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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 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.

Schedule for 2022!

Friday, July 1st

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

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

Saturday, July 2nd

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

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

5:30 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

Sunday, July 3rd

9:30 am Gowrie United Methodist Church worship service

10:30 am Zion Lutheran Church worship service

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 Tank Anthony Band on Market Street at Ole Town Road Pub & Eatery

Monday, 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. Free will donation or 3 canned goods. All proceeds to the local food pantry.

7:00 am - 4:00 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 Nik Telleen for details.


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 Freedom Cruise Car Show at Laurel Park. Food stand available. Live music from 11 am - 2 pm.

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.  Click Here for Google Docs Registration form.

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

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

Advance Carnival Tickets are available $5 per sheet at Security Savings Bank in Gowrie and Farnhamville, Heartland Bank in Gowrie and Callendar, Ole Town Road, Bruntlett Elevator and Design Electronics.

Independence Day Events
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