5 Things To Do in Muscatine for the 4th of July Weekend

With the holiday weekend coming up, we wanted to be sure to invite you to celebrate the 4th of July with us in Muscatine! Below you’ll find a list of ways to celebrate Independence Day all weekend long. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

1) Drink to the beat

Ardon Creek Music in the Vineyard Muscatine Iowa

Kick off your 4th of July weekend in Muscatine with an evening of music by The Fry Daddies on the gently rolling hills of Ardon Creek Vineyard and Winery, 2391 Independence Ave, Letts. The event begins at 6 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m. on Friday, July 1.

Wine, craft beer, and wine frappes (wine slushies) will be available. Bring your snacks and chairs. There is a $10 per person cover charge for those 16 and over.

For more information, see the event’s calendar listing on our website!

2) Market yourself

Muscatine Area Farmers Market
Don’t miss the Muscatine Area Farmers Market this 4th of July weekend! With fresh produce, handcrafted items and other delights, you’ll find yourselves swept up in local creativity and friendliness! Plus, the market is located right downtown, so you can visit our unique downtown shops after you enjoy the market.

For more information, see the event’s calendar listing on our website!

3) Put your cornhole skills to the test

MuscatineEnjoy some family fun at Trinity Episcopal Church, 211 Walnut St. on Saturday, July 2!

Trinity is hosting a community cornhole (also known as bags) event, “Bags, Brats & Brew,” from 4-7 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine. Bring a lawn chair.

For more information, see the event’s calendar listing on our website!

4) Get on your soapbox

Muscatine Soapbox DerbyDon’t miss this spectacle in the heart of downtown Muscatine, where you’ll be in a prime spot to enjoy our other 4th of July festivities! The 2016 Muscatine Adult Soapbox Derby will be held on Monday, July 4 running down 3rd Street hill from Linn Street through the finish line across Iowa Avenue! Start time is 11 a.m.

For more information, see the event’s calendar listing on our website!

5) Take a cruise beneath the rocket’s red glare

Pearl Button Paddlewheel Muscatine Iowa

After a full day of activities on Independence Day itself — including a pancake breakfast, a kid’s parade, another parade, the Soapbox Derby, a free concert by the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra, a block party with live music held by Missipi Brew (which starts on the 3rd!), and a bunch of surprise fun all held in the heart of our historic downtown and along our beautiful riverfront — grab your seat aboard the Pearl Button Paddlewheel for the fireworks. Our fireworks display is always incredible and a view of them from the Mississippi River while enjoying a ride on the only authentic sidewheeler currently in operation in the entire United States is to die for!

Boarding begins at 8 p.m. at the dock just one block from Muscatine’s historic downtown. The cruise launches at 8:30 p.m. and will end after the fireworks.

Tickets are $20 each and include one free drink. Call Mark Costello at 563-260-3170 to purchase tickets. You’ll want to get yours before they sell out!

See the event’s calendar listing on our website for more information!

(Not a boat person? No problem! There will be plenty of spaces along the riverfront to watch the fireworks from. Bring a lawn chair and make yourself comfortable!)


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