Independence Day 2017

posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017

Local Mayor's Independence Day Festival 2017 and festivities in surrounding communities | Cedar Falls Tourism

When the 4th of July holiday lands on a Tuesday, you get to celebrate for days!

In the Cedar Valley, enjoy the Mayor’s Independence Day Festival on July 1. Communities within a short drive of Cedar Falls will also be celebrating with festivals, many celebrating July 1 through July 4. 

Waterloo, July 1

Enjoy the Mayor's Independence Day Festival at the RiverLoop Amphitheatre in Waterloo with music from a variety or artists including Bob Dorr & The Iowa Blues All-Stars at 6pm, the wcfsymphony at 7:30pm, and then Kevin Burt & The Corridor at 9pm. At 10pm, enjoy fireworks over the river. It’s a FREE evening of patriotic classics and fireworks!

We’d also like to mention that the Cedar Valley Pedal Fest will also be taking place July 1 and 2. Their bike rides are FREE and one of their 14 rides, Ride To the Rhythm, is a 7.5 mile bike ride from Gateway Park in Cedar Falls to the festival and back. A helmet and lights on your bike are mandatory. Pack a light blanket for sitting outdoors.

Independence, July 1-4

In the city of Independence, the community celebrates for days! Join them July 1-4 as they celebrate with racing at the Independence Motor Speedway on Saturday, the Chamber’s 4th of July Breakfast on Sunday and their Riverwalk Parks Celebration on Monday and Tuesday.

The Riverwalk Parks Celebration includes a Kid’s Fun Zone, Bags Tournament and the music of Lonesome Road and Resurrection on Monday. On 4th of July, their Riverwalk Parks Celebration begins at 9am with the 157th Annual Independence Day Parade followed by the Reading of the Declaration and live entertainment throughout the day, culminating in their fireworks display at 10 pm. Be sure to visit their Facebook page and website for details.

Shell Rock, July 1-4

Shell Rock’s 4th of July festivities kick off on Saturday and run through the 4th of July! On July 1, take part in their 4 Bridges 5K or the Bean Bag Tournament. Or, just kick back and enjoy the sounds of the Waverly Municipal Band in the evening and the music of Guilty Pleasure at 10pm. On Sunday, there’s fun in the park for the kids, a carnival, beer tent and The Skunk River Band at 8pm. On Monday, July 3, the fun continues with a carnival, beer tent, the music of Urban Legend at 8pm and fireworks at 10pm. On the 4th of July, the day begins with a parade at 10am, followed by cow chip bingo, pedal pull, the 150th birthday celebration of the Old Mill, duck races and a pie eating contest!   

Reinbeck, July3-4

Reinbeck's 4th of July festivities kick off Monday night, July 3, with Movie in the Park featuring “Space Jam” and the Fireman’s Dance with the music of Milk & Honey at 9pm in the Memorial Building. 4th of July activities include a fishing derby, bake sale, car show, a Big Wheel race and kiddie parade for the little ones, the Grand Parade at 1:30 pm, the Hawkeye Tractor Pedal Pull, hot dog eating contest, live music and a lot more for the entire family! And, new this year is their beer garden and Cornholers Bag Tournament. All this is topped off with a fireworks display at 10pm in Elmwood Park! 

Dysart, July 3-4

The community of Dysart will celebrate Independence Day July 3 & 4! There’s a lot happening. Their celebration includes a Kiddie Parade, beer garden, Jalopy Junction Train, food vendors, 5K run/walk, Grand Parade, a dance, a talent show and game show, lots of contests, and fireworks at dusk!

Would you like to find Things to Do, Places to Stay or Places to Eat & Drink while in the Cedar Valley? Visit the Cedar Falls Visitor Center at 6510 Hudson Road or give us a call at 800-845-1955.

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(PHOTO: Darst Design, RiverLoop Amphitheatre in Waterloo)

The 2017 Mayor's Independence Day Festival is July 1 in Waterloo at the RiverLoop Amphitheatre - Music and Fireworks | Cedar Falls Tourism

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