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Grinnell on the Fourth

Grinnell IA 50112
Local: 641-236-6555

Event Dates

July 3-4, 2015


Fourth of July celebrations will take place July 3 and July 4 this year. Festivities include Friday Fest, a parade, and a fireworks display.

Festivities will kick off on Friday, July 3 with a Friday Fest event on Main St. between 4th and 5th Avenues. Friday Fest will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. and will include live music by the band Whiplash, made up of many Grinnell natives, along with a beverage garden and kid activities. Admission to Friday Fest is free.

A parade will take place on Saturday, July 4 at 5 p.m. The parade theme is “The Fabric of Grinnell: Our Place on Earth”. Grinnell is a town both Iowa and international, welcoming many faiths, faces, and feelings. Grinnell College contributes with students who are foreign at first and Grinnellians soon after. This year’s theme celebrates the many people from many nations who contribute to the richness of life in Grinnell. The parade Grand Marshalls are Sandy and Betty Moffet of Grinnell.

Those wishing to enter the parade may contact the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce at 641-236-6555 or There is no entry fee to participate in the parade. The parade will follow its traditional route, which begins on the south end of East Street near Grinnell Middle School. The parade will go north on East St.; turn west on Hamilton Ave.; turn north onto Broad St. and drive through downtown; turn east on 10th Ave. at Grinnell College; and then turn south onto Penrose St. where the parade ends at Ahrens Park.

A fireworks display will take place at dusk, approximately 9:45 p.m., at Ahrens Park.

Grinnell on the Fourth activities are sponsored by Ahrens Park Foundation, Grinnell College, Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce, Grinnell Hotel-Motel Tax Committee and Doll Distributing.