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News & Updates

Matt and Linda Ricklefs have been named co-commodores for the July 3-4, 2024 events. They will lead planning as commodores in 2025. Read more here

Parade Registration

Registration opens for the Big Parade along Lakeshore Drive at 10:30 a.m. on July 4. Those interested are welcome to register as a parade entry at no cost. Read more here

ARtist alley 

Vendors with both original and commercial exhibits are invited to display in Artist Alley on Thursday, July 4. Pottery, drawings, glass, jewelry, paintings, photos, printmaking, sculpture, wood, and mixed media are welcome. Read more here

2024 Headliner

The Pork Tornadoes will take the stage as the headlining band from 8-10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3 at the Sunset Park Band Shell. Read more here

Food Vendors 2024

Food vendor registration for 2024 non-profits, for-profits, food trucks, and more is now open. Access the forms on our Get Involved page, and read more here

2024 Theme

Holly Schipper and Liz Smith, 2024 Star Spangled Spectacular commodores, have chosen “Light Up the Sky on the Fourth of July!” as the theme for this year’s Independence Day events. Read more here

Funding Goal met

A goal of $40,000 was surpassed more than a week in advance of Storm Lake’s annual Independence Day celebration. Read more here

Food and Art Vendors

Diverse nonprofit food offerings, food trucks, and art vendors along with other entertainment will take place in the Storm Lake parks July 3-4, 2023. Read more here

Fundraising Week 3

Donations are still being accepted as the fundraising committee enters its final week of their annual campaign for the city's Independence Day celebrations. Read more here

Fundraising Week 2

After two full weeks of collecting donations, 2023 celebrations have reached $23,000 toward a goal of $40,000 by Independence Day. Read more here

2023 Grand Marshals

Storm Lake Fire Department named 2023 Grand Marshals in honor of the town’s anniversary and theme “Three Cheers for 150 Years.” Read more here

Fundraising Week 1

Fundraising for the 2023 is off to great start, according to Matt Brostad and Josh Newhouse, fundraising co-chairs. Read more here

Classic Car Cruise

The Classic Car Cruise and Poker Run are set to kick off the Independence Day celebrations at 4:45 on Monday, July 3, 2023. Read more here

Art Contests

The annual children’s art contest has selected Rooney Lah and Leo Rodriguez Hernandez as its “Three Cheers for 150 Years” 2023 winners. Read more here

Round up for fireworks

The “Round up for Fireworks” fundraiser will take place Mon., June 5 through Sat., June 24, granting customers the opportunity to round up to the nearest dollar. Proceeds go toward funding the annual fireworks show. Read more here

2023 Fundraising

Fundraising kicks off on June 1, and the committee is looking to the community for help in funding new and returning traditions in honor of the 2023 Sesquicentennial. Read more here

2023 Food Vendors

Storm Lake’s annual Independence Day celebration is opening registration to for-profit vendors in an effort to provide more diverse food offerings July 3-4. Read more here

Headline Band

The Pork Tornadoes are headlining 2023 celebrations from 7-9:30 p.m. on Monday, July 3 at the Sunset Park Band Shell. The Municipal Band and Fisheads will play Tuesday. Read more here

GRAND MARSHAL NOminations

Storm Lake’s 2023 Independence Day celebration is now accepting Grand Marshal nominations for its Big Parade.
The committee will choose the Parade leader based on volunteering, leadership, and other goals. Read more 
here

2023 Theme

Commodores have selected “Three Cheers for 150 Years” as the theme for this year’s Fourth of July events. Read more here

2023 Co-Commodores

Jared and Ty Eggers have selected Holly Schipper and Liz Smith as co-commodores for 2023. Read more about them here

2022 Fundraising recap

Fundraising co-chairs Josh Newhouse and Matt Brostad set a goal of $38,000, and they received just more than $39,000 from 325 benefactors in cash and in-kind donations. See a complete list and read more here

Fundraising

Fundraising surpassed its previous record from 2021. Co-chairs topped $38,000 in cash and in-kind donations as of June 30. Read more here

