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Celebrate Independence Day in Pottawattamie County this year! There are several family-friendly events from firework displays, parades, cookouts, and more; see the list of events below. We wish everyone a safe, happy, and healthy holiday!

Lake Manawa Fireworks

Lake Manawa State Park
July 1 | 10:00 p.m.

Kick-off your Fourth of July weekend by watching a spectacular firework show at Lake Manawa State Park! Whether you enjoy the show from the water or on the shoreline, you’ll feel and experience the patriotic spirit.

Firework Spectacular: "We Love America" at the Fair

Westfair Fairgrounds and Amphitheater 
July 2 | 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Hosted by Free Speech America, this Fourth of July celebration includes food trucks, inflatables, face painting, balloon creations, live music by Nebraska Showdown, and a spectacular firework show for the grand finale! 

City of Avoca Firework Display

CountryView Clubhouse
July 3 | 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Watch the sky light up with fireworks in Avoca right after dusk! The fireworks will be visible from the CountryView Clubhouse, Edgington Memorial Park, and many places throughout the community.

Independence Day Free Community Event

Historic General Dodge House
July 3 | 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy a cookout, amazing old-time music by Flatwater Drifters, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and so much more at the Historic General Dodge House in Council Bluffs!

Oakland Independence Day Celebration

Oakland, IA
July 3 – 4

Oakland is going all out for the Fourth of July! The festivities include a golf tournament, pancake breakfast, car show, live music, bbq showcase, kickball tournament, a parade, a pie-eating contest, fireworks, and more.

City of Avoca Fourth of July Celebrations

Elm Street in Avoca
July 4 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join Avocans celebrating Independence Day with multiple events up and down the community’s Main Street. Activities include a car show, kids tractor pull, food tents, Founding Father’s Parade, and more!

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This post was originally published on June 22, 2022 on the Watta Way blog.