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2020 Ames Independence Day Fireworks Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the highly anticipated Independence Day Fireworks display has been cancelled for Friday, July 3. Organizers state the group gathering nature of watching the fireworks and social distance guidelines make it challenging to successfully and safely hold the event.

“The Independence Day Fireworks is an annual tradition here in Ames, where residents and visitors gather to begin their holiday celebrations,” said Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau President & CEO, Kevin Bourke. “After consulting with the City of Ames and Iowa State University, we felt the safety and well-being of those residents and visitors is our utmost priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to hosting the fireworks in 2021.”

Several Iowa communities are taking similar precautions and the decision is consistent with the cancellation of other summer activities.

The Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau presents the Ames Independence Day Fireworks with partners Iowa State University, City of Ames and FUEL Story County.

About the Ames Independence Day Fireworks:
Ames Independence Day Fireworks offers safe, free, family-friendly entertainment to celebrate the Independence Day holiday and further highlights the unique “town and gown” relationship between Ames and Iowa State University. Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant funds are used to secure the services of J&M Displays to provide a safe and complimentary fireworks display.

About the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant Program:
The Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau awarded $80,000 in funding on behalf of their Community Grant Program to assist local businesses and organizations in promoting and implementing 29 special events and programs in the Ames area for 2020. Each grant was awarded according to its intent to attract new visitors to the Ames area, enhance visitor experiences and improve the quality of life for area residents. With this latest addition of grant recipients, the Bureau’s Community Grant Program has awarded more than $793,500 to help fund over 300 events and projects throughout the area since its establishment in 2007.

For more information about the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant Program, contact:

Kevin Bourke, President & CEO, Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau, 515.232.4032,
Crystal Davis, Director, Member & Visitor Services, Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau, 515.232.4032,

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