The 4th of July in Waukee? Yes, please!
Start your Wednesday with a fun run sponsored by Waukee Boy Scout Troop 178. The race begins at 8 a.m. at Waukee Middle School. You can still enter. Download a form here or print off the one at right. Entry fees are $10 for the kids one mile race and $20 for the 5k before July 1. On race day, the kids run is $15 and the 5k, $25.
After the race, head on over to the old Waukee Elementary School at 5th and Locust Streets for the start of the July 4th parade. There will be candy, floats and music starting at 2 p.m. The parade ends in the Waukee Middle School parking lot.
When the parade ends, make your way to Centennial Park for fun and entertainment for the whole family from 6 to 9:30 p.m. At dusk, lay down a blanket or unfold your lawn chair and enjoy the fireworks display.
Other celebrations around the metro include:
Around Central Iowa
West Des Moines: The West Des Moines Community Band performs from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Cornflower Shelter in Raccoon River Park, 2500 Grand Ave. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.
Following the concert enjoy the fireworks display over Blue Heron Lake. Start time about 9:45 p.m.
Urbandale: Pancake breakfast at 7 a.m.; 5K and other runs from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; Parade starts at 10 a.m. at old city hall on 70th Street; Midway and Carnival opens at noon; Jazz in July performance from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; Urbandale Community Adult Band at 7 p.m.; fireworks at 10 p.m. at the west side of Walker Johnston Park.