Yankee Doodle Pops 2018


Happy 4th of July! I attended my second Yankee Doodle Pops concert last night. Held on the west terrace of the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, this was the 25th annual pops holiday concert.


I went for the first time last year and learned a few things. First, people walk around the whole time, so I learned not to sit right behind a sidewalk or you’ll have your view of the stage blocked pretty much from start to finish. I also learned that people talk during the concert. So, my expectations were lowered. One last thing I learned: where to sit to see the fireworks. That was a big takeaway from last year.


Last night we arrived much later than the previous year, so we didn’t have as much time to kill. We’d already figured out that it’s easier to get out of downtown if you park your car far away and walk to the Capitol grounds; we parked in the parking garage at 5th and Keo (yes, I know this is like a mile away, but it works for me).

Last night’s concert was grand. The Symphony played all the right music (“Stars and Stripes Forever” is my favorite); Simon Estes performed; and the fireworks were spectacular. Even the weather cooperated. I am now in the mood for tomorrow’s holiday.



4 comments so far

  1. DART on

    So glad you enjoyed the concert again! Next year you can ride the free D-Line route from your car to the Capitol lawn to save that mile of walking. We agree, it is far easier to leave the downtown area that night when your car is further away!

    • cgieseke on

      I enjoy the walk! But thanks for the great option.

  2. Laura on

    Hello!!! Can you please email me …. I have a question about your blog. Thanks!

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