Fourth of July fireworks and festivities to begin July 3

Frances Myers

In recognition of Independence Day, City Hall and most city departments and divisions will be closed Wednesday, July 4, according to a news release sent by the city of Ames.

Normal operating hours will resume Thursday, July 5. CyRide will run a normal schedule Tuesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 5. There will be no service running July 4.

From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., the City Council will be hosting a free pancake breakfast at City Hall.

From 9 to 11 a.m. will be American Country Home Store’s Bill Riley Talent Search in Tom Evans Plaza.

At 11 a.m. the parade will be on Main Street, Douglas Avenue and Fifth Street.

From noon until 3 p.m. will be a festival on Burnett Avenue.

The festival will be filled with games, music, children’s activities, live performances, demonstrations, a football toss game, inflatables, a Humvee with Xbox games and food.

According the news release from the city of Ames, “The Ames Jaycees recently announced they will be setting off Fourth of July fireworks the evening of Tuesday, July 3, on Iowa State University property east of Jack Trice Stadium. Due to difficulties in securing an electronic shoot technician, the Jaycees have moved the fireworks from the traditional holiday evening to July 3.

“The Jaycees will begin the show at dusk on Tuesday, July 3, which has typically occurred between 9 and 10 p.m. The rain date for the fireworks is Saturday, July 7.”