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Celebrate July 4th in Ames

Fly your flags proudly, Ames! It’s almost Independence Day!


Start your holiday weekend with a trip to the Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market or North Grand  Farmers’ Market, where you’ll find fresh produce and baked goods – perfect for your July 4 barbecue. Both markets are held Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Will Iowa sweet corn be ready in time for holiday cookouts? Keep your fingers crossed!)

Continue the weekend celebration on Sunday, July 3 with a little music: The Cherrypickers will perform at Snus Hill Winery in Madrid at 2 p.m., and Slice the Sky will play at Roosevelt Park at 7 p.m.


The Ames Community Fireworks extravaganza will take place Sunday night, July 3. There’s plenty of parking in the Iowa State Center and Jack Trice Stadium paved lots for this annual event.

Bring your chairs and blankets, but please don’t bring any personal fireworks, as they are not allowed (this ban includes sparklers!)

Parking lots open at 8 p.m. The fireworks show begins as soon as the sky is completely dark. Fireworks will be launched in the area east of University Blvd. near Jack Trice Stadium.

Fireworks are presented by Discover Ames, with support from the City of Ames and Iowa State University. Enjoy the fireworks – they’re paid for by Ames visitors!


TheFourth of July Parade is an Ames tradition. Arrive early, because nearby parking fills up fast! Kids and kids-at-heart will be lining the streets of downtown long before the parade begins at 11 a.m. Bring chairs or blankets, and don’t forget bottled water, sunscreen, and a bag to collect all that candy.

The Monday, July 4 parade is an Ames Main Street event.


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