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Independence Day

kids participate in sack race at independence day event


Thursday, July 4
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd
Urbandale, IA 50322 United States

Open 9am-4pm, with games beginning at 11am.

Enjoy an old-fashioned fourth with an iconic, historic Independence Day celebration in the town of Walnut Hill. 1876 marks the first centennial of the United States, and Living History Farms’ Independence Day activities truly show what this day meant to those in the 19th century – a day of family fun. Families can take part in pie eating contests, foot races, spelling bees, the town parade, watermelon seed spitting contests, and more! To fit everything in, be sure to arrive early to tour our historic farms, enjoy the town activities, and still have time to catch the Walnut Hill Bluestockings baseball game at 2:30pm.

Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company




Cultivating Sponsor: Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Contributing Sponsors: Casey’s General Store, Veridian Credit Union

Event partners: Caribbean Kitchen, The Outside Scoop

Plan your visit


Volunteer for Independence Day

We are seeking volunteers to help with games and contests and handing out food items on Independence Day at Living History Farms. Most shifts are 11am-1:30pm or 1:30–4pm.

See the openings and sign up now!


Schedule of Activities

Ongoing Games and Contests – 11am-4pm

  • Water Games and Footraces – Gazebo Lawn
  • Penny Scramble – West side of General Store
  • Pie Eating Contest (Pies provided by Hy-Vee) – Every 15 minutes in Flynn Barn
  • Stilts, Hoops ‘n’ Sticks – Gazebo Lawn
  • Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest – Gazebo Lawn

Spelling Bee – 11am, Schoolhouse

Medicine Show – 11:15am, Behind Flynn Mansion

Patriotic Sing Along and Declaration of Independence Reading – 12:15pm, Church of the Land

Spelling Bee – 1pm, Schoolhouse

Medicine Show – 1:30pm, Behind Flynn Mansion

Patriotic Procession – 2pm, From Gazebo to Baseball Field

Historic Baseball Game – 2:30pm, Baseball Field


Food Options

Caribbean Kitchen Food Truck – 11am-3pm, Picnic Shelter

The Outside Scoop – 11am-3pm, Picnic Shelter

Snack Shop – 11:30am-2:30pm, Back of Flynn Mansion

Old Fashioned Sarsaparilla – Available at General Store, Snack Shop, and MarketPlace Museum Store

Watermelon Slices – Available at the Gazebo