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.

Color Guard Peterson Post 431
Color Guard Peterson Post 431

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

Cow Pie Bingo
Cow Pie Bingo

Color Guard Peterson Post 431
Color Guard Peterson Post 431


Plans are underway for 2021 to include the 150th Sesquicentennial Celebration July 1 - 5th, 2021!