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Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Each year, the Des Moines Symphony welcomes more than 100,000 Central Iowans to celebrate Independence Day at Yankee Doodle Pops, the largest single-day concert event in Iowa. This July, Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta and the musicians of the Des Moines Symphony are pleased to bring The Des Moines Symphony’s 30th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops to everyone in the state through a broadcast in partnership with Iowa PBS and Iowa Public Radio. As always, the Des Moines Symphony will perform time-honored patriotic favorites, including the 1812 Overture and Stars & Stripes Forever

The Symphony will be joined by legendary vocalist Hugh Panaro, who played the Phantom in over 2,000 performances of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, and vocalist Carrie Ellen Giunta.

The winner of the Des Moines Symphony’s annual "Oh Say, Can You Sing?" competition, Bethany Elle, will open Yankee Doodle Pops with The Star-Spangled Banner

When: WED JUL 3 8:30 PM
Concert Prelude Performance: 6:30 PM (featuring the Turner Jazz Center Orchestra with Tina Haase Findlay & the Des Moines Symphony Academy Youth Jazz Orchestra)
Where: Iowa State Capitol, West Terrace

2024 Yankee Doodle Pops T-Shirt

Show your support for this free annual event and the Symphony when you purchase your limited edition Yankee Doodle Pops t-shirt. Order by July 4 to have your shirt shipped directly to you around July 15.

Due to restrictions regarding sales at the Capitol, shirts will not be available for purchase at the concert but may be purchased online and shipped following the concert.

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Event Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Media Partner

Viewing Party Presenting Sponsors

Viewing Party Supporting Sponsors

Viewing Party Table Sponsors

  • Bankers Trust
  • Kemin Industries
  • NCMIC Group


  • KEY / Arr. Damrosch The Star Spangled Banner
  • John WILLIAMS Sound the Bells
  • COHAN / Arr. HOLCOMBE George M. Cohan Medley
  • Traditional / Arr. WALDIN Stranger in Paradise from Kismet
  • WILLSON Ya Got Trouble from The Music Man
  • WILLSON / Arr. ANDERSON Seventy-Six Trombones from The Music Man
  • Traditional / Arr. Holcombe Armed Forces Salute
  • John WILLIAMS Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan
  • John WILLIAMS Midway March
  • BERLIN / Arr. KESSLER God Bless America
  • Carole SAGER & David FOSTER The Prayer
  • Leroy ANDERSON Serenata
  • Claude-Michel SCHÖNBERG / Arr. Arnold KROGSTAD Bring Him Home from Les Misérables
  • WARD America the Beautiful
  • TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture
  • SOUSA Hands Across the Sea
  • SOUSA The Stars & Stripes Forever


  • Joseph Giunta Conductor Bio
  • Hugh Panaro Vocalist Bio
  • Carrie Ellen Giunta Soprano Bio

How to Get There

Bike Parking

  • Free bicycle valet: Starting at 3pm on the Capitol grounds, a free bicycle valet (provided by Des Moines Street Collective) will be available on the corner of E. 9th and Grand. Please provide your own lock. 

Parking/Street Closures

  • 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 7thStreet – Locust Street to Grand Avenue (8:30AM Sun Jul 2 –  3:00AM Tues July 4)
    • Grand Avenue Bridge – Robert Ray Drive to 2nd Avenue (12:00PM Mon Jul 3 – 12:00AM Tues July 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.

Smokefree Air Act

Per the Smokefree Air Act, smoking is prohibited in outdoor areas owned by the state government. This includes the Iowa State Capitol grounds during Yankee Doodle Pops. Troopers patrol the area and do their best to remind guests of the Smokefree Air Act.

In addition, vaping and e-cigarettes are also prohibited on state property.

2024 Food Vendors

Each year, in addition to the incredible music provided by the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, Yankee Doodle Pops attendees can sample food and drinks from some of the best local and national vendors around. You can find all the delicious wares on Finkbine, right in front of the Capitol building. Here's a sneak peek at what you'll find this year!

Hotsy Totsy: Hot and crispy tater tots with a variety of toppings.
Roadside Tacos: Delicious tacos, nachos, burritos, and rice bowls.
Wahlburgers: Hy-Vee is bringing some of your favorite Walburgers bites to Yankee Doodle Pops
Hyper Energy Bar: Custom, hand-made energy drinks to help you beat the heat!
Kona Ice: Tropical shaved ice in a wide variety of flavor combinations.
Twisted Asian: Enjoy refreshing fresh squeezed lemonade, Thai tea, and iced coffee.
Pie Mates Australian Bakehouse: Australian savory meat pies and rolls.
Over the Top Ice Cream: Sweet and creamy ice cream cones and cups in delicious flavors.
Caribbean Kitchen: Island flavors like jerk chicken, pineapple pork, curry chicken rice bowls and classic Jamaican beef empanadas.
Snappy's Stick Fire BBQ: All your backyard favorites! Offerings include a variety of smoked meats including beef brisket, pulled pork and hot dogs, nachos, and even mac and cheese!
Chik-fil-A: Fan favorite chicken sandwiches, nuggets, fries, and salads.
Zimm's Kettle Corn: Classic kettle corn made fresh.

* Note: All food vendors and offerings are tentative and subject to change.