All eyes will be fixed on the skies in Ames on July 3rd for this year’s Independence Day fireworks, thanks to a community grant from the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB). The Bureau has been funding the annual fireworks display since 2007.
As has been the practice for the last several years, the highly anticipated sky show will be Wednesday, July 3, the night before Independence Day, starting at 9:45 p.m. “The Ames community has really grown to appreciate having fireworks on the third [of July] so they can enjoy the evening more without worrying about getting up early the next day for work,” says Crystal Davis, Destination Ames Member & Visitors Services Director for the ACVB.
Though funded by the ACVB, the fireworks display – purchased from J&M Displays – is a successful, highly-anticipated tradition because of the Bureau’s partnership with Iowa State University (ISU), the City of Ames, and FUEL Story County (formerly Young Professionals of Ames).
The best public viewing locations are in the parking lots surrounding Jack Trice Stadium and the Iowa State Center. Lots will be open at 8:00 that evening. As a reminder, lighting personal fireworks – including sparklers, firecrackers, bottle rockets, and open flames – are prohibited within Ames city limits so they will not be allowed in the parking lot. The professional fireworks will be launched by J&M from the ISU G7 parking lot across University Drive, east of the stadium. Extra precautions are being taken this year by the ACVB due to the concurrent construction in the ISU intramural fields. In the case of rain, the fireworks show will be moved to Friday, July 5th.
The Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau makes funds available each year for the public event through the ACVB CYtes of Ames Community Grant program. In 2019, nearly $90,000 has been awarded to 30 different events that attract visitors to the Ames area, enhance visitor experience and improve quality of life for residents. Since 2007, the Program has granted over $720,000 to fund close to 300 events that enrich the Ames community for visitors and locals alike. For more information on the ACVB CYtes of Ames Community Grant Program and the 2020 application process, please contact Jean McBreen at the ACVB: 515-232-4032.