EVENTS & INDEPENDENCE DAY

Although the Annual Independence Day Celebration draws people from all over the country the community of Gowrie has a wide array of events and activities throughout the year! Join us for bake sales, soup suppers, garage sales, holiday events and more!
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Annual Events Include:

Xi Eta Sigma Hamball Dinner 

GDC Easter Egg Hunt

GDC Spring Banquet

Spring Clean Up Days (last week of April)

Spring Garage Sales

Library Summer Reading Program

Vacation Bible School

ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION & Parade

Southwest Webster Ambulance Annual Fundraiser

Fire Department Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Downtown Gowrie Market (August 1 & September 5th, 2019)

Ice Cream Social at Gowrie Care Center 

Fall Garage Sales 

Southeast Valley Homecoming & Parade

Firemen's Fish Fry

City Wide Holiday Open House (December 6th & 7th, 2019)

INDEPENDENCE DAY

The Gowrie Independence Day Celebration is one of the longest running patriotic events in the State of Iowa and at the centerpiece of this pride is American Legion Peterson Post #431.

 

The Legion along with the support of many local businesses and organizations help make the whole celebration a great success! They also assemble the signature parade entry that provides an unforgettable patriotic experience. Six floats carry over 270 American flags. Each flag is labeled with the name of a deceased veteran buried at the Gowrie Township Cemetery or is a past member of Peterson Post 431.

Color Guard Peterson Post 431
Color Guard Peterson Post 431

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Carnival fun in the city park!
Carnival fun in the city park!

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Cow Pie Bingo
Cow Pie Bingo

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Color Guard Peterson Post 431
Color Guard Peterson Post 431

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Join Us in Gowrie on Independence Day Weekend as we celebrate our 150th Sesquicentennial!

Saturday, June 26 

  • 8:00 am Firecracker 40 Bike Ride - sponsored by (G3G) Gowrie Growth Group.  Ride starts at Ole Town Road Pub & Eatery.  Depart at 9:00 am.

  • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Swimming Pool Open

  • Friday, July 2

  • 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm Swimming Pool Open Regular Hours

  • 5:30 pm American Legion Peterson Post #431 Pork Loin Dinner followed by BINGO at the

  • City Park Shelter House at 7:00 pm

  • Evening Carnival in City Park. Sponsored by American Legion Peterson Post #431

 

Saturday, July 3

  • 8:30 am Tractor Ride sponsored by Central Plains FFA Chapter (Southeast Valley) Depart from Laurel Park at 9:00 am

  • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Swimming Pool Open

  • Evening Carnival in City Park Sponsored by American Legion Peterson Post#431

  • 8:00 pm - 12:00 am Street Dance sponsored by (G3G) Gowrie Growth Group featuring Cory Waller and the Wicked Things. Located on Market Street in front of Ole Town Road Pub & Eatery.

 

Sunday, July 4th

  • All Day Gowrie Municipal Golf Course host the annual Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament Spectators welcome and food available. Tee times are available by contacting the golf course at 515-352-3320

  • 9:30 am Zion Lutheran Church Service Confirmation Reunion

  • 9:30 am Gowrie United Methodist Church Service

  • TBD Corn Hole Tournament Sponsored by Gowrie Ambulance

  • All Day Carnival in City Park Sponsored by American Legion Peterson Post #431

  • 2:00 pm Bill Riley Talent Show at the Betty Nyght Hamilton Bandshell at the City Park. Sponsored by the Gowrie Area Arts Council

  • TBD Birthday Cake and Ice Cream Sponsored by Palmer Funeral Home, Jeanne’s Mixing Bowl Creations, Xi Eta Sigma Sorority and Gowrie Development Commission (Cupcakes for the first 200 people)

  • Dusk Fabulous Fireworks! Thanks to local pop can donations, the can sorting crew and the Gowrie Volunteer Fire Department!

 

Monday, July 5th

  • 7:00 am - 9:30 am Gowrie Volunteer Fire Department Pancake & Sausage Breakfast at the Fire Station

  • 7:30 am Freedom 5K Run/Walk at Football Field, sponsored by (G3G) Gowrie Growth Group  Online Sign Up Available at www.fitnesssports.com or Entry Form

  • 7:00 am - 4:00 pm American Legion Auxiliary food stand

  • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Craft Fair in the City Park. Sponsored by American Legion Post #431, Contact Nik Telleen for Info.

  • 10:00 am INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE

  • Future Community Leaders will be selling bottles of water along the parade route

  • Following the Parade Chicken Dinner at the United Methodist Church. Fried Chicken, homemade pie and all the trimmings! 

  • All Day Carnival in City Park Sponsored by American Legion Peterson Post #431

  • 11:00 a.m. Freedom Cruise Car Show- in Laurel Park, Food stand with all proceeds going to local youth organizations

  • 1:00 pm Cow Pie Bingo Game Board located next to Roper Repair Shop on Pleasant Street. Contact Xi Eta Sigma Sorority members in advance for tickets.

  • 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm Swimming Pool Open

  • American Legion Post #431 Raffle Drawing