City Schedule for Observing Independence Day

Press Release

Des Moines, Iowa — Thursday, July 1, 2021 — The City of Des Moines will observe Independence Day on Monday, July 5th, 2021. This year, garbage, recycling and yard waste collection will NOT be delayed. Residents should expect their garbage to be collected on their normally scheduled day from July 5-9.

Des Moines City Administration Buildings will be closed on Monday, July 5th to observe the holiday.  All Des Moines Public Library branches will be closed both Sunday, July 4th and Monday, July 5th for the holiday.

The Des Moines Fire and Police Departments would also like to remind neighbors that use of consumer fireworks within City of Des Moines limits is dangerous, against the law, and inconsiderate of those that live around you. Save money and peace of mind by leaving fireworks shows to the professionals.

Last year, the Des Moines Fire Department responded to a significant house fire caused by fireworks landing on a roof. With the risk of unsafe fireworks combined with drought conditions we've had recently (Polk County is still under a burn ban), our firefighters really hope they don't see an increase in house and grass fires during holiday celebrations.

Due to how quickly fireworks are set off, it is difficult for Des Moines Police officers to catch violators in the act. A witness able to personally identify someone breaking the law is needed in order to issue a citation. If you witness someone breaking the law and are willing to personally identify them to law enforcement, please call the DMPD non-emergency dispatch line at (515) 283-4811.

Al Setka
Chief Communications Officer, City Manager’s Office
(515) 283-4057

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