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 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)


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.

A much smaller celebration will be held due to COVID-19 but we're still celebrating in Gowrie!! The 150th Sesquicentennial Celebration activities have been moved to next year.

Friday, July 3rd

  • 9:00 am FFA "Just Ride" Tractor Ride leaves from Laurel Park.

  • 1:00 - 5:00 pm Swimming Pool Open

  • 5:00 -7:00 pm Gowrie Merchandise Cash & Carry Sidewalk Sale in front of Farm & Town Insurance

  • Many downtown businesses open late before the street dance!

  • 7:00 pm G3G Street Dance in front of the Ole Town Pub on Market Street. Classic Rock Band Section 7 will take the stage.

Saturday, July 4th

  • 7:00 am tee times start at the Gowrie Municipal Golf Course for the annual Amateur tournament.

  • 7:00 - 9:30 am Gowrie Firemen will host Pancakes at the Fire Station

  • 10:00 am Annual Independence Day Parade (Parade route will be extra long this year for better social distancing along the route.)  No Candy or other items will be handed out. Start and end of the parade route will remain the same: Beginning at the corner of Church and Market Street the route will travel west all the way to the County Road, north one block, east past the nursing home and back to the GYC Skating Rink.

  • After the parade Life Flight will fly over and land near the football field. Gowrie EMS will be selling ice cream for this year’s fundraiser.

  • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Craft Show in the City Park.

  • Virtual Cow Pie Bingo! Contact a Xi Eta Sigma Sorority Member for details.

  • Various Food Vendors at the City Park including Pliners Kettlecorn, Feedshed Catering, BBQ Thief and The Whimsical Wine Trailer!

  • 1:00 - 5:00 pm Swimming Pool Open

  • FIREWORKS AT DUSK thanks to the American Legion and Gowrie Fire Department.


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