Gate Admissions

The spectacular firework shows and live entertainment each day are made possible, in part through a gate admission fee. These gate funds are also distributed to various school teams and charitable organizations throughout our community, as they perform tasks in support of this complex community event.

  • July 2nd: Admission is $5 per person ages 6 and up, wristbands required
  • July 3rd: No Admission Fee, no wristbands required
  • July 4th: Admission is $5 per person ages 6 and up, wristbands required

Wristbands will go on sale beginning June 11th. Below is a list of participating locations in Independence where you can purchase your Independence Days wristbands.

Independence City Hall– 555 S. Main Street

Independence Public Library– 175 Monmouth Street

The Heritage Museum– 281 S. 2nd Street

Independence Cinema– 450 S. 2nd Street

Independence Hotel– 201 Osprey Lane

Polk County Fire District 1– 1800 Monmouth Street

All locations are CASH ONLY, except at Independence City Hall which accepts cash, debit and credit card. 

NOTICE OF PROHIBITED ITEMS

In order to keep our event safe and fun for everyone, the following prohibitions will be in effect and enforced during all hours of operation.  All coolers, bags, strollers, backpacks, diaper bags and other storage items are subject to search for prohibited items at the admissions gates.  If such items are found, the owner has the option of either returning the item to their car/home or surrendering the item to the available collection boxes.  Collection boxes are turned over to the Independence Police Department at the end of each day.  Items will not be returned to the owner.

  • No Pets Are Allowed.
    • We welcome ADA Protected Service Animals.  Service Animals as Defined by Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Emotional support animals, comfort animals, and therapy dogs are not service animals under Title II and Title III of the ADA. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not considered service animals either. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual’s disability.  For more information regarding a service animal handler’s responsibility to control their animal in public settings, please visit https://adata.org/publication/service-animals-booklet
  • No Fireworks of any kind.  This includes sparklers.
  • No Weapons
  • No Alcohol
  • No BBQ’s, Camp Stoves or other heating elements that produce an open flame
  • Bicycles, skateboards, long boards and scooters must be walked while within the event boundaries.
  • No Smoking except in designated and marked areas.  This includes cigarettes, vape pens and any other items that produce smoke upon exhalation.
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