Get ready to don your red, white and blue and celebrate, because the Independence Day festivities will soon begin in Ames! We’ll kick things off on Thursday, July 2 with an evening of beautiful music. The Ames Choral Society and the Ames Municipal Band will present a concert at the Durham Bandshell (Duff Ave & 6th St) beginning at 7:15 pm. The Ames Choral Society will perform the patriotic “America! America!” and the Ames Municipal Band will conclude the evening with more fantastic, live music.
The highly anticipated Fireworks display will begin at dusk on Friday, July 3. The Young Professionals of Ames, in partnership with the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant Program, the City of Ames and Iowa State University, look forward to presenting the 2015 Ames Fireworks. The display will be launched from Iowa State University’s Jack Trice Stadium Lot G7 and will be visible from the surrounding stadium lots. So grab your chairs and blankets, and get ready for a great show! In case of rainy weather, the fireworks display will be moved to July 5th.
July 4th will be a fun-filled day in Ames with lots of different activities and events to check out! Start the day with the Friendship Arks Annual 5k on the 4th! at Ada Hayden Heritage Park. This run/walk will begin bright and early at 8 a.m. The proceeds benefit Friendship Ark Homes, which provides residential and supported community living services for adults with intellectual abilities. There will also be a kids run that begins at 7:45 a.m. before the official race.
Following the race, join members of the Ames City Council at the Fourth of July Community Pancake Breakfast from 8:30-10:30 a.m. There will be free pancakes, sausage, and coffee served at the front entrance of Ames City Hall (515 Clark Ave). Children are invited to bring their bikes, decorate them at breakfast, and join the parade. The Fourth of July Parade will start right after breakfast at 11 a.m. One of the largest events of the summer, the parade is a family-friendly event that attracts thousands of people to the Main Street Cultural District.
However, this patriotic party doesn’t stop after the parade. Be sure to visit the Farm House Museum from 12-4 p.m. on Iowa State University’s campus for an Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration. Join University Museums in celebrating the Fouth of July as well as the Farm House itself. At 155 years old, this building is the oldest on campus. This free, public event starts at noon so bring your family and friends along with a picnic, blanket and chairs and plan to relax and enjoy live entertainment and music by The Onion Creek Cloggers and Band from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. At 2 p.m. be transported back in time to the early days of the Farm House Museum when a time capsule from 1976 is opened. There will also be a showing of historic tractors and balers by the Gilbert Tractor Club as well as Victorian-era games played on the lawn. The Fourth of July weekend in Ames is guaranteed to be jam packed with fun for all.
Several area communities are also hosting holiday events that you won’t want to miss:
Nevada: Pancake Breakfast at Fire Station at 6:30 am, July 4
Parade at 10 am, July 4
Fireworks at 9 pm, July 4
Slater: Festivities scheduled both July 3 and 4
Fireworks, 10 pm on July 3
Plan to spend your Independence Day weekend in Ames and the surrounding communities. You’ll be sure to make some great summertime memories!