Celebrate A Charming Fourth of July

The fireworks show over Clear Lake draws nearly 100,000 people every year. Photo: Travel Iowa

Small-town Iowa celebrations are back! As we approach Fourth of July weekend, here are a few spots around the state to find some fun.

Independence: What a better place to spend Independence Day than the town that bears the same name? Events kick off Friday, July 2, with concerts, yard games and more. The celebration carries over into Saturday, July 3, with a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a parade, and in the evening fireworks over the Wapsipinicon River.

Clear Lake: Head to the north part of the state on July 2, 3 and 4 and check out the all-day Lakeside Vendor Market, with locally made crafts, plus food trucks, bingo, amusement rides and more. Live music begins at 7 p.m. on July 2 and 3. The lauded fireworks show starts at 10 p.m. on July 4 over the lake.

Storm Lake: In northwest Iowa, nearly 500 fireworks will light up the sky as a part of the Storm Lake Star Spangled Spectacular event. Activities take place July 3 and 4, including an artist showcase, live music, car show and vendors, among others. Fireworks shoot off at dusk on July 4.

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