There will be a couple of opportunities for baseball fans in the state to catch a baseball game and some fireworks on this Independence Day. The Cedar Rapids Kernels are at home against the Burlington Bees in Midwest League action and general manager Doug Nelson says there will be a full day of activities at Veterans Stadium ending with a fireworks display.
Most minor league baseball teams want to be at home over the holiday and there are some leagues that will guarantee a home game on either July third or the fourth. Nelson says next year the league will have half the teams home on the third and half home on the fourth.
Baseball and the fourth of July mean big crowds as he says the holiday and baseball go hand-in-hand. A Sioux City Explorers home game on the fourth has become a tradition and they will be at home this evening in American Association play against Fargo-Moorhead. The Explorers also had a fireworks display after last night’s game.
Explorer general manager Shane Tritz says the league has always given them a home game on the fourth and the baseball game and fireworks are two of the biggest traditions.
The Waterloo Bucks won’t be hosting a fireworks show but they will be playing a Northwoods League game at home this afternoon against LaCrosse.