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Grinnell on the Fourth

Grinnell IA 50112
Local: 641-236-6555

Event Dates

July 3-4, 2015


Celebrate the Fourth of July in Grinnell with a huge parade at 5 p.m. that starts on East Street near the Middle School and travels north, looping through downtown and Grinnell College and ending at Ahrens Park. To enter a float in the parade, email

Parade Theme: “The Fabric of Grinnell: Our Place on Earth”. The Great Westward sweep of the nation did not stop in Grinnell but it paused and people got off and stayed. They got off horses, and wagons pulled by mules and oxen and eventually automobiles like the Model T. They came from New England, already a filtering point for European countries, England, Germany, Holland, Scandinavia, Bohemia, Scotland, Ireland, Wales. For decades they came on the railroad, the Rock Island, the Iowa Central, the Tootin’ Louie. Now they come on airplanes though they have to overshoot and come back from Des Moines.
The result is a town both Iowan and international, welcoming to many faiths, faces and feelings. Grinnell college contributes with students who are foreign at first and Grinnellians soon after. This year’s parade theme celebrates the many people from many nations who are part of the richness of life in Grinnell.

Fireworks will take place at dusk at Ahrens Park.

The celebration kicks of the evening before (July 3) with Friday Fest, featuring live music by Whiplash from 7 to 11 p.m. on Main Street. The event is free admission. A beverage garden and kids activities will be offered in addition to the live music.

Grinnell On The Fourth festivities are sponsored by Ahrens Park Foundation and Grinnell College.