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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


Southwest Webster Ambulance Annual Fundraiser

Fire Department Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Downtown Gowrie Markets

Ice Cream Social at Gowrie Care Center 

Fall Garage Sales 

Southeast Valley Homecoming & Parade

Firemen's Fish Fry

City Wide Holiday Open House (First weekend in December)


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.

Schedule for 2023!

Saturday, July 1st

8:30 am Tractor Ride Sponsored by Central Plains (Southeast Valley) FFA Chapter Departs from Laurel Park at 9:00 am and will travel to Moorland, bus to CJ Bio for tour, lunch at Moorland and return to Gowrie.  Click Here for information.

9:00 am Firecracker 40 Bike Ride at Ole Town Road Pub & Eatery

1:00 - 5:00 pm Swimming Pool Open Regular Hours

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

​Sunday, July 2nd

Gowrie United Methodist Church worship service

Zion Lutheran Church worship service

1:00 - 5:00 pm Swimming Pool Open Regular Hours

5:00 pm American Legion Peterson Post #431 Pork Loin Dinner

7:00 pm American Legion BINGO City Park Shelter House in City Park

     Get tickets for the annual American Legion Post #431 Raffle Drawing

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

Monday, July 3rd

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

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

8:00 pm - Street Dance sponsored by Gowrie Growth Group (G3G) featuring the Cory Waller & The Wicked Things on Market Street at Ole Town Road Pub & Eatery

​Tuesday, July 4th

All Day Gowrie Municipal Golf Course hosts the annual Men's Amateur Golf Tournament. Spectators welcome and food available. Tournament tee times available in advance by contacting the course at 515-352-3320.

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

7:30 am  Freedom 5K Fun Run/Walk at the Football Field sponsored by the Gowrie Growth Group (G3G). Sign up at the event beginning at 6:30 am. Free will donation or 3 canned goods. All proceeds to the local food pantry.

8:00 am - 2:00 pm American Legion Auxiliary Food Stand in the Gowrie City Park shelter house

9:00 am - 4:00 pm Craft Fair at the Gowrie City Park sponsored by American Legion Peterson Post #431. Contact Jim Peterson for details.


No entry form or pre-registration required. If you have questions please contact the parade coordinator Lisa Willardson. All entries should begin lining up the morning of the parade between 7:00 am and 9:00 am. Line up on the East Side of Gowrie before 9:00 am to be considered for judging.  Click Here for more information.

​After Parade Annual Chicken Dinner at the Gowrie United Methodist Church. Fried Chicken, homemade pie, and all the trimmings! Box dinners to go or limited inside dining available.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm Freedom Cruise Car Show at Laurel Park. Free entry & dash plaques. Food stand available. Elias Netz live music from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm. Click Here for the flyer.

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

1:00 pm Cow Pie Bingo at Roper Repair Shop 1104 Pleasant Street. Advance tickets available from Xi Eta Sigma sorority members.

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

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

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Gowrie Depot Historical Museum Open at Laurel Park

10:00 pm Fabulous Fireworks Thanks to community pop can donations, the can sorting crew and the Gowrie Volunteer Fire Department for their coordination.


​Advance Carnival Tickets will be available the week before the 4th $5 per sheet at Security Savings Bank in Gowrie and Farnhamville, Heartland Bank in Gowrie and Callender, Ole Town Road, Bruntlett Elevator and Design Electronics.

Independence Day Events
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