Celebrate with many surrounding communities and enjoy Parades, Carnivals, Fireworks, Family Picnics, Concerts, Car Shows, and more. Many of the events are free, and definitely fun!
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2019 Community Celebrations
Florence Days – May 11 – 12
- Florence celebrates its heritage each year with a parade and many other activities.
- May 11 (1 – 3 p.m.): Florence Days Parade marches from Miller Park to McKinley St. This year’s theme is “Mardi Gras in Florence.”
Celebrate CB – May 14 – 18
- Celebrate CB 2019 kicks off on May 14th with the annual Clean Sweep at Bayliss Park.
- The week-long celebration continues with a special Farmer’s Market on May 16th, the Ag Committee Spring Cookout on May 17th, and ends on May 18th with the Celebrate CB Parade and Children’s Faire at Bayliss Park.
- Location: Bayliss Park, 100 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, IA.
Salute To Summer Festival in La Vista – May 23 – 26
- Parade, Hot Wheels races, community cookout, fireworks, concert, family pool party, and more.
Elkhorn Days – June 7 – 9
- Parade, family fun festivals, hot air balloon rides, a spectacular fireworks display, and more.
Blair’s Gateway to the West Days – June 6 – 9
- Carnival, parade, Taste of Blair, beer garden, street dance, June jam, car show, and more!
Springfield Days – June 7 – 8
- Grand Parade, Craft & Vendor Fair, family activities, outdoor movie, fireworks, and more.
Bennington Daze – June 7 – 9
- Parade, Pancake Feed, family fun, children’s tractor pull, live entertainment, fireworks, and more.
Carter Lake Parade & Festival – June 8
- Parade, festival, and car show.
Papillion Days – June 12 – 16
- Parade, carnival rides, live music, family entertainment, food and shopping in Papillion’s City Park.
Ralston Independence Day Celebration – July 3 – 4
- Independence Day activities, family street dance, annual Grand Parade and children’s parade, and fireworks.
John C. Fremont Days – July 12 – 14
- A three-day, family fun festival celebrating history. Car show, art show, parade, hot air balloon glow, and more.
Gretna Days – July 25 – 28
- Carnival, parade, fireworks, tractor pulls, community picnic, and more.
Benson Days – July 27 – 28
- Family-friendly summer festival includes a pancake breakfast, parade, and street festival featuring dozens of vendors, art, live music, and children’s activities.
Valley Days – August 9 – 11
- Parade on Spruce Street, kids activities in the park, car show, craft show, pedal tractor pull, and more.
Arrows to Aerospace, Bellevue – August 16 – 17
- Parade, pancake feed, pony rides, children’s activities, entertainment, food, fun, and more.
- Location: Washington Park, Franklin St. Bellevue, NE.
Millard Days – August 20 – 25
- Parade, car show, carnival, family day activities, and more.
Dundee Day – August 24
- A family-friendly street festival that celebrates and highlights the Dundee neighborhood with a parade, 5k run, arts & crafts vendors, book sale, pancake breakfast, food trucks, live music, and beer garden.
Loessfest in Council Bluffs at River’s Edge Park – NOTE: The 2019 Loessfest has been cancelled this year due to flooding.
- Loessfest is an annual celebration of the all of the great things happening in Council Bluffs, as well as the area’s unique landscape.
- Location: Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, located at the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, 4200 Avenue B, Council Bluffs, IA.
Plattsmouth Harvest Festival – September 5 – 8
- Four days of pageantry, activities and celebrations for the entire family.
- Carnival Rides, parades, music, Chicken Chariot Races, Slow Tractor Races, Egg Toss, Airport Fly-In Breakfast, Tractor Pull, vendors, fireworks extravaganza, and much more!
Washington County Heritage Days – October TBA
- Heritage Days is a 2-day event with hands-on learning demonstrations, children’s games, traditional foods, and music. It will take place at the Fort Atkinson State Historical Park in Ft. Calhoun, NE.
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