2022 Parade lineup

Spectators can expect a variety of entries for the Big Parade along E. Lakeshore Dr. at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 4, 2022. Read more here

Patriotic Ceremony

Louis DeRoos, Executive Director of Veteran Affairs, will serve as speaker for the Patriotic Ceremony. Read more here

Food and Artist Vendors - 2022

The 2022 Star Spangled Spectacular will celebrate “Red, White, and Blue in 2022” by hosting food favorites and new art vendors in the Storm Lake parks. Read more here

Fundraising WEek 3

With a goal of $38,000, co-chairs Josh Newhouse and Matt Brostad are looking for more than $11,000 in order to meet their budget. Read more here

Fundraising Update

After a full two weeks of collecting donations, the 2022 Star Spangled Spectacular has reached $21,000 toward a goal of $38,000. Read more here

Classic Car Cruise

Storm Lake’s annual Star Spangled Spectacular and its Classic Car Cruise and Poker Run are set to kick off the Independence Day celebrations at 4:45 on Sunday, July 3, 2022. Read more here

Grand Marshal 2022

Upper Des Moines outreach specialist and interpreter, Maggie Reyes, has been named Grand Marshal for the 2022 Big Parade. Read more here

Fundraising Week 1

Fundraisers seek an increase in donations in order to keep up with previous years. Read more here

Round Up At Fareway

The Star Spangled Spectacular will partner with Storm Lake Fareway Meat and Grocery for the fourth year to raise funds for its annual fireworks show. Read more here

Fundraising Kickstarts

Fundraising for the 2022 Star Spangled Spectacular kicked off, and the committee is looking to the community for help in funding its favorite Fourth of July traditions. Read more here

Fishheads to perform

The Fishheads, Iowa’s ultimate party band, are returning to perform after the parade on July 4, 2022. Read more here

2022 theme

Commodores, have chosen “Red, White, and Blue in 2022” as the theme for this year’s Fourth of July events. Read more here

Grand Marshal Nominations

Storm Lake’s annual Fourth of July celebration is accepting Grand Marshal nominations through May 13 for its Big Parade. Read more here

Nadas Headlining

Popular five-man band The Nadas are set to perform at the Star Spangled Spectacular at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, at the Sunset Park Band Shell. Read more here

2022 Commodores named

Brandon Frank and Jeff Bowles, Star Spangled Spectacular 2022 commodores, have selected Jared and Tyonia Eggers as co-commodores for the July 3-4 events. Read more here

2021 Fundraising Surpasses goal

As fundraising for the 2021 Star Spangled Spectacular nears completion, Fundraising Co-chairs Josh Newhouse and Matt Brostad shared that more than $34,200 in cash and in-kind donations was raised—surpassing their $30,000 goal and breaking the previous record. Read more here:

A Spectacular lineup

The 2021 Star Spangled Spectacular is expecting nearly 100 entries for the Big Parade along E. Lakeshore Dr. at 11:30 a.m. on July 4, 2021. Read more here:

Spectacular Brings Food and Art Vendors to Storm Lake

The 2021 Star Spangled Spectacular will be hosting several favorite vendors at Artist’s Alley and a variety food vendors July 3-4. Read more here:

Fundraising Update 3

Spectacular nears fundraising goal with one week remaining. Read more here:

Fundraising Update 2

Spectacular reaches nearly two-thirds of fundraising goal in week two. Read more here:

Fundraising Update

Community rallies behind Spectacular fundraising in week one. Read more here:

“Round Up for Fireworks"

Storm Lake Fareway to “Round Up” for Spectacular Fireworks. Read more here:

2021 Fundraising Kickoff

Star Spangled Spectacular announces 2021 fundraising kickoff. Read more here:

2021 Grand Marshal

Pom Kavan named Spectacular Parade Grand Marshal for 2021. Read more here:

Brad Morgan

Brad Morgan to headline Star Spangled Spectacular. Read more here:

2021 Update

Storm Lake’s Star Spangled Spectacular to resume for 2021. Read more here:

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