West Terrace, Iowa State Capitol
6:50pm, CST: Our Concert Prelude is currently underway, and we fully anticipate an on-time start to the Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops (8:30pm)! Should that change due to rain, we will update this page immediately.
FREE! No tickets required.
8:30pm: Des Moines Symphony’s 22nd annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert
6:30pm: Concert Prelude featuring the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra
Join us for the Des Moines Symphony’s 22nd annual Yankee Doodle Pops, Iowa’s largest single-day concert event! This family-friendly and patriotic concert concludes with the area’s premier fireworks display over the downtown Des Moines skyline, and best of all, it’s FREE! Bring your picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs, or purchase food from an array of vendors at the concert. Participate in the Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger by bringing a non-perishable food item to the concert, and receive a discount offer for the Des Moines Symphony’s 2015-2016 Masterworks Season.
This year’s theme is Iowa: America’s Musical Heartland (view the program here), and the program features music inspired by our great state — including several movements from the new Des Moines Symphony-commissioned work, Symphony On A Stick, which depicts in music the sights and sounds of the Iowa State Fair. The Des Moines Symphony is also pleased to partner with Des Moines Performing Arts to bring three-time Tony Award®-winning The Bridges of Madison County composer Jason Robert Brown to conduct the Orchestra in selections from this Broadway musical. Bridges is famously set in Iowa and launches its national tour in November at the Des Moines Civic Center.
Live broadcast and streaming; rebroadcast
- Iowa Public Radio Classical will broadcast live from the concert and livestream the concert at iowapublicradio.org
- Mediacom will rebroadcast the concert at 7 p.m. July 3 & 4.
- DART will detour its FREE D-Line shuttle and extend its hours to 11 p.m. on July 2 to accommodate Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops attendees. View a map of the D-Line Route here.
- Parking is available in designated downtown lots around the Capitol (lots 1-6, 11-12, 15-17, 20)
- The following roads will be closed during the following times:
- Penn/East 7th Street – Locust Street to Grand Avenue (8:30 a.m. Wed Jul 1 – 2 a.m. Fri Jul 3)
- Grand Avenue Bridge – Robert Ray Drive to 2nd Avenue (noon Thu Jul 2 – midnight Fri Jul 3)
- Locust Street Bridge – Robert Ray Drive to 2nd Avenue (9:30-10:30 p.m. Thu Jul 2 [during fireworks])
- Capitol lots 9 & 10 (near the intersection of Grand and Finkbine) will be available for handicapped parking. Only those with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) parking tags or plates will be allowed in these lots.
- A drop off for those with physical disabilities is located at the corner of Grand Avenue and East 9th (Finkbine) Street.
- Additional handicapped parking spots may be available in Capitol lots 1, 2, 8, 11, 15, 19, 24, PS1.
- For on-site medical needs, please visit the medical unit on Finkbine or a uniformed on-site police officer.
- For safety and security needs or concerns, please visit the Iowa State Patrol Command Center on Finkbine or notify a uniformed on-site police officer.
- Members of the Iowa National Guard will set off four howitzer cannons, as designated in the musical score, during Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. The cannons will be located in the west corner of the triangle bounded by the Public Safety Parking lot, Walnut Street and Finkbine.
|NO alcohol||YES all ages welcome|
|NO audio or video recording devices||YES cell phones|
|NO smoking||YES digital cameras|
|NO laser pens or similar focused light||YES fanny packs/purses|
|NO musical instruments||YES film cameras|
|NO sparklers||YES hats|
|NO fireworks||YES picnic baskets|
|NO frisbees||YES blankets|
|NO illegal drugs/paraphernalia||YES strollers|
|NO bicycles in Capitol grass/gardens||YES dogs on leashes|
|NO unlicensed vending||YES sun block|
|NO weapons||YES sunglasses|
|NO distribution of flyers/paraphernalia||YES great energy/big smiles|
- Boy Scouts Troop 141 (water)
- Brandmeyer Popcorn
- Jose’s Tacos
- Karam’s Mediterranean Grill
- Nadine & Dad’s Bar-B-Que
- Nana’s Sweet Treats
- Nitro Ice Cream
- Old Man Chance
- Over the Top Ice Cream
- Rita’s Water Ice
- Roadside Tacos
- Willie’s BBQ
‘Oh Say, Can You Sing?’ competition winner
Enjoy this video of Dallas Norton, winner of the Des Moines Symphony’s sixth annual “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” competition, who will open the Des Moines Symphony’s 22nd annual Yankee Doodle Pops by singing the National Anthem:
Share your Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops memories! Use the hashtag #YankeeDoodlePops
- Check in: Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops
- Event page: Des Moines Symphony’s 22nd annual Yankee Doodle Pops
- Main page: Des Moines Symphony