsoring a number of events on July 4th to coincide with the annual Fort Bloomfield Rodeo. A pancake breakfast bill be served from 7-11AM in the courtyard. The Rotary Club will hold the Bloomfield Rodeo Parade at 1pm around the Bloomfield Square. Fireworks will follow the Monday night rodeo events presented by the Bloomfield Volunteer Fire Department.

Are we missing an Independence Day celebration? Comment on this story and we’ll add your city’s event to this list.

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