Des Moines Symphony’s 24th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops

Joseph Giunta
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Monday, Jul 3, 2017 8:30pm

West Terrace, Iowa State Capitol

Join us for the Des Moines Symphony’s 24th 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 2017-18 Masterworks Season.

This year’s program, An American Journey, begins in Iowa with Meredith Willson’s 76 Trombones from The Music Man. Then, renowned vocalist Steve Lippia invites you to Come Fly With Me from New York, New York to Chicago and back again, singing Sinatra standards along with patriotic classics like God Bless the U.S.A. Finally, the Des Moines Symphony will perform time-honored favorites including the traditional Armed Forces Salute, The Stars and Stripes Forever, and the 1812 Overture with live Howitzer cannons.

The winner of the Des Moines Symphony’s eighth annual “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” competition, Stephanie Schneider, will open Yankee Doodle Pops with The Star-Spangled Banner.

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FREE! No tickets required.


6:30pm: Concert Prelude
8:30pm: Des Moines Symphony’s 24th annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert

Live Broadcast and Streaming

Free Shuttle

Bike Valet

Parking/Street Closures

  • Due to street closures and limited parking around the Capitol, we recommend using the FREE D-Line Shuttle or Bike Valet services
  • Limited parking is available in designated downtown lots around the Capitol. The public is welcome to park in all lots with the exception of 13 and 21 – click here to see map
  • The following roads will be closed during the following times:
    • Penn/East 7th Street – Locust Street to Grand Avenue (8:30 a.m. Sun Jul 2 –  3 a.m. Tue Jul 4)
    • Locust Avenue Bridge – Robert Ray Drive to 2nd Avenue Mon Jul 3 9:30-10:30pm [during fireworks]
    • Grand Avenue Bridge – Robert Ray Drive to 2nd Avenue (closed for construction)
    • Court Ave Bridge – Robert Ray Drive to 2nd Avenue (12:00pm Mon Jul 3 – 12:00am Tue Jul 4)

ADA accessibility

  • 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. Click here to see map
  • 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.

Food vendors (on Finkbine)

  • Benoit Concessions: Cheese curds, tenderloins, corn dogs, chicken strips, fries, potato ribbons, lemonade, water
  • Big Daddy’s Bar-B-Q: Pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, cold soft drinks, chips
  • Boy Scout Troop 141: Bottled water
  • Brandmeyer Popcorn: Kettle corn, gourmet popcorn, soda, water
  • Hy-Vee: Burgers, brats, hot dogs, soda
  • McSweets & Snacks: Funnel cakes, Frito pie, nachos, fruit cups, sno-cones, cotton candy, popcorn, water, soda
  • Miss Molly’s Jamaican Patty: Jamaican beef & vegetarian patties, festival dumplings, pineapple loaded pork
  • Nagi’s Falafel: Chicken gyro sandwiches, falafel sandwiches
  • Nitro Ice Cream:  Ice cream made on site with toppings
  • The Outside Scoop: Seven ice creams, root beer floats
  • Over the Top Ice Cream
  • Rita’s of West Des Moines: Italian ice, frozen custard, gelati, water
  • Roadside Tacos: Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, walking tacos
  • Wild Bill’s Soda:  Stainless steel mug with unlimited soda refills from old-fashioned barrel taps
  • Willie’s BBQ: Brisket, ribs, hot dogs, brats, pulled pork, potatoes


  • 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 fireworks or firecrackers YES all ages welcome
NO audio or video recording devices YES picnic baskets
NO alcohol YES blankets
NO smoking or illegal drugs YES strollers
NO laser pens or similar focused light YES lawn chairs
NO sparklers YES dogs on leashes
NO bicycles in Capitol grass/gardens YES sunglasses
NO unlicensed vending YES hats
NO weapons YES sun block

Broadway star Hugh Panaro at Des Moines Symphony’s 2016 Yankee Doodle Pops

Joseph Giunta

Joseph Giunta conducts the Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops

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