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 Pancakes + Parade= Traditional July 4th Fun in Ames
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Pancakes + Parade= Traditional July 4th Fun in Ames

The Mayor’s annual Pancake Breakfast will kick off the 4th of July in downtown Ames. The flap jacks will be flipping starting at 8:30 a.m. and will continue through 10:30 a.m. when the Mayor and city council head over to line up for the annual parade which begins at 11 o’clock sharp! Did I mention the pancakes are free?

 “Last year we had nearly 100 entries making the parade over an hour long,” said Cindy Hicks, Executive Director of the Main Street Cultural District. “You will want to get here early to find parking and claim your spot along the route.”

The Bill Riley talent competition is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Main Street at the intersection of Burnett.  The winner of the Ames competition will take home a little cash and go on to compete at the Iowa State Fair in August.

“We hope the entire community will come downtown to celebrate Independence Day on Main Street,” Hicks said. “Come for breakfast and enjoy the talent competition while you wait for the parade to begin.”

Volunteers are still needed to help make this event a success.  

What you need to know before heading downtown:

  • This year’s route for the annual 4th of July Parade will start at Clark and Main Street, it will proceed east on Main to Douglas, turn left on Douglas, then back west on Fifth Street.  The parade ends at City Hall. Click here to view parade route.
  • The parade begins at 11 a.m.
  • Organizers advise those who want to watch the parade will encounter smaller crowds and a better view on Fifth Street.  The corner of Douglas and Main and the corner of Douglas and Fifth are not the best viewing areas due to large parade entries navigating these corners.
  • Parents are asked to keep their children away from the moving vehicles along the parade route. 
  • Those wanting to sign up for the Bill Riley Talent Competition can email Sarah Buss as

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