JULY 4TH: Fireworks And Parades

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While President Obama and his family commemorates our nation's independence Thursday with a few hundred members of the military and their families, Iowans celebrated the 4th with parades and fireworks.

Hundreds came out for a patriotic parade in Urbandale.

More than one hundred floats rolled down the streets of Urbandale with children ready for any candy that might be tossed along the route.

The Urbandale parade grows each year, spectators are not surprised as they enjoyed what they saw, “Basically the old cars and the music and the bands, it’s all good, all good,” says Gary Hart.

The Fourth of July isn't complete without fireworks, and many started celebrating last night.

Two fireworks shows, of the legal kind, lit the sky over the city of Des Moines as people kicked off the long holiday weekend in style.

Urbandale has a zero-tolerance policy for explosives that includes firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles and others like it.

But you can catch a display in Urbandale when their  fireworks shoot off around 10 p.m. from Walker Johnston Park.